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Salt Fork Lake

Salt Fork Lake, nestled in rural Guernsey County within the largest state park in Ohio, supplies 2,952 acres of recreational waters.

Activities available at Salt Fork State Park include boating, sailing, Swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, Picnicking, horseback riding, hunting, golfing, water sports, winter sports, wildlife watching and basketball.

Winter sports include ice fishing, ice boating, ice skating, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and sled riding.


The most common fish that proliferate in Salt Folk Lake: Largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, walleye and muskellunge.

Salt Fork Lake holds the state record for producing the largest muskie ever caught in Ohio. In 2000, Jerrold Seibert's catch was 54” long and weighed in at 44 pounds. Ten years earlier a 3.28 pound, 12.75" bluegill was caught in this lake.


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    Salt Fork Lake OH Coordinates:
40.1051N -81.5557W
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Surface Area:
2,970 acres
Maximum Depth:
35 ft
791 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
1 - 2 ft
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Salt Fork State Park hosts two (2) marinas. Together, they offer fishing necessities, boating supplies and services, dock rental and boat rental. A large selection of boats is available for rent by the hour, day or week.

Salt Fork Lake accommodates boats with unlimited horsepower and maintains ten (10) public launch ramps for easy access.

Speed and ski zones, marked by buoys, allow swimmers and other water sports' lovers to enjoy the lake.


Salt Fork Lake State Park's lodging options: 148-room lodge, 37 cottages and 192 campsites.

Boaters may sleep on their boats as long as they do so in no-wake zones within 50 feet from shore. The Lake Resource Guide provides additional lodging information in the area.


The closest major city in Ohio is Columbus. Other nearby Ohio cities: Cambridge, Dover, Marietta, Steubenbville and Canton. The lake is located in Guernsey county.

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