Nestled among endless fields of soybeans and corn in the northwestern corner of Ohio, the Harrison Lake State Park is a refuge for visitors and wildlife alike. The area was once underwater as a section of Lake Erie. As the lake’s waters receded, the region became a swamp of over 120 miles long and around 30 miles wide. There is also a designated dog area.
While no longer underwater, the area is still home to great blue herons and common egrets on the lake’s shallow side, as well as songbirds in the park’s meadows. Visitors may also see several types of turtles, snakes, frogs, and toads, as well as foxes, raccoon, and skunk. But there is more than wildlife to enjoy at Harrison Lake State Park.
In addition to the beautiful views and plentiful wildlife, the park offers all kinds of things to do. On the water, guests can boat with any kind of boat, with no limit on horsepower, but all boats must run at no-wake speeds. Harrison Lake does have a boat ramp and two docks. At the office, visitors can even rent boats. Fishing on the lake is excellent.
Visitors to the Harrison Lake State Park may catch largemouth or smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, pike, or carp. A valid Ohio fishing license is required. For those interested in going for a swim, there is a 150-foot swimming beach, as well as a designated dog swimming area inside the dog park section.
On land, visitors to Harrison Lake State Park may enjoy walking the three-and-a-half-mile trail that explores the lakeshore and scenic woodlands. There are also five picnic areas and three shelter houses that can be reserved in advance. In addition, there are volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoe pits, and a 9-hole disc golf course will be available shortly.
Be respectful of posted rules during your visit to Harrison Lake State Park. Always bring waste bags and make sure you leave the park as clean as you found it. If you are in Northwestern Ohio, Harrison Lake State Park is a beautiful refuge with plenty for your entire family to enjoy, including your pooch.