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Mosquito Lake State Park
MOSQUITO LAKE STATE PARK
MOSQUITO LAKE STATE PARK
1439 State Route 305
Cortland, Ohio   44410-9303
Mosquito Lake State Park
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Mosquito Lake State Park

Mosquito Lake State Park

Mosquito Lake State Park
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Mosquito Lake State Park

Mosquito Lake State Park

Mosquito Lake State Park
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Water recreation, hiking, camping and picnicking attract visitors to Mosquito Lake, one of the largest lakes in Ohio. Mature woodlands and vast marshes provide safe haven for wildlife and will delight nature enthusiasts.
Nature of the Area
Before Ohio was settled, the banks of Mosquito Creek were hidden by a vast forest that covered most of the state. Little remains of the ancient forest that stood for nearly 10,000 years. In the Mosquito Lake area, regrowth has occurred and the nice stands of beech-maple woodlands can be enjoyed. In pioneer times, the beech-maple belt was very extensive and stretched from Mansfield to Pennsylvania. The reason is that this area has more cloudy days, cooler summer temperatures and more winter snow cover as compared to the rest of Ohio.

The park's woodlands support colonies of spring beauties, anemones, Dutchman's breeches, purple cresses and other spring wildflowers. Goldenrod and asters will bloom in the fall in the park's open areas. Many wildlife species find the park's varied habitats suitable. Red fox, woodchuck, muskrat, beaver, fox squirrel, raccoon, rabbit and white-tailed deer are common. Recently, river otters were reintroduced in nearby favorable locations. Several otter families have been sighted.

Many birds live in or migrate through the area including robins, warblers, swallows and sparrows. The yellow-bellied sapsucker and hairy woodpecker are uncommon in other parts of Ohio but abundant in this part of the state. Numerous species of waterfowl and shorebirds take advantage of the park's many wetlands during spring and fall migrations. Canada geese, herons, tundra swans, great egrets and a variety of ducks can be observed. Large predatory birds including several species of hawks and the magnificent bald and golden eagles have been spotted here.
History of the Area
Mosquito Lake State Park lies in Bazetta and Mecca townships in the center of Trumbull County. In 1795, the Connecticut Land Company offered for sale a 17,247-acre tract of land named Bazetta Township. This large tract of land was divided into 100 parcels and offered for sale to the early pioneers. The first settlers arrived in the township in 1805. The area was wilderness, and their first tasks were to clear the land, plant crops, build a log house and a stockade for their animals. Deer, turkey, rabbit and squirrel were plentiful. So were bears and wolves. By 1812, most Indians had left the area.

Samuel Bacon moved to Bazetta Township in 1816. The Bacon family operated a sawmill from 1816 to 1850. Samueal Bacon erected some of the first frame buildings, developing stores in the community. Thus, the area now named Cortland was locally called Baconsburg.

The village of Cortland became a reality in 1874 when the first railroad was built with a depot in Cortland. By 1882, the population of the village rose to 614 people. There were three churches, two newspapers, stores, mills and other enterprises.

Agriculture was the first and foremost industry in the area. Most other industries were farm related: feed and flour mill, cheese, dairy and canning factories, mercantiles and lumberyards.

In 1930's, plans were drawn up to dam the Mosquito Creek under the Federal Flood Control Act to alleviate floods on the Mahoning, Beaver and Ohio rivers. The dam would also provide domestic water supply for the city of Warren and pollution abatement as a result of the industrialized steel production along the Mahoning River. Completed in April 1944, the dam's capacity held 34 billion gallons of water covering 7,850 acres of land. In 1946. the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to manage the recreation on the lake.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres2483
 Water, acres4000
 Nearby Wildlife Area, acres5370
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles20
 Picnickingyes
 Swimming Beach, feet600
 Bridle Trails, miles20
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating LimitsUnlimited HP
 Seasonal Dock Rental250
 Launch Ramps, #5
 Fuel For Saleyes
CampingPrimative, #16
 Electric Sites, #218
 Pets Permittedyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
WinterCross-Country Skiingyes
 Snowmobilingyes
 Ice Boatingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
Camping
Phase II of the campground electrification will begin in mid-August. The campground will remain open, however site availability may be limited at times.

The campground at Mosquito Lake has 234 non-electric sites. The majority of the sites are situated in a mature forest while others provide lakeshore access and vistas. There is a boat launching area for the campers with shoreline tie-ups. Facilities include a shower building with flush toilets, and pit latrines are located throughout the camp. Children's playground, horseshoe pits and volleyball are also available.
Swimming
A 600-foot beach provides recreation for swimmers and sun bathers.
Boating
Unlimited horsepower boating is permitted on the 7,850-acre lake. Four launch ramps provide access to the lake. Fuel, boat rentals and seasonal dock rentals are available.


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Picnicking
Several picnic areas are located in the scenic areas of the park. Tables and grills are provided.
Trails
Several hiking trails allow visitors to explore the woodlands and scenic shoreline of the park. Ten miles of bridle trails give horsemen access to the park's interior. Snowmobilers have access to 14 miles of shoreline and 15 miles of wooded trails.
Area Attractions
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains five recreational areas along the dam site providing an nature trail and fitness course. A wheelchair accessible fishing dock is located in the Lakeside Picnic Area.

Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area, at the north end of the lake, is managed under a lease agreement by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. Grand River Wildlife Area is located west of the park along State Route 88.

Punderson, Pymatuning and West Branch state parks are located within a one-hour drive of Mosquito Lake. These parks contain numerous facilities including overnight accommodations and day-use amenities.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 29 Favorite park by rmollie60@yahoo.com
We have been regular visitors to Mosquito Lake for several years now. We have 3 grandchild and they love it!! There is always something going on for the children.The rangers have always been kind and helpful. We will continue to frequent this Lake.
August 29 GREAT PARK!!! by Dwayne
Have camped there a few times in the last couple of years, ALWAYS a GREAT time, have 2 sites reserved for Labor Day weekend, going with some friends!! Should have a Ball!!!!!!
July 9 BEACH by christina
would be an awesome park, if the beach was cleaner...its full of duck poopy..really need to work on the beach
January 17 Rude Ranger
Will not go back to this Park due to the extreme rudeness of one particular Ranger!
July 18 Great Dog park by Pet Lover USA
Nice lake, unlimited horse power, But we luved the dog park this place had to offer the best. Also the dog park led into the lake so our dogs could play in the water with other dogs and swim in a secure spacious area. Also they have an area for 25lb dogs or less, segraged in the event you dont feel comfortable taking your little dog in with the big dogs. (no one used the 25 lb or less section, they all played well with the big dogs) clean, great water supply for the dogs, clean bencches throughout dog park for humans to relax, trees provided great shade for all. Dynamite place to take your dogs! I would rather travel 2 hours from PGH to use this facility than use the garbage dog parks PA has to offer. (Our Pa Gov. Rendal Wastes our PA tax dollars, but Ohio Did it Right)
June 26 Nice Wooded Sites by diakat
Nice wooded sites, love the dog park, large clean beach for swimming. All around great place to camp or visit for the day.
May 24 Great Place to Camp
Great State Park to camp. Staff very helpfull
November 23 Beautiful Lake &Trails. Geo-Caching Too by Shotsea
It would be very helpful to have maps of the trails on the website.
May 20 Great for Kids by Amanda Gail
We enjoy camping here every year. Our kids really enjoy it. Clean, fun, beautiful, relaxing, and a great time!!
May 3 Quiet roomy park by Graneet
This is our first year at misquito lake one month so far very nice. I like the size of the campsights.


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Area Fishing Related Businesses
Gander Mountain
2390 Niles Cortland Rd Se
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Larry's Super Pawn Inc
2875 W Market St
Warren, OH
(330) 898-4197


Causeway Sporting Goods
2233 Greenville Rd
Cortland, OH
(330) 637-7076


Scott's Fishing Equipment & Sporting Goods
260 W Main St
Cortland, OH
(330) 637-5528


Pikie Bay
7100 Hoagland Blackstub Rd
Cortland, OH
(330) 637-2512


Captain Dan's
2252 Greenville Rd
Cortland, OH
(330) 393-3604


Area Cabins and Lodges
Avalon Golf & Country Club-Avalon Lakes
1 American Way NE
Warren, OH
(330) 856-8898


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