Buckeye Lake was built in 1826 and is America's first large man-made reservoir. Originally constructed to be canal feeder, it became Ohio's first official state park in 1949 when the Department of Natural Resources was formed. Buckeye Lake covers 3,173 acres providing areas for numerous outdoor activities all year long. The lake is populated with bluegill, catfish, muskie, bass, perch and crappie. A few of its many attractions is open for ice fishing, ice boating, cross country skiing and ice skating when conditions allow.
In the winter, vegetation thrives on the lake's floor helping to keep oxygen for the lake's fish at safe levels. In addition to saugeyes and hybrid striped bass, Buckeye Lake can produce nice catches of bluegill, crappie, muskellunge, walleye, largemouth bass, perch, channel catfish and bullhead catfish and other fish that prefer vegetated areas.
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As there are no horsepower restrictions for boats operating on Buckeye Lake, it is a favorite place for higher speed vessels to take to the water. The lake is just as inviting, however, for canoes, rowboats, kayaks, pontoons and sailboats. There are 9 paved launch ramps, 135 seasonal docks for rent and two areas designated for boating, swimming and camping.
Buckeye Lake offers camping and lake-front vacation cabin rentals. There are lots of hotels and motels within minutes from the lake. Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging in the area.
Buckeye lake is in Fairfield, Licking and Perry counties in Ohio approximately 23 miles east of downtown Columbus 9 miles south of Newark and 22 miles west of Zanesville. The closest major city is Columbus. Other nearby cities include, Zanesville, Newark, Hebron and Millersport.
The Buckeye Lake Marina is nestled in the quaint town of Millersport, Ohio. Located on the far west side of the lake it is just across the street from historic Weldon’s Ice Cream within minutes of the Buckeye Lake Museum. Other area attractions include the Hebron fish hatchery, the Buckeye Lake Historical Society Museum and Dawe's Arboretum. Please review the Lake Resource Guide for additional community events and attractions in the area.
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