What to do in Mosquito Lake State Park

Before Ohio was settled, the banks of Mosquito Creek were hidden by a vast forest that covered most of the state. Little remains of the ancient forest that stood for nearly 10,000 years. In the Mosquito Lake area, regrowth has occurred and the nice stands of beech-maple woodlands can be enjoyed. In pioneer times, the beech-maple belt was very extensive and stretched from Mansfield to Pennsylvania. The reason is that this area has more cloudy days, cooler summer temperatures and more winter snow cover as compared to the rest of Ohio.

In 1930s, plans were drawn up to dam the Mosquito Creek under the Federal Flood Control Act to alleviate floods on the Mahoning, Beaver and Ohio rivers. The dam would also provide domestic water supply for the city of Warren and pollution abatement as a result of the industrialized steel production along the Mahoning River. Completed in April 1944, the dam's capacity held 34 billion gallons of water covering 7,850 acres of land. In 1946. the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to manage the recreation on the lake.

The campground at Mosquito Lake State Park has 234 sites. The majority of the sites are situated in a mature forest while others provide lakeshore access and vistas. There is a boat launching area for the campers with shoreline tie-ups. Facilities include a shower building with flush toilets, and pit latrines are located throughout the camp. Children's playground, horseshoe pits and volleyball are also available.

Boating opportunities afford unlimited horsepower on the 7,850-acre lake. Four launch ramps provide access to the lake. Fuel, boat rentals and seasonal dock rentals are available. Fishing is popular throughout the year with plentiful catches of walleye, bass, northern pike and crappie. A 600-foot beach provides recreation for swimmers and sunbathers.

Several picnic areas are located in the scenic areas of the park. Tables and grills are provided.

Several hiking trails allow visitors to explore the woodlands and scenic shoreline of the park. Ten miles of bridle trails give equestrians access to the park's interior. Snowmobilers have access to 14 miles of shoreline and 15 miles of wooded trails.

Hunting is permitted in designated areas of the park and the nearby Grand River Wildlife Area (SR 88). Controlled hunts, by drawing, are conducted in the Mosquito Wildlife Refuge in North Bloomfield, at the north end of the lake. A valid Ohio fishing and / or hunting license is required.

In addition, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains five recreational areas along the dam site providing an nature trail and fitness course. A wheelchair accessible fishing dock is located in the Lakeside Picnic Area. The ODNR Division of Wildlife manages the Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area, at the north end of the lake, under a lease agreement.

Recreation
Recreations pursued at Mosquito Lake State Park include fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, lake swimming, boating, camping, snowmobiling, ice-skating, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and ice boating.

Location
Mosquito Lake State Park is located in northeast Ohio off State Route 305 near Warren.

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.

Address
1439 State Route 305
Cortland, OH 44410-9303

Phone: 330-637-2856

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