Description - The Paint Creek region lies at the very edge of the Appalachian Plateau. This escarpment marks the boundary between the hilly eastern section of the state and the flatter western portions. Paint Creek area bears evidence of glacial activity. One stream near the park, Rocky Fork Creek, was blocked by glacial ice and reversed direction, rapidly cutting the 75-foot gorge seen today.
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Paint Creek State Park
Before Paint Creek was impounded to form a reservoir, the creek valley was unrivaled in the state for scenic beauty and its display of wildflowers. Some of this unspoiled land yet remains above the still waters of the lake. Wild geranium, jewelweed, yarrow and Queen Anne's lace can be found blooming in the woodlands and meadows of the park. Sullivantia, an extremely rare wildflower in Ohio, blooms in the 75-foot gorge in mid-summer.
We are not the first to recognize the richness and beauty of this land. Prehistoric Indian cultures built a variety of earthworks throughout the region, while the Shawnee Indians considered the Paint Valley home.
Construction of the dam on Paint Creek started in 1967, and the site was dedicated as a state park in 1972.
- The scenic hilltop campground at Paint Creek State Park has 199 sites equipped with electricity. The campground features basketball, volleyball, horseshoe pits, hot showers, flush toilets, laundry facilities, and a dump station. Three Rent-A-Camp units, consisting of a tent, dining fly, cooler, cook stove, and other equipment can be rented during the summer months by reservation. Pet camping is permitted on designated sites. A primitive horseman's camp is available for riders who bring their own mounts. Self-contained units are permitted.
Hikers can explore four trails from 0.75 miles to 2.5 miles long. The trails, lined with delicate wildflowers, pass through open meadows and mature woodlands. Trail riders will enjoy the 25 miles of bridle trails through scenic parklands. There are 14 miles of mountain bike trails.
Picnic areas with tables and grills are provided near the marina and the beach.
On the west side of the lake is Paint Creek Pioneer Farm. The pioneer farm includes a log house, collection of log buildings, livestock, gardens and fields that represent a typical farm of the early 1800s.
Paint Creek Lake provides over 1,000 acres of unlimited horsepower boating. Three launch ramps give access to the lake. Characteristics of the lake include 30 miles of irregular shoreline, sharp drop-offs, and an average depth measuring 40 feet. Boat rentals, fuel and seasonal dock rentals are offered. Anglers will enjoy good catches of saugeye, bluegill, bass, catfish and crappie. A large 1,000-foot sand beach provides enjoyment for swimmers and sunbathers. A bathhouse with restrooms and changing booths is provided.
Hunting is permissible on the lake for waterfowl and on the adjacent wildlife area. Pheasant, rabbit and white-tailed deer provide hunting excitement. A valid Ohio hunting and / or fishing license is required.
Additional amenities at the park include bicycle rental and miniature golf. A small fee is charged. The camp office loans games and sports equipment to registered campers.
Recreation - Nine thousand acres of land and 1,200 acres of water give the visitor an opportunity to view wildlife, fish, hunt, hike, ride horses, mountain bike, play miniature golf, picnic, lake swim, study nature, launch a boat, rent a boat, sled, cross-country ski, and camp with their family and a pet, including horses.
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 in southwestern Ohio, Paint Creek State Park lies several miles west of Bainbridge along US 50.