Description - Located in the Appalachian foothills near the Scioto River, Lake White State Park supports a variety of natural wonders. The forested hills are similar in character to the southern Appalachians with magnificent stands of oak, hickory, tulip, ash, maple and scores of other hardwood species. In spring, the forest trails are lined with flowering dogwood and redbud trees and numerous woodland wildflowers. The sandstone outcroppings are coated with various ferns, mosses, lichens and fungi including the prized morel mushrooms in spring.
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Lake White State Park
- Just minutes from Chillicothe, Lake White State Park features a 323-acre lake with an irregular eight-mile shoreline. Anglers are attracted to the excellent fish populations that include largemouth bass, crappie, saugeye, catfish, and bluegill. The current state record for Kentucky Spotted Bass was caught at Lake White in 1978. The average depth of the lake is 25 feet. Unlimited horsepower boating is permitted. The park provides a launch ramp and a small sandy beach for swimmers. Changing booths are located by the parking lot on SR 551.
In addition to water-related recreation at Lake White State Park, it hosts a small primitive campground with drinking water and pit toilets. Pets are permitted on designated sites. Picnicking at the park is very picturesque. There are two shelters available on a reservation system, then on a first-come, first-serviced basis. Another popular accompaniment to the park is a meeting room, ideal for reunions, business gatherings or holiday entertaining. The facility is enhanced with a kitchen, fireplace, and a balcony overlooking the lake. Reservations for the meeting room can be made by calling the park office.
Recreation - Lake White invites its visitors to camp, fish, hike, hunt, swim, picnic, sled, ice skate, and ice fish.
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.
Nestled in southeast Ohio, Lake White rests below Chillicothe on State Route 551.