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Ohio Lakes and Reservoirs

Adams Lake State Park
Alum Creek Lake
Alum Creek State Park
Atwood Lake
Barkcamp State Park
Beach City Lake
Berlin Lake
Blue Rock State Park
Bolivar Dam
Buck Creek State Park
Buckeye Lake State Park
Burr Oak State Park
Caesar Creek Lake
Caesar Creek State Park
Charles Mill Lake
Clarence J Brown Dam and Reservoir
Clendening Lake
Cowan Lake State Park
Deer Creek Lake
Delaware Lake
Delaware State Park
Dillon Lake
Dillon State Park
Dover Dam
East Fork State Park
East Harbor State Park
Findley State Park
Forked Run State Park
Geneva State Park
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park
Guilford Lake State Park
Harrison Lake State Park
Hueston Woods State Park
Indian Lake State Park
Jackson Lake State Park
Jefferson Lake State Park
Kiser Lake State Park
Lake Alma State Park
Lake Erie Islands State Park
Lake Hope State Park
Lake Logan State Park
Lake Loramie State Park
Lake Milton State Park
Lake White State Park
Leesville Lake
Madison Lake State Park
Michael J Kirwan Dam And Reservoir
Mohawk Dam
Mohicanville Dam
Mosquito Creek Lake
Mosquito Lake State Park
North Branch Kokosing River Lake
Paint Creek Lake
Paint Creek State Park
Piedmont Lake
Pike Lake State Park
Pleasant Hill Lake
Portage Lakes State Park
Punderson State Park
Pymatuning State Park
Rocky Fork State Park
Salt Fork State Park
Senecaville Lake
Shawnee State Park
Stonelick State Park
Strouds Run State Park
Tappan Lake
Tar Hollow State Park
Tinker's Creek State Park
Tom Jenkins Dam And Burr Oak Lake
Van Buren State Park
West Branch State Park
William H Harsha Lake
Wills Creek Lake
Wolf Run State Park

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Description - Ohio's more than 44,000 miles of rivers and streams either flow south into the Ohio River or north into Lake Erie. A series of low hills along the Great Lakes Plains divides the directional flow. The Ohio River serves as a southern and southeastern border, while Lake Erie serves as a northern border.

Ohio's more than 2,500 lakes are larger than 2 acres with 20 of them being natural bodies formed by glaciers. The man-made lakes includes those from the early 1800s created to feed water into canals between Lake Erie and the Ohio River, while many others were a direct result of the Flood Control Act from the early 1900s.

Attractions - Ohio is blessed with many sparkling blue waters for a spectacular array of outdoor recreation opportunities. Lake Erie dominates the northern area of the state offering access to the fourth largest of the Great Lakes. Lying 569 feet above sea level, fishing and boating opportunities abound. Many public campgrounds and picnic grounds rest on the Lake Erie shore.

Boaters of all types can be found on Ohio's various waters. Sailboats, cruisers, pontoons, kayaks, canoes and personal watercraft units stretch from Lake Erie to the state's many interior lakes and rivers, and down to Ohio's southern boundary, Ohio River. Anglers take full advantage of the easy and quick access. As they slip into thousands of tree-lined quiet coves, speed boaters zoom along the lakes' expanse. Canoes and kayaks glide effortlessly in the shadows of huge lakes such as Berlin Lake, Seneca Lake, C.J. Brown Reservoir, and Grand Lake St. Marys. Night boating is also popular, especially at Alum Creek where anglers creep along search in of catfish. Whitewater enthusiasts find enjoyment at Paint Creek Lake during their seasonal release. Tourists in search small-scale thrills may enjoy dining at the Tappan Lake marina restaurant, which overlooks the lake. In summer, canoeists flock to the Mohicanville Dam area in search of leisurely floats down one of Ohio's most popular canoe paths. Paddlers should note that water levels range from Class I to Class IV depending on flood conditions. Ice fishing is another popular pursuit, particularly in the Northeast Travel Region.

Like much of the nation, bird watching is a growing sport in Ohio. The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge offers lakeside-viewing blinds. Many inland lakes and streams serve as feeding, nesting and resting ground for resident and migratory birdlife.

Recreation - The lakes and rivers of Ohio offer the full range of water-based activities. Some of the most popular activities include fishing, boating, waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and scuba diving. The shores often offer camping and picnicking opportunities. In addition, the wildlife in Ohio is good. Many resident and migratory bird species are found in large numbers among the various bodies of water, especially Lake Erie.

Recreation facilities on Ohio's public lakes are managed by several different authorities including the U.S. Corps of Engineers, The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.

Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.

Location - Lakes and rivers are located throughout the state of Ohio. Ohio's northern border rests on the shores of Lake Erie.

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 4435 Fountain Square Drive, Building A , Columbus, OH, 43224-1362, Phone: 877-4BOATER
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Ohio - This large mid eastern state lies on the southern shore of Lake Erie and immediately west of Pennsylvania. This is a predominantly rural state with population centers in the northeast, central and southwestern regions.


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