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A.W. Marion State Park- This small but unique park offers a variety of recreational activities while maintaining a quiet atmosphere of natural serenity.
Alum Creek Lake- Alum Creek Dam is part of the flood control plan for the Ohio River Basin. The lake was authorized by Congress in the Flood Control Act of 1962. Construction began in August of 1970 and was completed in 1974.
Alum Creek State Park- Alum Creek's large reservoir and gently rolling span of fields and woodlands provides a hub of recreational activity just minutes from Ohio's capital city.
Buckeye Lake State Park- Buckeye Lake, constructed as a canal feeder lake in 1826, is Ohio's oldest state park. The park has long been a popular vacation spot and today offers endless water-related recreational opportunities including swimming, skiing, boating and fishing.
Deer Creek Lake- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' project, Deer Creek Lake, was first authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938, for the purpose of flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife enhancement.
Deer Creek State Park- Located in the heart of Ohio's agricultural country, this resort park is a collage of meadows and woodlands featuring a modern lodge, cottages, campground, golf course, swimming beach and boating.
Delaware Lake- Delaware Lake offers U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, state park, and state wildlife area recreational opportunities. Boating, picnicking, and eastern bluebird watching reign.
Delaware State Park- Once home to the Delaware Indians, the dense woodlands, expansive meadows and a shimmering reservoir blend to create Delaware State Park.
Indian Lake State Park- Indian Lake State Park is located on Indian Lake, the fourth largest inland lake in the Upper Peninsula with an area of 8,400 acres.
Madison Lake State Park- Lying within the vast Darby Plains of Ohio, Madison Lake is small and peaceful. The lake attracts anglers and offers excellent sailing, rowing and canoeing opportunities.
Mt. Gilead State Park- Mt. Gilead State Park is a quiet, small park centrally located in the state of Ohio. Picnicking, fishing and hiking can be enjoyed year-round at this beautiful location.

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Many picnic tables are scattered lakeside throughout Alum Creek State Park
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Many picnic tables are scattered lakeside throughout Alum Creek State Park
Description - Central Ohio, home to the state's capitol city, and one of the most densely populated travel regions, rolling hills and valleys draped with hardwoods and flowering fields are still found in reaches encircling the city of Columbus.

Attractions - Recreation opportunities abound in Central Ohio oftentimes accompanied by a Trojan of weekend warriors. Alum Creek State Park is a buzz with powerboats, swimmers, hikers, anglers, and horseback riders. Delaware State Park is populated with more boaters, anglers and those in pursuit of seeing the re-introduced bluebird. Buckeye Lake and Indian Lake offer more of the same pastimes amid sparkling lakes and deciduous forests. A quiet destination is the A.W. Marion State Park where a lovely lakeside trail enables hikers to escape to a little solitude. Another highlight is Deer Creek State Park, one of the area's most scenic public parcels, offering a collage of meadows and woodlands featuring a modern lodge, cottages, campground, golf course, swimming beach and boating opportunities.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities in Ohio explore state and national lands where facilities provide users the enjoyment of hiking, camping, picnicking, mountain biking, horseback riding, viewing historical sites, rock climbing, scuba diving, wildlife watching, boating of various types, fishing, swimming, and an array of winter sports.

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.

Location - Encompassing the capitol city of Columbus, Central Ohio reaches as far north as Marion, west to Bellefontaine, south to Circleville and east to Frazeysburg.


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Contact Information:
Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism, Department of Development, P.O. Box 1001 , Columbus, OH, 43216, Phone: 800-BUCKEYE

Additional Information:
Ohio Travel Regions - The beautiful midwestern State of Ohio offers five travel regions equally divided between the sparkling blue waters of Lake Erie and the serpentine route of the Ohio River.

Links:
Ohio Tourism - Official agency website.

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