What to do in Guilford Lake State Park

Guilford Lake is situated in the glaciated plateau region of Ohio. This portion of the Appalachian foothills was overridden by the glaciers that invaded Ohio more than 12,000 years ago. Eventually, the glacial advances were blocked by the harder and higher sandstone ridges of southeastern Ohio. The bedrock materials of this area were formed 300 million years ago from deposits laid down in streams and swamps.

Natural lakes are a feature of the glaciated landscape, although most in Ohio are very small and have now aged into bogs or marshes. These bodies of water were formed by huge chunks of ice which broke off from the retreating glacier and melted in depressions forming kettle lakes. The area surrounding Guilford Lake, before being impounded as a reservoir, was extremely swampy indicating it may have been a remnant of a natural glacial lake. The park attracts migrating waterfowl in the fall and spring and also provides good habitat for a variety of songbirds such as the red-winged blackbird, song sparrow and eastern meadowlark. Other wildlife common to the area are red fox, raccoon, skunk and white-tailed deer.

Encompassing 92 acres of land and 396 acres of water, Guilford Lake State Park offers a quiet escape to nature's solitude. While limited, the park manages to offer diverse recreation. A half-mile hiking trail skirts the lake's edge offering an opportunity for exercise and wildlife observation. A 42-site campground offers both shade and sun areas in an old pine plantation featuring electric hookup, children's playground, fishing dock, modern bathhouses, picnic tables, fire rings, and drinking water. The park's sparkling lake is an attraction for many. Boaters with up to ten horsepower motors are welcome. Launching ramps and seasonal dock rentals are available at the park. Boat rentals may be found at the privately-owned marina on the south side of the lake. Anglers can expect catches of bass, bluegill, crappie and channel catfish. A valid Ohio fishing license is required. A 600-foot public swimming beach is located on the northwest side of the lake. Facilities include a bathhouse with changing booths and showers. Shaded picnic areas with tables and grills are located at various points around the lake. A non-reservable shelter is available as well.

Hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, camping, nature programs entertain folks during the warmer months of the year. The winter season attracts those who enjoy ice fishing and ice skating.

Guilford Lake State Park is a quiet fishing lake located in northeastern Ohio on the west fork of the Little Beaver Creek. It is several miles west of Lisbon off State Route 172.

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.

c/o 6835 East Lake Road
Lisbon, OH 44432

Phone: 330-222-1712

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