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West Branch State Park
WEST BRANCH STATE PARK
WEST BRANCH STATE PARK
5708 Esworthy Road
Ravenna, Ohio   44266-9659

Phone: 330-296-3239
Reservations: 866-644-6727
West Branch State Park's large lake with its many forks and coves is extremely popular with fishermen, boaters and swimmers. The park's meadows and woodlots provide an excellent backdrop for camping, hiking and horseback riding.
Nature of the Area
West Branch State Park in Portage County is situated on the glaciated plateau of northeastern Ohio. Although the land was uplifted as part of the Appalachian Mountain building process, the glaciers were able to override the gentle hills of the plateau. Huge ice blocks broke free from the glaciers and kettle lakes formed as the blocks melted. Eventually, these lakes filled with sediment leaving boggy wetlands with unique assemblages of plants. The West Branch area contains numerous bogs filled with buttonbush, alder, skunk cabbage and swamp white oak.

Another natural feature of the park is the stand of beech-maple forest. In pioneer times, the beech-maple belt in Ohio was very extensive and stretched across the plateau from Mansfield to Pennsylvania. These woodlands harbor a variety of plant and animal life. Woodland wildflowers such as Dutchman's breeches, bloodroot and trillium are found here. Red fox, skunk, opossum and raccoon find the park's habitat suitable. Songbirds occupy the leafy canopy of the woodlands while waterfowl and shorebirds dabble in the reservoir.
History of the Area
West Branch State Park is located on the west branch of the Mahoning River in Portage County. The river was named for the Delaware Indian word mahonink meaning "at the salt lick." In early days, a salt works was located southeast of present-day Warren along the river. The salt, which attracted a variety of wildlife, was harvested by Indians and early settlers.

At the west end of the park is a crossroads known as Campbellsport, named for Captain John Campbell who mustered militia for the War of 1812 at the site and then marched them on Cleveland. Captain Campbell originally came to the area in 1805 as a surveyor and land agent for proprietor Samuel Hinckley. Captain Campbell also served as Portage County sheriff from 1810 to 1813. He constructed what is said to be the oldest brick land-office building in Ohio (circa 1810). Prior to the flooding of the reservoir, this building was moved to a site at the Portage County Historical Society where it has been preserved and restored.

In 1965, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed construction of the Michael J. Kirwan Reservoir. The reservoir was developed for flood control, water supply, recreation and fish and wildlife management. West Branch State Park was formally opened in 1966.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres5379
 Water, acres2650
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles41
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #6
 Swimming Beach, feet700
 Mountain Bike Trails, miles7
 Bridle Trails, miles20
 Beach Concessionyes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating LimitsUnlimited HP
 Seasonal Dock Rental284
 Launch Ramps, #4
 Fuel For Saleyes
CampingPrimative, #14
 Electric Sites, #154
 Full Hookup Sites, #29
 Pets Permittedyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Group Camp, capacity50
 Horsemen Campsites, #10
WinterCross-Country Skiingyes
 Snowmobilingyes
 Ice Boatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
Camping
There are 103 campsites in both sunny and shaded areas. Some sites are along the lake with boat tie-ups. A group camp is available for organizations up to fifty people.
Swimming
The park's 700-foot sand beach includes a showerhouse, change booth and snack bar. A boat swimming area is availablele.
Boating
The lake's 2,650 acres stretch over seven miles and offer many forks and coves with miles of shoreline. The lake is designated for unlimited horsepower. Boat rentals, gasoline and supplies are available at the marina. Four launch ramps provide access to the lake. Dock rentals are on a seasonal basis. A no-wake zone extends 300 feet from all shorelines. The entire area west of Rock Spring Road causeway is also a no-wake zone.


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Picnicking
There are 103 campsites in both sunny and shaded areas. Some sites are along the lake with boat tie-ups. A group camp is available for organizations up to fifty people.
Trails
An extensive trail system has been developed at West Branch. More than twelve miles of hiking trails provide access to the natural world. A portion of the state's Buckeye Trail passes through the park. The park offers extensive snowmobile trails when conditions permit. Trail starts at the west boat ramp. Twenty miles of bridle trails traverse woodlands and meadows. Riders must provide their own horses. A horse camp is open by permit only.
Area Attractions
Tinker's Creek State Park and adjacent state nature preserve, located northwest of Streetsboro, offer additional recreational opportunities. Visitors may enjoy a variety of day-use activities including swimming, picnicking, fishing and hiking. During the spring and fall migration periods, the marsh provides food and shelter for thousands of waterfowl.

Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park, northeast of Ravenna, also offers picnicking and hiking. Winding foot trails meander around, under and between the spectacular rock formations that have become the trademarks of this state park.

Other state parks in the area include Lake Milton, Quail Hollow, Punderson and Mosquito Lake.

Sea World (Aurora), Geauga Lake Amusement Park (Aurora) and Blossom Music Center (Cuyahoga Falls) appeal to visitors as well.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 8 Family Memories by Elizabeth Burton
My dad was brought to the park when it first opened with his parents. They did boating, water skiing, and swimming at the beach area along with cooking out and just relaxing on the bank. Then when my siblings and I were born, we went to West Branch and continued on the tradition. Almost every weekend in the summer we were out on the water. The park was always so clean, everyone is so friendly. Now, I am grown and married, with four children of my own and I definitely look forward to continuing on the tradition :) Elizabeth B. Cleveland, OH
January 3 great camping ,but???? by jed
if it rains the park does provide straw or anything to put on the ground to soak up the mud[ bring your own straw or anything to soak up the mud pit. camp site are not level, and way to short. but over all the camping is great. and also you have to book a site 6 months in advance or you will get a lousey site. cant wait for christmas in july.
May 29 We love West Branch camping. by rumy6e1
We have been camping at West branch for the past 3 summers. Our whole family loves it and we look forward to it each year now. Last year they installed a campers beach which was a real treat. They have done an excellent job with this campground from the showers through to all the amenities available. They also have a place to leave your old read or new/unread books so other people can get the benefit of them too. We highly recommend other camping enthusiasts to give West Branch a try!
March 3 by Luv2Camp
West Branch State Park is the nicest Park we have been to in Ohio. The shower houses and restrooms are always clean, the camphost are always friendly, and the campers seem to always greet you with a friendly smile. We have made so many friends there. For a nice clean Park, ckean Lake, and so on, go to West Branch.
May 21 love this campground by L.F.
everything is so nice, bathrooms, sites, and the workers! Havent been anywhere nicer, and i camp a lot!
April 8 Very Popular Campground by Superslif
They have 198 sites. About 12 are non-electric, about 160 are electric and about 25 are full service. Everything was rebuilt about 6-7 years ago. 4 brand new showerhouses, new paving, new boat launch, new check-in station. We like it because it is 25 miles from home. The problem is this: when they re-built the park many of the new sites are not level. The website will say they are level, but many are not. Many are very short in length. Most of the sites have some sort of shade. Speaking of the showerhouses. Yes, they are very nice and well kept. Boaters like it here because the campground is built on a peninsula, which campers can tie their boats up near their campsites. Across the lake is a nice mountain biking trail area that is maintained by CAMBA. Very nice....
December 16 thanks a lot by lil black truck
i hunted 3 days of openning week of gun season and i had 7 people walk in and site down withen 40 yards of me and they never seen me till i got up and walked out. thats why u have to weare blaze orenge. so u can c other hunters......
November 30 Hunting by Scott
Deer hunting is good this year got a 12 point buck over by the beach area with my bow not to many hunters out though
August 29 by lrockyriver@cox.net
the cleanest shower and bathrooms i have ever seen, it is ashame that findley lake restrooms are so discusting


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West Branch Bait & Tackle
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TMF Sports Shop Inc
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Area Cabins and Lodges
Cottage Vacation Rentals
330 N Prospect St
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(330) 525-5563


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