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Punderson State Park
PUNDERSON STATE PARK
PUNDERSON STATE PARK
PO Box 338, 11755 Kinsman Road
Newbury, Ohio   44065-9684

Phone: 440-564-2279
Punderson State Park with its natural lake, resort manor house, family cottages, golf course and scenic campground, provides myriad recreational opportunities for visitors. Punderson is also Ohio's premier winter sports park. Sledding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are all at their best.
Nature of the Area
Punderson State Park is located in the glaciated plateau region of Ohio. During the Ice Age, this area was buried under glacial ice. The last glacier to enter Ohio's boundaries, the Wisconsinan, receded about 12,000 years ago. Punderson Lake, one of Ohio's few natural lakes, owes its origin to this massive ice sheet. It is a kettle lake which was formed when a large block of ice broke off the glacier creating a depression which filled with meltwater. Punderson is the largest and deepest kettle lake in Ohio.

The aquatic environment of the lake combined with the surrounding woodlands give Punderson a diverse array of natural wonders. The lake is home to a variety of shorebirds and waterfowl including great blue herons, Canada geese and wood ducks. Ohio's largest rodent, the beaver, can also be spotted around the lake. Great horned owls, white-tailed deer, opossum and raccoons can be found within the park boundaries.

In the park, the vegetation is as diverse as the animal population. Wild geranium, buttercup, blue-eyed grass and pennywort are just a few of the wildflowers that inhabit the area.
History of the Area
Both the park and the lake take their names from Lemuel Punderson, a young enterprising land agent who became Newbury Township's first permanent settler in 1808. Punderson constructed a small dam on the south side of the "big pond," as he called it, and used the outflowing water as the power source for a grist mill. The Punderson family developed a small estate on the edge of the sparkling blue lake, and their home became a popular gathering place for family and friends.

The area surrounding Punderson Lake developed into a quiet resort providing a get-away from the bustling Cleveland setting. Summer cottages and even a small hotel were built on the hills surrounding the lake. In 1929, construction began on the English-tudor manor house, but the facility was not completed until 1948. That year, the ODNR Division of Wildlife purchased the land and lake for hunting and fishing. In 1951, the area was transferred to the Division of Parks and Recreation for development as a state park. The manor house was completely remodeled and opened to the public on November 15, 1956. A structural renovation was completed in 1982.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres741
 Water, acres150
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles9.75
 Picnickingyes
 Swimming Beach, feet600
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating Limits-1
 Seasonal Dock Rental12
 Launch Ramps, #1
CampingElectric Sites, #196
 Full Hookup Sites, #5
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Group Camp, capacity25
WinterSleddingyes
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
 Snowmobilingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
AccommodationsLodge Rooms, #31
 Family Cottages, #26
 Game Roomyes
 Indoor Swimming Poolyes
 Outdoor Swimming Poolyes
 Golf Courseyes
 Restaurantyes
Camping
Situated on the site of a former Indian village, the 201-site campground offers shower houses, flush toilets, electricity and pet camping. Two full hookup sites also include water and sewer service. Three fully equipped Rent-A-RV units are available for daily and weekly rental in season.
Cottages
Twenty-six cottages sleep six persons each. They have two bedrooms, bath with a shower, living room, complete kitchen, dining area and screened porch.
Boating
Beautiful Punderson Lake invites boaters to explore the many scenic coves. Electric motors only are permitted. Boat rentals are available at the marina concession.


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Picnicking
Picnic facilities with tables, grills and drinking water are located in scenic areas of the park.
Trails
Fourteen miles of trails take the hiker to some of the more interesting and scenic areas of the park.
Area Attractions
The rural charm of Geauga County is highlighted at the Geauga County Historical Museum in Burton. Near the museum is Century Village, a reconstruction of an 1800s village typical of those scattered throughout the Western Reserve region of northeastern Ohio.

Nelson-Kennedy Ledges and Tinker's Creek state parks are nearby. Both offer fine day-use facilities, including picnic areas and hiking trails for the visitor.

A different sort of adventure awaits those who visit Six Flags World of Adventure located southwest of Punderson State Park in the village of Aurora on State Route 43.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews


Area Campgrounds

Kool Lakes Family Campground
12990 State Route 282
Garrettsville, OH
440-548-8436


Windrush Hollow
15560 Mayfield Rd, Box 232
Huntsburg, OH
440-635-5050


Woodside Lake Park
2486 Frost Road
Streetsboro, OH
330-626-4251


Roundup Lake Campground
3392 State Route 82
Mantua, OH
330-562-9100


Geauga Lake Campground
250 Treat Rd
Aurora, OH
330-562-4423


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Pine Lake Trout Club
17021 Chillicothe Rd
Chagrin Falls, OH
(440) 543-1331


Deep Springs Trout Club
11069 Chardon Rd
Willoughby, OH
(440) 946-0630


Area Cabins and Lodges
Punderson Manor Resort
11175 Kinsman Rd
Newbury, OH
(440) 564-5465


Xanterra Parks & Resorts
12220 S Wintergreen Dr
Chardon, OH
(330) 723-5977


Last Resort Animal Haven & Pet
8370 Mayfield Rd
Chesterland, OH
(440) 729-7387


Alpine Valley Ski Area & Party
10620 Mayfield Rd
Chesterland, OH
(440) 285-2211


Alpine Valley Ski Area & Party Center
10620 Mayfield Rd
Chesterland, OH
(440) 729-9775


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Fitzgerald's Irish Bed Breakfast - PAINESVILLE, OHBBs / Inns
Magnificent 16-room French Tudor. You will be charmed by its unique castle-like architecture and the Irish hospitality. Four guest rooms, each with private bath. 30 mi E of Cleveland.
Web Site: fitzgeraldbb.com
18.8 miles from park*
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11755 Kinsman Road, Newbury, Ohio 44065-9684

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