Description - Lake Alma lies nestled in the heart of the unglaciated hill country of Ohio. These hills are part of the Appalachian Highlands. Most of the rock layers are acidic sandstones, shales and coals with an occasional limestone member. Lake Alma contains a fine example of a second growth forest mainly of a mixed oak composition.
Copyright: - Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Lake Alma State Park
Built in 1903 by the late C.K. Davis, a wealthy coal operator, Lake Alma was originally constructed as an amusement park. The park then boasted a large dance pavilion, outdoor theater, a merry-go-round and several other rides. This attraction prospered only until 1910 and was later purchased by the city of Wellston for a municipal water supply. The city leases the area to the ODNR Division of Parks and Recreation for operation as a state park.
- Lake Alma State Park consists of 290 acres of land, 60 acres of water, and a mere half a mile of creek. Non-powered watercraft and boats with electric motors only are permitted on Lake Alma. A boat launch ramp is located at the northeast edge of the lake. Bass, bluegill, crappie and channel catfish provide good catches in the lake. A valid Ohio fishing license is required. Two public beaches are located on the north side of the lake. Change booths, latrines and parking are provided.
Campers will find a 60-site area suitable for tents or trailers. All sites are wooded and have electricity. Pet camping is available on designated sites. Facilities include pit latrines, tables, fire rings, dump station and drinking water.
Approximately four miles of trail traverse hilltops and valleys offering hikers a scenic view of the park. A 1-mile paved walkway / bicycle path begins at the park entrance and ends at the park exit.
Scenic picnic areas with non-reservable shelters, tables and grills are located throughout the park.
Recreation - Outdoor recreation at Lake Alma consists of camping, limited boating, swimming, fishing, limited biking, picnicking, hiking, sledding, ice fishing, ice skating, and cross-country skiing.
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.
Located just north of Wellston, Lake Alma State Park may be accessed off State Route 349.