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Jefferson Lake State Park
Copyright: - Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Jefferson Lake State Park
Description - The Jefferson Lake region was once the home of Logan, the celebrated Mingo chief whose family was massacred near here on the Ohio River at the mouth of Yellow creek. This incident spurred Lord Dunmore's War in 1774.

In more recent times, the area has been home to the steel industry in Ohio. The underlying coal fields and Ohio River access have made it a focal point of this industry.

Jefferson Lake State Park was developed on 962 acres in the valley of the Town Fork of Yellow Creek. Land acquisition began in 1928. The lake and other facilities were constructed by the National Park Service in cooperation with the old Ohio Division of Conservation as a project of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the depression. The dam was constructed in 1934 and the 17-acre lake was filled in 1946. In 1950, the area was turned over to the newly created Division of Parks and Recreation.

Attractions - Jefferson Lake State Park offers a family camping area suitable for tents and trailers offering 97 non-electric sites. Latrines, water fountains, picnic tables and fire rings are provided. Rent-A-Camp sites equipped with a tent, covered picnic table, cook stove and other gear are available on a reservation basis. Campers with pets are permitted on designated sites.

A small lake comprised of a mere 17 acres of surface water and ten miles of shoreline permits boaters with non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors up to four HP. The shallow lake has a maximum depth of ten feet. Anglers typically snag largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, and redear sunfish. A nice public beach offers recreation for swimmers and sunbathers. Facilities include a bathhouse, showers and toilets.

Nearly 15 miles of scenic, sometimes rugged, hiking and bridle trails meander through the park challenging visitors during any season. Over three miles of trail are open to mountain bikers.

Many picnic tables are located in scenic spots around the lake. Two shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hunting is permitted in designated areas. A valid Ohio fishing and / or hunting license is required.

Recreation - Winter sporting enthusiasts find pleasure cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and ice skating. In the warmer months, people enjoy camping, boating, nature study, picnicking, hiking, hunting, and fishing.

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 - The state park is located in Jefferson County just north and west of Steubenville.

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Contact Information:
Jefferson Lake State Park, 501 TWSP RD 261A , Richmond, OH, 43944-9710, Phone: 740-765-4459

Additional Information:
Northeast Ohio - Experience the beautiful Northeast Travel Region! Rich cultural heritage, lush green meadows and moist fern-covered gorges offer the visitor endless natural enjoyment.
Ohio Lakes and Reservoirs - Ohio has more than 2,500 lakes and 44,000 miles of rivers and streams. Lake Erie, the southernmost Great Lake, is a major recreation attraction.
Ohio State Parks and Forests - Great outdoor adventure begins in Ohio at one of the 20 state forests or one of the 73 award-winning state park sites.

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