Buck Creek State Park is comprised of 1,896-acres of parkland and a 2,120-acre lake that is the central attraction to the park offering plenty of water-related activities to enjoy. The park is located near Buck Creek (or Lagonda Creek) and Springfield city in Clark County, Ohio. The main entrance to the park can be found off State Route 40, just five miles from Springfield.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) owns the land where the park sits and leases it to the state. Part of the land where the park sits is a flood control dam and a reservoir called the C. J. Brown Reservoir and Dam that was built by the USACE. Besides the lake, Buck Creek State Park’s topography is mainly comprised of broad meadows, several wetlands, and plenty of wildlife. The park lies in an area of Ohio that has a rich history of agriculture due to plenty of fertile agricultural land.
Besides the amazing biota at the park, there are several other activities that make the park popular including camping, hiking, fishing and hunting, boating, swimming, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and sledding. Amenities at the park to facilitate these activities include about 100 campsites (89 of which have electricity), 26 cottages, picnic areas and picnic shelters, showers and flush toilets, playground, game courts, food concession, hiking trails, bike rentals, boat ramps, boat rentals, fishing pier, and swimming beach among other facilities.
Like all other state parks in Ohio, entrance into the park is free of charge and this also includes free entry for your dog or other pets. If you choose to camp at the park, you should be aware that there is a limit of only two pets per campsite. Other park rules that you should be aware of include; keeping your dog on a leash no longer than 6 feet long. You must also keep your pooch away from park buildings and areas not designated as pet-friendly.