What to do in Pike Lake State Park

Six hundred acres of oak, hickory, and tulip woodland along with impressive sandstone outcroppings characterize the remote park. The dense forest and location of Pike Lake create excellent habitat for white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, gray squirrel, rabbit and the elusive wild turkey. Other mammals in the park include skunk, opossum, raccoon and red fox. The forest is known for its variety of ferns, mosses, lichens and fungi.

Pike Lake State Park first began to take shape during the Civilian Conservation Corps days of the 1930s. Corps members dug the lake by hand, built two or three fire towers in the area, constructed the roads to make them accessible and planted hundreds of pine trees. Pike Lake was originally a state forest park, but with the formation of the Division of Parks and Recreation in 1949, it became an official state park that year.

The campground at Pike Lake State Park features 101 sites with electricity. Latrines, dump station, tables, fire rings and camp commissary are provided. Campers with pets are permitted on designated sites. A group camp that can accommodate 60 people is available by reservation.

The park features 13 standard cottages and 12 family cottages. Family cottages sleep six people, are heated for year-round use, have two bedrooms, bath with shower, living room with sofa bed, kitchen / dining area and screened porch. Standard cottages are available during the summer months only. Each standard cottage sleeps from four to six people and has a dining area, kitchen and bath. Dishes and kitchen utensils are furnished in both the family and standard cottages. A group cabin is available that accommodates 20 people.

Six miles of hiking trails provide strenuous and / or casual walks to scenic locations. The adjacent state forest has several miles of bridle trails. Horses are not provided by the park or forest.

Non-powered watercraft and boats with electric motors only (up to 4-1/2 horsepower) are permitted on the 13-acre lake. Rowboats are available for rent. Anglers can snag largemouth bass, channel catfish, bullheads, bluegill and crappie. A beautiful sand beach and a dock is provided for swimmers. Changing areas, showers and a beach concession contribute to the appeal of this swimming area.

Several picnic areas are located in scenic locations around the park. Grills and tables are provided.

Hunting is permitted in the adjacent state forest. A valid Ohio fishing and / or hunting license is required.

Recreation
Visitors to this Scioto River Valley park can enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, picnicking, lake swimming, nature study, boating, sledding, ice-skating, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, resort facilities that include several varieties of cottages, a group lodge, group camping, and family camping with pets.

Location
Pike Lake State Park is located south of Bainbridge from US 50.

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
1847 Pike Lake Road
Bainbridge, OH 45612-2212

Phone: 740-493-2212

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