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Lake White State Park
LAKE WHITE STATE PARK
LAKE WHITE STATE PARK
1847 Pike Lake Road
Bainbridge, Ohio   45612

Phone: 740-493-2212
Picturesque Lake White is nestled between the ridges of southern Ohio's rugged hills. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy swimming, boating, water skiing and fishing at this scenic park.
Nature of the Area
Located in the Appalachian foothills near the Scioto River, Lake White State Park supports a variety of natural wonders. The forested hills are similar in character to the southern Appalachians with magnificent stands of oak, hickory, tulip, ash, maple and scores of other hardwood species. In spring, the forest trails are lined with flowering dogwood and redbud trees and numerous woodland wildflowers. The sandstone outcroppings are coated with various ferns, mosses, lichens and fungi including the prized morel mushrooms in spring.

The dense forest and remoteness of the area create excellent habitat for some of Ohio's most elusive wildlife. White-tailed deer, ruffed grouse and the secretive wild turkey are abundant in this region. Red fox, skunk, opossum, gray squirrel and raccoons are often sighted. Many reptiles and amphibians find the park's cool waters desirable.
History of the Area
The cultural history of this area dates back to the Adena and Hopewell Indians who settled in the Scioto Valley around 800 B.C. These mound building tribes left behind extensive earthworks throughout the Scioto Valley region. Adena, near Chillicothe, was the site of the first mound excavation attributed to these prehistoric people. Other mounds in the area include Seip Mound, Spruce Hill, Fort Hill and Serpent Mound.

The Scioto River played an important role in the early history of this area. Indian and frontiersmen alike paddled the stream from the Ohio River to the heart of the new frontier. The Shawnee used the river as their primary means of transportation from one village to another. The river also brought the first European settlers to the area in the 1790s. Many of these first Ohioans were veterans of the Revolutionary War claiming land due them for military service.

The construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal heightened the hopes of those along its path that were destined to prosper from canal traffic. Initial plans placed the canal through Piketon, bypassing Waverly. This aggravated an intense rivalry between Piketon and Waverly citizens. After persistent lobbying by Waverly promoters, the canal route was changed and Piketon was bypassed. The Waverly cause was aided greatly by Ohio Speaker of the House, at that time, Robert Lucas, who owned land near Waverly and stood to gain greatly by the new route.

In 1832, the canal was opened. It was announced that the water would reach Waverly on the morning of September 6, and preparations were made to welcome its arrival. The canal banks were packed with residents for a great distance, but the water never arrived. Unfortunately, it had hit an expansive gravel deposit which absorbed most of the water. Eventually the gravelly areas became saturated and the water reached Waverly by noon much to the delight of cheering crowds.

The prosperity of the canal era was short lived. With the advent of rail transportation, goods could be shipped more efficiently throughout the country. As early as 1860, use of the canals had dropped dramatically. In 1913, the Ohio and Erie Canal was officially closed.

Part of Lake White State Park includes the remains of the old canal channel. The lake was built during the depression by the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.). Most of the land surrounding the lake is privately owned. Lake White was officially dedicated as a state park in 1949 when the Division of Parks and Recreation was created.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres92
 Water, acres337
 Nearby State Forest, acres21000
Day-UseFishingyes
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #2
 Swimming Beach, feet50
BoatingBoating LimitsUnlimited HP
 Launch Ramps, #1
CampingPrimative, #10
 Pets Permittedyes
WinterSleddingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
Camping
A small campground has twenty-three, non-electric sites. Pit latrines and water are available. Campers with pets are permitted on designated sites.
Swimming
A small but nice swimming beach provides recreation for swimmers and sunbathers. Change booths are located by the parking lot on SR 551.
Boating
The 350-acre Lake White offers unlimited horsepower boating. A launch ramp provides access to the lake.


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Picnicking
Lake White offers a picturesque setting for picnickers. Two picnic shelters are available on a reservation system, then on a first-come, first-served basis. Lake White also has a meeting room ideal for reunions and holiday entertaining as well as other group activities. The facility is enhanced with a kitchen facility, fireplace and a balcony overlooking the lake. Reservations for the meeting room can be made by calling the park office at (740) 947-4059.
Area Attractions
Pike Lake State Park and State Forest are located south of Bainbridge, near State Route 124. Pike Lake features camping, cabins, swimming, fishing and hiking.

Scioto Trail State Park and State Forest are about nine miles south of Chillicothe off S.R. 23. Camping facilities, fishing and hiking are available. The forested hills, typical of southern Ohio, are ideal for an enjoyable walk or a quiet weekend.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 6 GOOD BOATING! by MHICKMAN
NICE WEEKEND GET AWAY! KIDS ENJOY TUBING. CAPTAIN BOB AT THE RED ROOF MARINA ALWAYS PLEASANT AND HELPFUL. MARINA OFFERS SNACKS, GAS,BOAT REPAIRS, AND COVERED PORCH FOR RELAXING, TAKING IN THE VIEW, AND WATCHING A FEW FISH JUMP!


Area Campgrounds

L. B. Camping
2483 Greenbriar Rd.
Bainbridge, OH
740-493-4614


Hidden Trails Campground
542 Allen Road
Beaver, OH
740-988-3251


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Bill's Bait House
4308 State Route 220
Waverly, OH
(740) 947-2542


T-Two Pay Lakes
350 Moore St
Piketon, OH
(740) 289-3125


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Haven Inn the Hills - Logan, OHCottages and Cabins
Great for a private relaxing get away. Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation with that special someone, or the best cook-out for family and friends Haven Inn The Hills is the answer for you.
Web Site: haveninnthehills.com
34.6 miles from park*
Walnut Creek Campground Resort - Chillicothe, OHCottages and Cabins
Rustic beauty in a peaceful, clean atmosphere is the secret to this Family Retreat. The serene splendor of Mother Nature is your reward for visiting Walnut Creek. We offer cabin rentals for those who want the convenience with less effort.
Web Site: walnutcreekcampground.com
15.5 miles from park*
Rose's Vacation Cabin - Glouster, OHCottages and Cabins
Burr Oak State Park - Located in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio. Rose's Vacation Cabin Rental is a special place to make your Honeymoon, Anniversary, or Family Getaway a relaxing experience.
Web Site: rosesvacationcabinrental.com
60.8 miles from park*
Rocky Fork Lake Cottages - Hillsboro, OHCottages and Cabins
Lake Front but not lake view. This cottage is situated on 3 Acres, mostly wooded. Rocky Fork Lake is a 2,000 acre quiet and secluded lake. Because of the heavy concentration of trees the lake is a secluded paradise hidden in the woods.
Web Site: vacationhomerentals.com/52625
26.1 miles from park*
Area Resources
Hocking Hills Internet Guide - hockinghills.com - Rockbridge, OHTourism
Offical Guide to Southeastern Ohio's Scenic Wonderland, the Hocking Hills. The 9 State Parks and State Forests. How to get there, things to do, interesting local merchants, what to see, places to stay. Reserve your cabin or campsite online
Web Site: hockinghills.com
32.6 miles from park*
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2767 State Route 551, Waverly, Ohio 45690

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