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Vista of Caesar Creek Reservoir
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Vista of Caesar Creek Reservoir
Description - Caesar Creek's major attraction is the 2,830-acre lake. Impounded in 1978 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the lake primary object is providing flood protection. The Caesar Creek Region covers 10,550 acres and offers nearly unlimited opportunities to enjoy wildlife or recreate outdoors in southwest Ohio.

Caesar Creek Lake exists as a cooperative management effort between the Corps of Engineers, the Ohio Division of Park & Recreation, and the Ohio Division of Wildlife. In addition, two private nonprofit organizations, the Friends of Caesar Creek and Pioneer Village play an important role at the park.

Attractions - Water recreation on the 2,830-acre lake is the area's largest attraction. Unlimited horsepower designation allows for an exciting day of boating and waterskiing. Five launch ramps are situated around the lake for easy access. Anglers can enjoy fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass, bluegill, muskie, and some of the best crappie fishing in the state.

Take a trip back in time to an age when a warm, shallow ocean covered southwest Ohio. Fossil evidence is abundant in the emergency spillway that was excavated during the construction of Caesar Creek Dam. Fossil hunting is a major attraction at Caesar Creek Lake, drawing people from all over the country. This is one of the few areas in the Midwest where visitors are permitted to collect the unique fossils formed during the Ordovician age.

There are number of trails in the area ranging from the 0.75-mile Bluebird Trail, which begins at the visitor center, to the 13-mile Perimeter Loop Trail that explores the southern half of the lake. In addition, visitors have access to the long-distance Buckeye Trail, equestrian trails and mountain bike routes.

Caesar Creek Lake is turning into one of southwest Ohio's premier birding spots. Although snow may still be falling and spring may seem far away, this area begins to see bird migrants as early as mid-February.

The Flat Fork Ridge Area features two picnic shelters that can be reserved either individually or together. Each shelter reservation gives the group exclusive use of the shelter, which includes water, electric, two large grills, and picnic tables for groups up to 100. The site also features a volleyball court, a playground, hiking trails and fishing.

A visitor center provides an overlook of the lake, educational activities for children, a multi-media "Orientation Show," displays about the local history and the history of the Corps of Engineers, free fossil collecting permits, access to hiking trails, and provides modern restrooms.

Caesar Creek State Park oversees a horse camp, a 287-site year-round family campground, swimming beach, picnic areas, and additional multi-use trails. Call the park office for details.

Recreation - Activities at Caesar Creek Lake include scenic driving, fossil digging, picnicking, fishing, hiking, bird watching, waterskiing, and boating. Swimming and camping activities are managed by the state park.

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 - Caesar Creek Lake is located in southwestern Ohio, 5 miles west of Interstate 71, Exit 38 or 15 miles east of Interstate 75, Exit 45.

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Contact Information:
Caesar Creek Lake, 4020 North Clarksville Road , WAYNESVILLE, OH, 45068-9408, Phone: 513-897-1050
, James.F.O'Boyle@lrl02.usace.army.mil

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.
Southwest Ohio - Discover the richness of the Southwest Travel Region exhibited at the Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP or William Howard Taft NHS, restored home of the only person to serve as both President and Chief Justice of the United States.

Caesar Creek Lake - Official agency website.


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