Description - Deer Creek Dam construction began in 1965 and completed in 1968 as part of the larger comprehensive flood control plan for the Ohio River Basin, a system of dams that reduces flooding on the Scioto and Ohio Rivers by holding back flood water. In addition to flood reduction, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works in cooperation with Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Division of Wildlife to provide lakeside recreation and fish and wildlife management.
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White-tailed deer, also called Virginia deer, are the most common large game animals of North America
- Boaters enjoy unlimited horsepower on Deer Creek Lake. In the summer, this 1277-acre lake is a popular spot for fishing and water sports. Launch ramps for boating enthusiasts and fishermen are located at the ODNR Deer Creek State Park Marina and the Harding Cabin Boat Ramp Area. The marina has docking facilities, restrooms, telephones, food and refreshments, boating supplies, souvenirs and boat rental. The Department of Natural Resources stocks the lake annually with saugeye. Fishing is allowed from boats and shoreline, in and along Deer Creek Lake and in Deer Creek below and above the lake. A valid Ohio fishing license is required. The beach is located on Crownovermill road near the dam.
Trails are available to bikers, hikers and equestrians. Bicycles are permitted on main roads and campground areas. A one-mile bike trail is located at the last picnic area to the left of the beach. Foot trails are located at the Harding Cabin Area and the state park's campground and lodge. An equestrian trail winds through much of the park. Horses are not available for rent. Trailer parking is located near the state park campground entrance. A horseman's camp is available. Check at the dam visitor center for details about the camp and local horse concessionaires.
Prehistoric sites have been excavated and artifacts discovered on Tick Ridge. The Harding Cabin was once owned by Harry Daugherty, one of President Warren G. Harding's cabinet members. Harding and other close friends used the cabin as a retreat for hunting and fishing. These two sites have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A picnic shelters is located in the Downstream Recreation Area, below the dam. The shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis, except when reserved in advance. ($) The shelter is open for reservations from Memorial Day weekend to two weekends after Labor Day. For reservations see contact information below.
The visitor center is located on Deer Creek Road offering exhibits on the history and nature of the area, live fish, and recreation information including public hunting.
Handicapped access is available at the visitor center, day use area, and many of the state park facilities.
Recreation - Deer Creek Lake's activities include hiking, limited biking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, hunting, wildlife viewing, target practice, and state park camping.
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 central Ohio, southeast of Columbus, Deer Creek Lake is reached off Interstate 71, exit 84. Take State Route 56 east to Route 207 south.