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Mosquito Lake State Park
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MOSQUITO LAKE STATE PARK
MOSQUITO LAKE STATE PARK
1439 Wilson Sharpsville Rd
Cortland, Ohio   44410-9303
(lat:41.3029 lon:-80.7688) map location

Phone: (330) 637-2856
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Mosquito Lake State Park, located in northeastern Ohio, is a breathtaking natural oasis with a fusion of scenic beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities. Spanning over 2,480 acres, this stunning park features the magnificent Mosquito Creek Lake, which is renowned for its excellent fishing and boating experiences. The park offers a myriad of activities including hiking, biking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing along its picturesque trails, while campgrounds and picnic areas provide opportunities for relaxation and social gatherings. With its serene ambiance, diverse wildlife, and abundance of recreational options, Mosquito Lake State Park is a true haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.
History of the Area
Mosquito Lake State Park, located in Trumbull County, Ohio, has an interesting history that dates back several decades. Here is a brief overview of the history of Mosquito Lake State Park:

1. Formation: The park's origin can be traced back to the construction of the Mosquito Creek Reservoir in the early 1940s. The reservoir was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and water supply purposes.

2. Development: After the reservoir was completed, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) entered into an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers in 1946 to develop a state park around Mosquito Creek Reservoir. This marked the beginning of the park's development.

3. Dedication: On July 17, 1949, Mosquito Lake State Park was officially dedicated. The park's name is derived from the Mosquito Creek, a tributary of the Mahoning River, which was dammed to create the reservoir.

4. Growth and Recreation: Over the years, Mosquito Lake State Park has expanded and developed into a popular recreational destination. The park features a beautiful 7,241-acre lake with over 2,483 acres of surrounding land. It offers a range of recreational activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, camping, picnicking, and wildlife viewing.

5. Renovations and Upgrades: In recent years, the ODNR has invested in various improvements to enhance visitors' experiences at Mosquito Lake State Park. These upgrades include improved hiking and biking trails, enhanced camping facilities, renovated marinas, and upgraded fishing piers.

6. Economic Impact: Mosquito Lake State Park has become an economic driver for the surrounding region, attracting tourists and providing opportunities for local businesses. The park's amenities and natural beauty contribute to the local economy through tourism, outdoor recreation, and related industries.

Mosquito Lake State Park continues to be a treasured destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a wide range of recreational activities and serving as a vital natural resource for the region.
Passes
Ohio does not have an annual pass and does not charge entrance fees to state parks.
Swimming
Mosquito Lake State Park in Ohio offers several swimming options for visitors to enjoy. The main swimming area is located on the eastern shore of the lake and features a sandy beach with a designated swim zone. Lifeguards are on duty during posted hours to ensure the safety of swimmers. Additionally, there is a playground nearby for children to enjoy. The park also offers a small fishing beach that is perfect for those looking to take a dip while enjoying some fishing. Moreover, there is a dog beach where visitors can bring their furry friends for a swim. It is important to note that swimming is only permitted in designated areas and outside these areas may pose a safety risk.
Fishing
Mosquito Lake State Park in Ohio offers a variety of fishing options for both novice and experienced anglers. The park's main attraction is the 7,850-acre Mosquito Lake, one of the largest lakes in Ohio. This lake is home to various species such as walleye, bass (both largemouth and smallmouth), crappie, bluegill and catfish.

There are several ways you can fish at this state park: from shorelines or piers; by wading into shallow waters; or using boats which could be rented on-site if visitors don't have their own watercrafts. There are also boat ramps available around the lake for easy access to deeper waters where larger fishes may reside.

For those who prefer ice fishing during winter months when conditions permit it safely - they might catch northern pike among other types that thrive under icy surfaces.

The park has designated areas specifically designed with fishermen's needs like cleaning stations after successful catches while picnic tables nearby provide places where families can relax together afterwards enjoying meals amidst nature settings surrounding them here within Mosquito Lake State Park grounds itself



Picnicking
1. Picnic Areas: Mosquito Lake State Park offers several picnic areas equipped with tables and grills, perfect for a family outing or group gathering.

2. Pavilions/Shelters: The park has two large shelters available on a first-come-first-serve basis but can also be reserved in advance for larger groups planning an event or celebration.

3. Beachside Picnicking: There is a 600-foot sandy beach at the lake where visitors can enjoy picnics while taking in beautiful views of the water and surrounding nature.

4. Boat-In Picnicking: For those who prefer to combine their outdoor dining experience with some boating fun, there are designated boat-in picnic spots around the lake's shoreline that offer unique waterside settings.

5. Fishing & Picnickings Spots: Anglers will appreciate numerous fishing access points throughout the park which double as scenic locations ideal for setting up your own private picnic spot by casting lines into one of Ohio's largest lakes.

6. Campground Area: If you're camping overnight at one of Mosquito Lake's campsites, these sites often have fire rings and/or grill tops suitable not only cooking meals over open flame but also creating memorable campfire-picnic experiences under starry skies.

7. Hiking Trailheads: Many hiking trails within this state park feature benches along routes providing opportunities hikers take breaks during treks enjoying packed lunches amidst serene woodland surroundings.
Trails
1. Mosquito Lake State Park Loop: A 5-mile moderate trail that circles the park, offering panoramic views of the lake and surrounding forested areas.

2. West Side Trail: This easy-rated path stretches for about two miles along the western edge of Mosquito Lake, providing hikers with serene water vistas and opportunities to spot local wildlife like deer or foxes.

3. East Shoreline Pathway: An approximately three-mile long route following closely alongside the eastern shore of Mosquito Creek Reservoir; perfect for birdwatchers as it passes through various habitats attracting diverse avian species including herons, ducks, eagles etc.

4. Causeway Trailhead Connector Route: A challenging uphill hike leading towards a breathtaking view from atop an old railway embankment overlooking both sides of this massive reservoir - ideal place to watch sunsets over Ohio's countryside landscape!

5. North Woods Nature Walks: These short but sweet trails wind their way around dense hardwood forests filled with towering oak trees draped in Spanish moss creating a mystical atmosphere especially during early morning foggy conditions.

6. The Wetlands Exploration Track: Meandering across marshy lands teeming with frogs & turtles while also featuring several observation decks allowing visitors close encounters without disturbing these delicate ecosystems.

7. South Bay Bike/Hike Trails: Dual purpose paths catering not only walkers but cyclists too! They offer stunning lakeside scenes coupled by occasional sightings squirrels scampering up tree trunks or rabbits hopping amidst undergrowth bushes.

8. Campground Hiking Paths: Exclusive routes accessible only campsite residents which lead directly onto sandy beach shores where one can enjoy peaceful strolls at dawn/dusk times when skies are painted vibrant hues reflecting off calm waters surface.

9. Winter Snowshoeing Routes: During snowy months certain sections get transformed into snow:covered wonderland inviting adventurous souls who wish experience thrill traversing frost-laden terrains using special footwear equipment provided onsite rental facilities.

10. Off:Leash Dog Trails: A series of fenced-in trails where your furry friends can run free, sniff around and interact with other dogs while you enjoy the surrounding natural beauty.

11. The Disc Golf Course Trail: This unique trail takes hikers through a well:maintained disc golf course offering an interesting blend of recreational activity amidst nature's tranquility.

12. Fishing Access Paths: Short footpaths leading towards secluded fishing spots along lake's edge; perfect for those seeking quiet solitude whilst casting their lines hoping catch some local fish species like bass or catfish.

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Directions
- Start by heading towards State Route 11.
- Take the exit for State Route 305 towards Cortland.
- Continue on State Route 305 until you reach the junction with State Route 46.
- Take a left onto State Route 46 South and continue for about 3 miles.
- Turn right onto US-422 West and drive for approximately 5 miles.
- Take a left onto state Route 88 South and continue for another 5 miles.
- At the roundabout, take the second exit to stay on state Route 88 South.
- After about 1 mile, you will reach the entrance to Mosquito Lake State Park on your right.

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