Description - Much time has passed since the region surrounding Lake Logan was first uplifted from the ancient sea that once covered most of Ohio. This unglaciated plateau in the southeastern part of the state is Ohio's oldest landscape as the glaciers never invaded the region. Lake Logan State Park lies in the Hocking Valley, formed by the Hocking River. The Hocking was a major outlet for glacial meltwaters. These waters deposited large amounts of outwash material, primarily sand and gravel, which strongly affected the type of biological communities present today.
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Lake Logan State Park
The forest surrounding Lake Logan is for the most part an oak-hickory association. White and black oak, tulip tree, shagbark and pignut hickory are the most dominant species. The forest floor is dotted with a variety of wildflowers such as fire pink, wintergreen, bluets and spring beauties. Ground cover plants include greenbrier, blueberry and numerous ferns and fungi.
Lake Logan was developed in 1955 for recreational purposes. ODNR Division of Wildlife administered the area until 1964, when jurisdiction was transferred to the Division of Parks and Recreation. Originally known as Hocking Lake, it was renamed Lake Logan to reflect the Indian heritage of the area and to avoid confusion with nearby Hocking Hills State Park and Forest.
- The 400-acre Lake Logan is the dominant recreation feature of the park. The lake's average depth is 25 feet with a shoreline spanning 10 miles. The lake is popular with paddlers and sailors. Boaters are limited to 10 horsepower and a speed limit of 10 mph. Boat tie-ups can be rented at the park office. A launch ramp and boat tie-ups for picnicking fishermen are conveniently located at four of the many picnic areas in the park. Boat docks are also available on a rental basis. The lake has abundant populations of bluegill, crappie, bass, muskie, catfish, and saugeye. A 527-foot public swimming beach is located on the north shore of the lake on Lake Logan Road (C.R. 3). Facilities include a concession area, drinking water, restrooms and change booths.
There are many picnic areas with large parking lots around the lake. Most areas have drinking water, grills and restrooms available. The picnic areas on the northwest and south shores of the lake have boat tie-ups for fishermen. Fires are permitted in grills only.
Across Lake Logan Road from the beach, the one-mile Pine Vista Hiking Trail circles a hilltop, providing opportunities for nature study and wildlife observation. A section of the Buckeye Trail runs through the northwest end of the park toward Hocking Hills State Forest.
Fox, squirrel, raccoon, rabbit, deer, waterfowl, turkey and ruffed grouse may be hunted in season. A valid Ohio fishing and / or hunting license is required.
Recreation - Weather permitting, wintertime users pursue ice skating, ice fishing, and sledding. Warmer temperatures attract those who enjoy fishing, hiking, picnicking, and swimming. Hunting is permitted in designated areas.
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 minutes from the city of Logan, the park is well marked along U.S. Highway 33.