Description - Lake Loramie was originally constructed in 1824-25 as a storage reservoir to supply water for the Miami-Erie Canal system. A short feeder canal connected Lake Loramie with the main canal which furnished transportation from the Ohio River at Cincinnati north to Lake Erie. The canal system reached its peak of economic importance in the mid-1800s. Eventually, the advent of the railroads and destruction caused by the floods of 1913 forced the abandonment of the canals in that year.
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Lake Loramie State Park
Since that time, Lake Loramie and other canal lands became recognized for their potential to serve increasing outdoor recreational needs. In 1949, Lake Loramie became the possession of the newly created Division of Parks and Recreation of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and has been maintained as a state park since.
- Lake Loramie's expansive water surface totals 1,500 acres with 30 miles of shoreline. Boaters find unlimited horsepower permitted. Dock rentals and launch ramps are provided. The entire lake is classified as "no wake" with the exception of the designated "speed zone" in the west end of the lake. Waterskiing is prohibited. Anglers typically snag crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, bullheads, carp and fair numbers of largemouth bass. In addition, the lake features a 600-foot sandy beach with adjacent picnic areas, playground and shelters.
Camping enthusiasts can choose from either electric or non-electric campsites, many of which are shaded waterfront sites. The campground features showers, flush toilets and a dump station. Several sites are equipped with boat tie-ups. There are three group camp areas available by reservation to organized groups. Three Rent-A-Camp sites consisting of a tent, dining shelter, cook stove and other equipment can be rented during summer months by reservation only.
There are several picnic areas located around the lake. Grills, restrooms and drinking water are provided. Two shelters are available; for reservations contact the park office.
The hiking opportunities at Lake Loramie include more than eight miles of trail. A portion of the trail system follows the Miami-Erie Canal from the park to Delphos. This route is also a part of the Buckeye Trail and the North Country National Scenic Trail.
Hunting is permitted in designated areas when in season. A valid Ohio fishing and/or hunting license is required.
Recreation - Numerous summer and winter sports are enjoyed including hiking, fishing, swimming, nature study, hunting, biking, swimming, boating, camping, snowmobiling, sledding, ice skating, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and ice boating.
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.
Lake Loramie State Park is located in northwest Ohio just below the town of Minster. Access is off State Route 66.