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Dillon State Park
Copyright: - Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Dillon State Park
Description - Naming of Dillon Lake followed a long standing US Army Corps of Engineers tradition of naming the lake after the closest town. Dillon was started by Moses Dillon, a Quaker from Maryland. While on his way to bring Christianity to the Indians in the early 1800s he saw the falls on the Licking River and noticed that nearby there was coal and iron ore. He settled here and built what was one of the worlds largest iron foundries.

Dillon Dam was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938. Work began in June 1946 but was delayed due to insufficient funds and later the outbreak of the Korean Conflict. Construction of the dam itself began in June of 1958 and was completed in September 1961. The cost of the whole project totaled almost 30 million dollars.

Attractions - Together, Dillon Lake and Dillon State Park manage the recreation facilities that surround the 1,325-acre reservoir. Popular with anglers, many catch largemouth bass, bluegill, muskie and crappie below the dam. The area is open year-round unless closed due to inclement weather. Muskie is also harvested in the stream below the dam. Launch ramps for boaters are located at Big Run Boat Ramp, Marina Area, and Sportsman Area. The marina at Dillon Lake is operated by the State of Ohio. It offers dock spaces, snack bar, and related goods and services. The swimming area and beach are located within the state park. Facilities include a bathhouse, showers, snack bar and a children's wading pool. The beach is seasonal and is open from mid May to September. No lifeguards are on duty.

Public hunting for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrel and rabbit are the most popular game species around the lake area.

Bicycles are permitted on main roads and campground areas. Contact a park attendant or ranger for the location of areas conducive to off-road bicycling.

Horseback riding is now available at Dillon!

The fully accessible visitor center is located at the dam site. The center features historical and fish and wildlife exhibits. The center is open Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 4 PM. Picnic tables are scattered about the USACE area.

Camping, picnicking, and hiking are available within the state park. Cabins are available all year. See contact information below.

Recreation - Dillon's newest recreation is horseback riding. Call the office for details. Other recreations include picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing, camping, fishing, boating, and biking.

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 - Dillon Lake is approximately six miles northwest of Zanesville and twenty miles east of Newark, Ohio.


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Filed By: Renee and Jim (Centerville, OH)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The entire time we were there, we saw very few people on the lake. NOT crowded at ALL! Even the swim area was not croweded. VERY nice area to camp in and the cabins were superb! Very nicely furnished in great surroundings. Fishing was pretty decent just right off the docks! We even rented a pontoon boat for an hour or so and went around the lake. The only drawback I saw at all was there was not a bait shop that sold good live bait very close by. The shop at the one boat marina was pretty 'sad' in regards to any type of bait sold. Other than that, the 3 days we were there were very nice, quiet and relaxing. I'd highly recommend it.


More Information

Contact Information:
Dillon Lake, 4969 Dillon Dam Road , Zanesville, OH, 43701-9652, Phone: 614-454-2225

Additional Information:
Ohio Lakes and Reservoirs - Ohio has more than 2,500 lakes and 44,000 miles of rivers and streams. Lake Erie, the southernmost Great Lake, is a major recreation attraction.
Southeast Ohio - Ohio's rugged beauty awaits in Southeast Travel Region where miles of tree-lined trails traverse the landscape once inhabited by Native Americans.

Links:
Dillon Lake - Official agency website.

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