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Southwest Ohio Region
Stonelick Lake State Park
Stonelick Lake State Park © Brad Michaelson
Stonelick Lake State Park © Brad Michaelson
2895 Lake Dr
Pleasant Plain, Ohio   45162-9639
(lat:39.2168 lon:-84.0779)

Phone: (866) 644-6727
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Tucked away in the rolling highlands of southwest Ohio, Stonelick State Park offer a quiet retreat for visitors. The still waters of the lake and stately woodlands provide the setting for a host of outdoor recreational pursuits.
Nature of the Area
By studying the bedrock layers in Ohio, we can find clues that reveal ancient seas, marshes or swamps covered all or portions of the state at various times in the past. Remains of plants and animals that lived in those waters littered the sea's floor and became entombed as lime precipitated to the bottom. Eventually, the lime and other sediments solidified into stone and uplifted forming dry land.

An arch formed in Ohio, during the time the Appalachian Mountains were formed, known as the Cincinnati Arch. This dome-like feature of uplifted bedrock passes through Stonelick. Several areas of the arch have been exposed from erosion uncovering some of the oldest rocks (350-500 million years old) in Ohio. The once entombed fossils are now exposed giving Stonelick one of the richest fossil records in the state. The rocks of the arch contain so many fossils of such diverse species that they have become very famous and have attracted people from all over the world since the early 1800s. Trilobite, brachiopods and cephalopods provide excellent finds for fossil hunters.

Another interesting feature of the Stonelick landscape is the significant stand of sweet gum trees. Normally, sweet gum is a subordinate tree but co-dominates the woodlands of Stonelick with beech and maple. Substantial colonies of dense flying star, purple fringeless orchid and Virginia mountain mint--all uncommon wildflowers in Ohio--can be found in the park.
History of the Area
Stonelick State Park lies within Clermont County, the eighth county established in the Northwest Territory. Settlement of the area began in 1798 when the towns of Bethel and Williamsburg were laid out. A considerable amount of the early settlers came from Kentucky, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Several clashes between the settlers and Indians occurred here as the area was situated between the Kentucky settlements south of the Ohio River and the Indian villages along the Little Miami River. Legendary frontiersmen, Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton, were among those involved in the conflicts.

The town of nearby Milford was the site of the first Methodist church in Ohio. Francis McCormick, a pioneer Methodist preacher, organized the church in his cabin.

Clermont County was a vital link in the Underground Railroad as it was just across the river from the "slave owning" states of Kentucky and Virginia. The position of Clermont on the border made it the first place of refuge for fleeing slaves. The county was also the birthplace of Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant at Point Pleasant on the Ohio.

Land acquisition for Stonelick State Park began in 1948. A dam across Stonelick Creek was completed in 1950. This beautiful park was originally created to provide a wildlife area for Ohio's sportsmen. Now the area is operated by the ODNR Division of Parks and Recreation and offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities.
GeneralLand, acres1,058
 Water, acres200
 Hiking Trail, miles5
 Swimming Beach, feet500
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoating Limits-1
 Launch Ramps, #1
CampingPrimative, #6
 Electric Sites, #108
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Rent-A-Camp Sites, #3
 Camper Cabins, #1
 Group Camp, capacity200
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
 Ice Boatingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
There are 115 campsites, all with electricity, at Stonelick's main campground. The campground is equipped with showers, flush toilets, dump station and laundry facilities. A primitive group camp area is available for organized groups on a reservation basis. Pit latrines are found at the group camp. Four Rent-A-Camp units consisting of a tent, dining canopy, cooler, cook stove and other equipment can be rented during the summer months by reservation. Pet camping is permitted on designated sites.
A nice public beach provides enjoyment for swimmers and sunbathers on the lake's south shore.
Boats with electric motors only are permitted on Stonelick Lake. Two launch ramps provide access to the lake.

Picnic areas complete with tables and grills are located at many secluded and well shaded areas around the park.
Over seven miles of hiking trails provide opportunities for exercise and nature study.
Area Attractions
The village of Point Pleasant on the Ohio River is the birthplace of President Ulysses S. Grant. Visitors can view the one-room cabin where the 18th President and Civil War general was born. The cabin is located at U.S. 52 and State Route 232.

Cowan Lake State Park, north of Stonelick, offers camping, cabins, boating, fishing, hiking and swimming opportunities.

Crooked Run State Nature Preserve is a river estuary that attracts a variety of rare or unusual birds including bald eagles, ospreys and great blue herons. Access can be obtained by written permit available from ODNR, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 14 CAMPING SITE 26- TURTLE HAVEN by Mills--2014
Went camping last weekend at site 26 which in on the lake it was the most beautiful site- with the perfect lake view, we got up in the morning and sat by the lake and watched all the turtles, there isnt much fishing there but catch a couple turtles. The site is very large, it was a quiet camping area. Shower houses were very clean and hot water.. was impressed with everything. One thing that was disappointing went to rent canoes and they only had 2 for the whole camping area, so they were all rented out -first come first serve, didnt like that part and kids were bummed.Fun time worth the money to have the lakeview.
September 8 First time there by first timers..
The parks very nice. A lot of great people.. I just wish the camp ranger,if there is one would check on the time (2:30am) party goers across the road from us... We do not have a hardshell camper like they did, so the noise was terrible... Very disappointed...
May 30 The beach is horrible
The beach ends just before the water, so the edge is nothing but mud. Called and asked if the water was down just to make sure and was told no. Dirty sand covered in goose droppings and muddy water. Very disappointed since we also called ahead to ask the condition of the beach prior to coming.

Area Campgrounds
Beechwood Acres Camping Resort
855 Yankee Rd
Wilmington, OH
Green Meadows Campground
4880 State Route 350 West
Clarksville, OH
Olive Branch Campground, LLC
6985 Wilmignton Road
Oregonia, OH
Area Fishing Related Businesses
Horseshoe Lake
5687 State Route 133
Batavia, OH
(513) 625-1209
Cozy-Dale Campgrnds
10621 Cozaddale Murdock St
Goshen, OH
(513) 722-1692
Cedar Fishg Lake
6444 Smith Rd
Goshen, OH
(513) 575-0124
Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
Rocky Fork Lake Cottages - Hillsboro, OH
Cottages 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.
31.3 miles from park*
Area Resources
Home Garden
Get your laundry cleaned quickly and affordably anytime day or night at our self-service laundromat in Amelia, Ohio. We are a coin laundry center that invites you to bring in all of your dirty clothes and clean them here. Brand-new array of laundering machines, low prices, and convenient, anytime hours, why go anywhere else
15.1 miles from park*


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