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Deer Creek State Park
Copyright: - Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Deer Creek State Park
Description - Deer Creek State Park lies on the eastern edge of the great till plains of Ohio. These plains receive their name from the glacial debris, or till, which is a mixture of sand, silt and gravel that was deposited by the glaciers. As glaciers advanced across the northern two-thirds of Ohio, most hills and valleys were covered and filled in by the till, leaving this part of Ohio relatively flat.

Today, these rich plains in the park's region support corn, soybeans and wheat. The first settlers to the area did not find these open fields. Except for a few small prairie openings, dense woodlands covered the region. A regrowth of the original woodlands can be found scattered along the ridge tops and creek bottoms of the park.

Attractions - Located not far from the state's capital city, Deer Creek State Park is a scenic, relaxing getaway for the individual, families or business gathering. The lodge at Deer Creek has 110 guest rooms, many with a panoramic view of the lake. Lodge features include indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, whirlpool and exercise room. A restaurant, lounge and meeting rooms provide additional accommodations. Other overnight accommodations include twenty-five cottages each with two bedrooms, bath with a shower, living room, complete kitchen, dining area and screened porch. The cottages sleep six people. The historic Harding Cabin offers a unique setting and sleeps 8. The campground at Deer Creek has 232 sites. All have electricity. The campground features showers, flush toilets and a dump station. Pets are permitted on designated sites. Four Rent-A-Camp units consisting of a tent, dining fly, cooler, cook stove and other equipment can be rented during the summer months by reservation. A group camp is also available by reservation. An equestrian camp provides primitive overnight facilities for riders and a primitive group camp offers an area for groups. The lake at Deer Creek is famous for its early spring saugeye fishing below the dam. Excellent catches of catfish, largemouth bass and crappie also entice the angler. Unlimited horsepower boating is permitted on the 1,277-acre Deer Creek reservoir. Two launch ramps provide access to the lake. A fully equipped marina offers fuel, boat rental and seasonal dock rentals. A spacious 1,700-foot swimming beach graces the shores of lake where a concession area and changing booths provide creature comforts. In addition, the lake provides excellent waterfowl hunting. Twelve hunting blinds are issued each season on a lottery basis. Hunting for pheasant, rabbit, squirrel and white-tailed deer is permitted in the state wildlife area adjacent to the park. Several picnic areas are situated in scenic locations around the park. Seven miles of hiking trails take the visitor through meadows and scattered woodlands. Fourteen miles of bridle trails can accommodate riders with their own horses. Mountain bikers are invited to use 1.2 miles of trails through field and forest. A fitness trail near the lodge offers an opportunity for exercise in a wooded setting. A 350-acre, 18-hole golf course near the lodge is a challenge for golfers with its 10 ponds and 52 sand traps.

Recreation - Recreations available at this year round park include lodging, fishing, hunting, camping, group camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, ice skating, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, picnicking, interpretive programs, tennis, golf, and both indoor and outdoor swimming.

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 - Deer Creek State Park is located southwest of the state's capital city, Columbus within several miles of Washington Court House. The park is access off U.S. Route 62.

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Deer Creek State Park, 20635 Waterloo Road , Mt. Sterling, OH, 43143, Phone: 740-869-3124

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