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Northeast Ohio Region
Jefferson Lake State Park
JEFFERSON LAKE STATE PARK
JEFFERSON LAKE STATE PARK
501 Township Road 261A
Richmond, Ohio   43944

Phone: 740-765-4459
Reservations: 866-644-6727
The sandstone hills of Jefferson County are part of the Appalachian Highlands which envelop the southeastern part of Ohio. In the sandstone bedrock can be found layers of coal which were formed by decaying swamp vegetation millions of years ago during the Pennsylvanian geologic period.
Nature of the Area
The sandstone hills of Jefferson County are part of the Appalachian Highlands which envelop the southeastern part of Ohio. In the sandstone bedrock can be found layers of coal which were formed by decaying swamp vegetation millions of years ago during the Pennsylvanian geologic period.

Covering the hills and valleys of the area is a second growth oak and hickory forest. Growing side-by-side with towering white oaks and shagbark hickories are stately beeches and maples, tulip trees, walnuts, elms and ashes. The forest is composed of much more than trees, although they constitute its most conspicuous feature. The observant visitor may find a wealth of wildflowers such as wild geranium, hepatica and bloodroot. The leafy canopy rings with a harmonious chorus of bird songs. Wild turkey and ruffed grouse are dispersed in these hills and forests as well. These are just a few of the natural wonders found at Jefferson Lake.
History of the Area
The Jefferson Lake region was once the home of Logan, the celebrated Mingo chief whose family was massacred near here on the Ohio River at the mouth of Yellow creek. This incident spurred Lord Dunmore's War in 1774.

In more recent times, the area has been home to the steel industry in Ohio. The underlying coal fields and Ohio River access have made it a focal point of this industry.

Jefferson Lake State Park was developed on 962 acres in the valley of the Town Fork of Yellow Creek. Land acquisition began in 1928. The lake and other facilities were constructed by the National Park Service in cooperation with the old Ohio Division of Conservation as a project of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the depression. The dam was constructed in 1934 and the 17-acre lake was filled in 1946. In 1950, the area was turned over to the newly created Division of Parks and Recreation.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres945
 Water, acres17
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles18
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #3
 Swimming Beach, feet200
 Mountain Bike Trails, miles20
 Bridle Trails, miles18
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoating Limits-1
 Launch Ramps, #1
CampingPrimative, #61
 Pets Permittedyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Rent-A-Camp Sites, #1
 Horsemen Campsites, #35
WinterCross-Country Skiingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
Camping
There is a family camping area suitable for tents and trailers offering 97 non-electric sites. Latrines water fountains, picnic tables and fire rings are provided. Rent-A-Camp sites equipped with a tent, covered picnic table, cookstove and other gear are available on a reservation basis. Campers with pets are permitted on designated sites.
Swimming
A nice public beach offers recreation for swimmers and sunbathers. Facilities include a bathhouse, showers and toilets.
Boating
Non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors up to four horsepower are permitted on Jefferson Lake.


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Picnicking
Many picnic tables are located in scenic spots around the lake. Two shelterhouses are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Trails
Nearly 15 miles of scenic, sometimes rugged, hiking and bridle trails meander through the park challenging visitors during any season.
Area Attractions
Fernwood State Forest is located southeast of Bloomingdale near State Route 151. The forest offers camping facilities, hiking and bridle trails and a trap shoot area. Yellow Creek State Forest is north near Wellsville.

The McCook House State Memorial is located in the town square of Carrollton. This federal-style brick house was built in 1837. It was the home of the "Fighting McCooks," a family that contributed 13 men to the Union Army in the Civil War. The house is open June through September.

The Morgan Raiders marker, 12 miles east of Carrollton on State Route 39, designates the northernmost battle of the Civil War. This battle was fought on July 26, 1863.

The Petersburg Algonquin Steam Flouring Mill on State Route 332 four miles south of Carrollton, is a designated National Historical Site. It is believed to be the only steam-operated mill in Ohio.

New Rumley, the birthplace of General George Armstrong Custer, is the site of a handsome exhibit detailing his life and battles.

Three Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Lakes offer recreation opportunities. Atwood Lake is on S.R. 542 near Dellroy, Leesville is near Carrollton and Tappan on U.S. 250.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 1 Great Camping by Maggie
Whether you use a tent or an RV, this is the best camping ever. There are five electric sites, but all the sites are big and beautiful. We prefer the non-electric. There are groves of trees and natural shade to keep cool on a hot day.
May 31 My favorite park by jerry rydarowicz
Very peaceful and quiet. also clean.
May 16 Quiet by Dallas
A real campers dream, about no one is there, the park is large and you usually have your own hill. They keep up with the spots, its never overrun, and on weekends they have movies.The people that are there are nice and you can enjoy nice fires.


Area Campgrounds

Austin Lake Park and Campground
1002 Twp. Hwy. 285 A
Toronto, OH
740-544-5253


Good's Woods Campground
199 Apollo Road, NE
Carrollton, OH
330-738-6792


Al-Twin Valley Campground
2330 Apollo Road SE
Carrollton, OH
330-739-2811


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