What to do in Tinker's Creek State Park

The majority of Tinker's Creek State Park is maintained in its original state as a marshland. During the spring and fall migration periods, the marsh provides food and shelter for thousands of waterfowl. Mallards, wood ducks and Canada geese nest in the marshlands each year. In addition, woodcock, rail, gallinule, snipe, heron and bittern are often sighted.

In the years prior to the state's acquisition of the land, the area was a private park known as Colonial Spring Gardens. The park was situated around a 10-acre, man-made lake and offered recreational opportunities. The state of Ohio purchased the land in 1966, and in May 1973, Tinker's Creek was dedicated as a state park.

Tinker's Creek State Park is a day use facility that is open year-round. The spring-fed lake offers anglers catches of bass, bluegill, crappie, perch and catfish. Bluegills and bass are also found in the two ponds located along Pond Run Trail. Weather permitting, ice fishing is partaken. A small swimming beach is located on the south side of the lake. Changing booths and flush toilets are provided. Shaded by swamp white oak trees, the picnic areas provide a scenic setting for get-togethers. A shelter is equipped with electricity and can be reserved in advance by calling the park office. Three hiking trails are ideal for jogging, nature study or cross-country skiing.

Limited recreation is available at the 354-acre Tinker's Creek State Park. Warm weather attracts those who enjoy fishing, hiking, picnicking, and lake swimming. In winter, visitors can cross-country ski and ice fish.

Tinker's Creek State Park is located in northeast Ohio slightly above Streetsboro. Access is available off Interstate 80.

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 West Branch State Park
5708 Esworthy Road
Ravenna, OH 44266-9659

Phone: 330-296-3239

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