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Once a favored hunting spot for ancient Indian tribes, Deer Creek State Park is now popular for its wildlife, wildflowers, lovely lodge and recreation opportunities. Located not far from the state capital in the heart of Ohio's agricultural country, Deer Creek State Park is surrounded by more than 3,100 tranquil acres. A man-made 1,277-acre lake created for flood control, Deer Creek Lake was completed in 1968 and is known for its early spring saugeye fishing below the dam. Excellent catches of catfish, largemouth bass and crappie are also reported. The park was officially opened in 1974. In 1981, Deer Creek Resort Lodge was built at a cost ...

Once a favored hunting spot for ancient Indian tribes, Deer Creek State Park is now popular for its wildlife, wildflowers, lovely lodge and recreation opportunities. Located not far from the state capital in the heart of Ohio's agricultural country, Deer Creek State Park is surrounded by more than 3,100 tranquil acres. A man-made 1,277-acre lake created for flood control, Deer Creek Lake was completed in 1968 and is known for its early spring saugeye fishing below the dam. Excellent catches of catfish, largemouth bass and crappie are also reported. The park was officially opened in 1974. In 1981, Deer Creek Resort Lodge was built at a cost of $14 million. For an unusual treat, stay at a former presidential retreat on the banks of Deer Creek. The Harding Cabin is now restored and rented to guests. Known as "the Shack," the rustic one-and-a-half-story cottage built in 1918 was said to be a favorite of President Harding and his pals. Or book a room at the Deer Creek lodge with a panoramic view of the lake. The lodge features indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, whirlpool and exercise room, restaurant and lounge. You can also rent one of the 25 cottages that offer two bedrooms, bath with shower, living room, complete kitchen, dining area and screened porch. The Deer Creek Campground has 232 sites, plus four Rent-A-Camp units consisting of a tent, dining fly, cooler, cook stove and other equipment for rent. If you want to bring your horse, an equestrian camp provides primitive overnight facilities for riders.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring for the saugeye fishing and wildflowers