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LAKE LORAMIE STATE PARK
LAKE LORAMIE STATE PARK
4401 Ft. Loramie Swanders Road
Minster, Ohio   45865-9311

Phone: 937-295-2011
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Lake Loramie State Park
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Lake Loramie State Park
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Lake Loramie State Park
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Lake Loramie State Park
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One of the original canal feeder lakes, Lake Loramie State Park offers visitors a quiet retreat in rural Ohio. Swim from the sandy beach, hike along the old canal towpath, stay a night in a shaded campsite or boat the lazy waters of Lake Loramie.
Nature of the Area
Although difficult to imagine, Ohio at one time had more than two-thirds of its surface covered by massive sheets of ice as much as a mile thick in places. At least three great ice sheets invaded Ohio's boundaries in the geologic past. The last one retreated 12,000 years ago. These ice advances directly impacted the natural features now evident at Lake Loramie State Park. Materials deposited by the glaciers included clay, sand, gravel and boulders of various sizes.

In the western half of Ohio where the land is generally level, these deposits resulted in some of the world's richest soils. A great forest emerged after the glacial era, covering 95% of the state. In the vicinity of Lake Loramie, the vegetation consisted of mainly beech forests which thrived in the moist, fertile soils of the region. Today, little can be seen of that mighty forest because development of the land for agriculture and other purposes has drastically altered the original vegetation. Small woodlots, grass plains, prairie and farmland are typical of the area today. The park's campground supports a colony of the unique bald cypress tree as well as a plantation of sweet gum dating back to the early 1950s. Waterfowl, including Canada geese, frequent the park along with various songbirds and small mammals. Wildflowers flourish in the forests and fields. On the lake, waterlily, cattail and a beautiful display of American lotus enhance the view. A trail leading to Blackberry Island will treat visitors to glimpses of nesting red-headed woodpeckers and barred owls. The park's meadows support a large population of eastern bluebirds.
History of the Area
Preceding the French and Indian War of 1754-1763, the Miami village called Pickawillany became prominent in this area. Over 400 Indian families lived here and it became the principal headquarters of the Miami Confederacy before being destroyed by the French in 1752 because the Miami Indians sided with the British.

Lake Loramie derived its name from the famous French-Canadian trader, Peter Loramie, who in 1769 established a trading post at the mouth of Loramie Creek near the west end of what is now Loramie Reservoir. Loramie first came to the area as a Jesuit priest to minister to the Wyandot and Shawnee Indians.

Loramie's store became the center of Indian mischief against the settlers, and Loramie became a bitter enemy of the Americans. General George Rogers Clark destroyed the post and a nearby Indian village in 1782 during an expedition in the Miami valley. Loramie emigrated west with a band of Shawnee shortly afterwards. In 1794, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne built a fort on the former trading post site.

Lake Loramie was originally constructed in 1824-25 as a storage reservoir to supply water for the Miami-Erie Canal system. A short feeder canal connected Lake Loramie with the main canal which furnished transportation from the Ohio River at Cincinnati north to Lake Erie. The canal system reached its peak of economic importance in the mid-1800s. Eventually, the advent of the railroads and destruction caused by the floods of 1913 forced the abandonment of the canals in that year.

Since that time, Lake Loramie and other canal lands became recognized for their potential to serve increasing outdoor recreational needs. In 1949, Lake Loramie became the possession of the newly created Division of Parks and Recreation of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and has been maintained as a state park since.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres407
 Water, acres1655
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles8
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #3
 Swimming Beach, feet600
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating LimitsUnlimited HP
 Seasonal Dock Rental91
 Launch Ramps, #6
CampingPrimative, #1
 Electric Sites, #160
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Rent-A-Camp Sites, #4
 Group Camp, capacity110
 Youth Group Camp, capacity115
 Campground Beachyes
WinterSleddingyes
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
 Snowmobilingyes
 Ice Boatingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
Camping
Camping enthusiasts can choose from either electric or non-electric campsites, many of which are shaded waterfront sites. The campground features showers, flush toilets and a dump station. Several sites are equipped with boat tie-ups. There are three group camp areas available by reservation to organized groups. Three Rent-A-Camp sites consisting of a tent, dining shelter, cookstove and other equipment can be rented during summer months by reservation only.
Events
September 5
Catfish Derby - Lake Loramie
The Ohio Division of Wildlife and Lake Loramie State Park will be hosting a Catfish Derby on Saturday, August 29th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the beach parking lot on State Route 362. The Division of Wildlife will be stocking an enclosed channel with many catfish so the kids are almost guaranteed a fish to catch. The derby is free to the public and is open to kids ages 17 and under. Parents are welcome to and help your little one bring in the big fish. Make sure anyone 16 and over have a current fishing license. If you don't have a fishing equipment Lake Loramie and the Division of Wildlife will be there with poles and a limited supply of bait for everyone. Come and join us for a morning of fishing fun.

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September 18 - September 20
Fall Festival - Lake Loramie
The annual Fall Festival and camp-out will be September 18-20th at Lake Loramie State Park Campground. The weekend , which is co-sponsored by the Lake Loramie Improvement Association, begins at 4:00 pm. on Friday the 18th and concludes on Sunday the 20th at 4:00 pm. The Festival features an Antique Power Show. Many gas powered tractors will be on display. Other equipment such as a lumber mill, wheat thresher, shingle mill and various engines will also be on display and operating through out the weekend. Kids' games and activities are scheduled through the weekend with Lake Loramie's Naturalist. Over 60 art and craft exhibitors will be at the festival making items from toys to household decorations, flower arrangements and much more. A farmers Market will be held on Saturday, September 13th. Food is available from several local organizations along with various live entertainments all weekend. Mountain men encampment. They will be dressed in the Early American Settler period to display how day to day life was during that era in history. They will also have demonstrations on the tools and equipment that was used to survive in the frontier.

Lake Loramie State Park

October 9 - October 11
Halloween Campout - Lake Loramie
Annual Halloween Campout. Events are open to registered campers only and begin Friday night with a scary movie and popcorn at the amphitheater presented by the Camper Hosts. Saturday's events begin with a kids' craft and with a potluck dinner at noon. campers are encouraged to bring along a side dish to share. Other events will continue through out the afternoon including pumpkin painting, kids games and trick-or-treat hour. Sunday campers are encouraged to explore the many attractions Lake Loramie has to offer.

Lake Loramie State Park

October 16 - October 18
Halloween Campout 2 - Lake Loramie
The 2nd weekend in a row for a Halloween Campout!!!! Events are open to registered campers only and begin Friday night with a scary movie and popcorn at the amphitheater presented by the Camper Host. Saturday's events begin with a kids' craft and with a potluck dinner at noon.Campers are encouraged to bring along a side dish to share. Other events will continue through out the afternoon including pumpkin painting, kids games, and a trick-or treat hour. Sunday campers are encouraged to explore the many attractions Lake Loramie has to offer.

Lake Loramie State Park

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Swimming
Lake Loramie features a 600-foot sandy beach with adjacent picnic areas, playground and shelterhouse.
Boating
Boating is a popular activity at Lake Loramie. Unlimited horsepower boat motors are permitted. Dock rentals and launch ramps are provided. The entire lake is classified as "no wake" with the exception of the designated "speed zone" in the west end of the lake. Water skiing is prohibited.


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Picnicking
One of the original canal feeder lakes, Lake Loramie State Park offers visitors a quiet retreat in rural Ohio. Swim from the sandy beach, hike along the old canal towpath, stay a night in a shaded campsite or boat the lazy waters of Lake Loramie.
Trails
The hiking opportunities at Lake Loramie include more than eight miles of trail. A portion of the trail system follows the Miami-Erie Canal from the park to Delphos. This route is also a part of the Buckeye Trail and the North Country National Scenic Trail.
Area Attractions
North of Jackson Center on County Road 22 is Gross Woods State Nature Preserve. Gross Woods is managed by the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and is one of the least disturbed woods in west-central Ohio. It is also one of the few mixed species swamp forests remaining in this part of Ohio.

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park is within a half-hour drive of Lake Loramie and offers camping, fishing, boating, picnicking and swimming.

For additional information on local attractions, phone the Division of Travel and Tourism at 1-800-BUCKEYE.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 7 our Favorite PLACE by Connie
GREW UP CAMPING AT LAKE LORAMIE SIXY THREE YEAR OLD AN STILL CAMPING AT LAKE LORAMIE
June 13 Mosquitos by Kentucky,June 12 2011
I really loved camping in your park but the bugs were bad hope it gets better by Sept.as I hope to return then
May 18 hey by hey
it was great best for family fun!!!


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Directions
4401 Ft. Loramie Swanders Road,Minster, Ohio 45865-9311

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Northwest Ohio Region
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Lake Loramie State Park
Lake Loramie State Park