|Deer Creek Lake
Deer Creek Lake is a 1,277 acre reservoir with a 15-mile shoreline nestled among gently rolling hills and hardwood trees in south central Ohio. An ideal location for boating, fishing, camping, hiking and hunting, Deer Creek Lake also provides a shooting range, archery range and horse trails.
An abundance of wildlife which inhabits the area around the lake: ring-necked pheasant, cottontail rabbit, squirrel, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, raccoon, mink, red fox, skunk, coyote and beaver. Red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers and American kestrels are also common sights.
The presence of major sport species such as bluegill, white crappie, channel catfish, saugeye, white, largemouth, smallmouth and rock bass, carp, bullhead and flathead catfish provide for excellent and diverse catches.
Fishing is allowed :from boats and along the shoreline, in and along Deer Creek Lake and in Deer Creek below and above the dam. Brush piles have been constructed at shoreline access sites to improve catches of bluegill and crappie.
The largest Hybrid Striped Bass ever caught in an Ohio lake was caught in Deer Creek Lake in May 2001. Rosemary Shaver of Logan, Ohio caught a Hybrid Striped Bass which weighed 17.68 pounds and was 31” long (Cited March 2011).
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Boaters enjoy unlimited horsepower on Deer Creek Lake with boat launch ramps and docks scattered around the lake as well as at the Deer Creek State Park Marina and the Harding Cabin Boat Ramp Area. They have boat rentals, docking facilities, fuel and restrooms. The Marina store sells food and refreshments as well as boating and fishing supplies. Boaters may also take advantage of a boat-swim area.
Deer Creek offers primitive and electric hook-up campsites. Please review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging in the area.
The closest major city to Deer Creek Lake is Columbus. Other nearby Ohio cities: Chillicothe, Lancaster, Grove City, Pickering and Portsmouth. The lake is located in Fayette and Pickaway counties.
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