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Kiser Lake State Park
KISER LAKE STATE PARK
KISER LAKE STATE PARK
4885 N. St. Rt. 235
St. Paris, Ohio   43072

Phone: 937-362-3822
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Kiser Lake State Park

The quiet and relaxing atmosphere of Kiser Lake State Park makes it a favorite Ohio getaway. The rolling wooded hills and diverse wetlands add to the beauty of this scenic lake known for its clean, clear waters.
Nature of the Area
The area surrounding Kiser Lake State Park is a gift of the ice age. Two natural phenomena caused by the glaciers helped shape the region into its present form. The gently, rolling wooded hills were caused by glacial deposits in the form of end moraines when the ice edge remained stationary for a period of time, creating a linear ridge along the ice front. One such moraine called the Farmersville surrounds the lake on three sides creating a hummocky elevation through the area. Moraine deposits contain boulders, some weighing many tons, carried from as far away as Canada. These boulders, called erratics, are a familiar sight at Kiser. Another geologic feature at Kiser Lake State Park is the kame field at the southeastern end of the lake. Kames are mounds of sand and gravel that are formed by meltwater flowing across glacial ice. The water deposits sediment into holes along the ice margin leaving behind hummocky mounds.

The wetlands at Kiser are in the form of fen and wet meadow habitat. These areas were formed when blocks of ice broke away from the glacier and became covered by sand and gravel. As the climate warmed, the ice melted and left a depression filled with water surrounded by glacial deposits. These areas are filled with many intriguing plants including pitcher plant, sundew, tamarack and spruce.
History of the Area
The Kiser Lake region in Champaign County was the home of Tecumseh, the great Shawnee warrior. He lived and hunted on Buck Creek near the site of present-day Urbana. It was also near here where Simon Kenton, the legendary frontiersman, was once held captive by the Shawnee. Kenton admired the Shawnee for choosing such a beautiful area in which to reside. He remembered the area well and returned later in his life. Around 1802, Kenton settled in Urbana for several years. His remains lie in Oakdale Cemetery, southeast of Urbana under an impressive monument.

Kiser Lake was a dream of John W. Kiser and other members of his family. Their idea was to create a lake in the Mosquito Valley area which was low, swampy and dotted with numerous springs. In 1932, the Kiser family offered to the state of Ohio several hundred acres of the Mosquito Creek Valley. In 1939, a dam was constructed and the new lake was named Kiser becoming part of what is now Kiser Lake State Park. The lake is nearly 2.5 miles in length and has 5.3 miles of shoreline.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres531
 Water, acres396
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles11
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #2
 Swimming Beach, feet600
 Beach Concessionyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating Limits-3
 Seasonal Dock Rental45
 Launch Ramps, #5
CampingPrimative, #108
 Electric Sites, #10
 Pets Permittedyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Camper Cabins, #1
 Group Camp, capacity250
WinterSleddingyes
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
 Ice Boatingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
Camping
A family camping area with 115 non-electric sites is open all year. Picnic tables, fire rings, a trailer waste station and latrines are provided. A group camp is available on the south side of the lake for youth and adult organizations on a reservation basis. Two Rent-a-Camp units, consisting of a tent, dining fly, cooler, cook stove and other equipment, can be rented during the summer months by reservation.
Swimming
A 600-foot swimming beach is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A refreshment stand is near the beach. Scuba diving is permitted except within the beach area. Divers must be accompanied by at least one person. Proper equipment and marking of the diving area are required.
Boating
Sailing is popular at Kiser Lake as boats with motors are not permitted on the lake. A launch ramp and public docks are available. Boats can be rented at two boat rentals within the park.


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Picnicking
Four picnic areas with tables and grills are located in the park. Shelters are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. No open fires are permitted in these areas.
Trails
Four hiking trails are located within the park and provide 4.5 scenic miles of walking pleasure. Red Oak trail is located in the family camp area at the east end of the lake. Pine Tree and Possum Hollow trails can be reached from the group camp area. The North Bay Trail follows the lake shoreline for 1.5 miles.
Area Attractions
Kiser Lake Wetlands Nature Preserve, located within the park, consists of two separate areas on the south side of the lake. These areas are remnants of a 300-acre fen known as Mosquito Lake Bog which was created by the last glacier invading Ohio. Access is by written permission only from the chief of the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

The Simon Kenton Historic Corridor, located between Piqua and Mechanicsburg, is popular among tourists. Attractions along the route include: the Piqua Historical Area, A.B. Graham Memorial Center (Founder of the 4-H Clubs) and the Simon Kenton gravesite. Natural wonders along the corridor include Cedar Bog and Ohio Caverns.

The Air Force Museum can be visited in nearby Dayton.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 9 Serene,Picturesque lake perfect ..... by Ducky,resident
Serene picturesque lake perfect for rowing and canoeing, If you miss the easy times of Mayberry, come here
April 29 trails
the horse riders/sportmans club, made those trails many many years ago, after years of fighting with ohio , HORSES got their trails back. as far as i know the horses dont go on the trail around the campsite area/side. they use the south side. so if you dont like horse poop, stay to the trails for people.
July 29 Swimming Beach by Todd
The Water was cold at some points and I thought it could of been cleaner. But still a good time. I was there today.
October 2 #1 great lake of ohio by cornrabbit
love the bass can catch over 50 in a good day. lots of good pan fishing only keep the big ones. size limit is great but some people dont use it. love the lake in the fall.
January 4 does have ok fishing
I think they need to put a size limt on blue gill. i have seen buckets of them 2 and 3inches long took i ask why they said to make fish cakes.let them grow at least a little.
September 23 Problems
We thought the trails were for humans to enjoy not horse back riding. There have been up to 30 horses there at a time and they leave alot of horse poop behind so you can not even walk in some ares. Why is this allowed? Also my children went to the beach and there was alot of bird poop on the shoreline. Can this not be cleaned up or contained or to the side so they do not have to try to step around it.
July 17 non-fishing! by glen hawkins jr.
i was at kiser lake 3 days in a row,used every bait known to man in the free world didnt even get a nibble, if any of you so called fisherman know where to fish let me in on it,some special bait too!
January 1 our absolute favorite by love to camp
the vips are fantastic!!! we are new trailer campers and the volunteers helped to make our first outings memorable!we love debbie and all the activities! great fishing! great photos
July 9 One of my favorite parks to take G-kids by Teresa Teets
On July 8th I visited your park with my 3 grandchildren. Ages 1, 13 and 4. We have come in the past and rented a paddle boat and picnicked and swam. unfortunately the paddle boats were broken. We still picniced and swam. I am impressed at how clean the park and especially the beach area was. I prefer this anyday over CJ Brown Resorvoir. My boyfriend and I are avid fisherman almost every weekend. He even fishes in the winter there when lake is not frozen.
May 23 i love this park by rainbowwoman
The only thing wroung with this park is that they only let 6 campers per site. We recently went down to camp on memorial weekend only to be told we can not camp because there would have been 8 on our site and not 6 I am dissapointed and let down. We go every year only this year they changed all the camp sites and we had to turn our camper around and go back home I cried all the way home.
May 13 One of my FAVS by Nat B
Love the numerous things to do at this park. Makes for an awesome weekend away from all the ripping & running!


Area Campgrounds

Cahill's Meadow Lake
4739 Woodville Pike
Urbana, OH
937-652-3400


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Todd's Sports Shop
5726 N State Route 235
Rosewood, OH
(937) 362-3473


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4885 N. St. Rt. 235, St. Paris, OH 43072

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