Guilford Lake State Park

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Guilford Lake State Park

Ohio

(330) 222-1712

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Overview

The 93-acre Guilford Lake State Park is a quiet fishing lake located in northeastern Ohio on the west fork of the Little Beaver Creek. The gentle rolling terrain of the area offers a serene escape for park visitors year round. Guilford Lake is situated in the glaciated plateau region of Ohio. This portion of the Appalachian foothills was overridden by the glaciers that invaded Ohio more than 12,000 years ago. Eventually, the glacial advances were blocked by the harder and higher sandstone ridges of southeastern Ohio. The bedrock materials of this area were formed 300 million years ago from deposits laid down in streams and swamps. Natural lakes are a feature of the glaciated landscape, although most in Ohio are very small and have now aged into bogs or marshes. These bodies of water were formed by huge chunks of ice which broke off from the retreating glacier and melted in depressions forming kettle lakes. The area surrounding Guilford Lake, before being impounded as a reservoir, was extremely swampy indicating it may have been a remnant of a natural glacial lake. The park attracts migrating waterfowl in the fall and spring and also provides good habitat for a variety of songbirds such as the red-winged blackbird, song sparrow and eastern meadowlark. Other wildlife common to the area are red fox, raccoon, skunk and white-tailed deer.

Map of Guilford Lake (OH)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.803874, -80.883097

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boats with motors up to 10 horsepower are permitted on the 396-acre lake. There are three launching ramps. Seasonal dock rentals are available. Boat rentals are available from a privately-owned marina on the south side of the lake. Canoes, kayaks and paddleboats can be rented in the campground.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors can tour the park's forests, swamps, and scenic Guilford lake along Camp Blvd., Lakeview, Teegarden Rd., and other nearby roads.

  • Camping

    This park has 41 electric sites, a play area, a fishing dock, drinking water, showers, flush toilets, a dump station, picnic tables, and fire-rings are. Playground equipment is located at the campground, along with volleyball and basketball courts and horseshoe pits. Camp office also has games and sporting equipment to loan to registered campers. Pets are permitted on all sites.

  • Fishing

    Good catches of bass, bluegill, crappie and channel catfish can be taken at Guilford Lake. An accessible fishing pier is available on the south side of the lake. Valid Ohio fishing license is required.

  • Hiking

    This park has a 1/2 mile hiking trail that skirts the scenic lakeshore and provides opportunities for exercise and wildlife observation.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is not permitted in the state park. Hunting is permitted in the nearby Zepernick Lake State Wildlife Area, east of the park on State Route 172.

  • Picnicking

    The park has eight picnic areas with tables and grills located at various points around the lake. A shelterhouse is available for reservation online or by calling 866-644-6727.

  • RVing

    This park has 41 electric sites, a play area, a fishing dock, drinking water, showers, flush toilets, a dump station, picnic tables, and fire-rings are. Playground equipment is located at the campground, along with volleyball and basketball courts and horseshoe pits. Camp office also has games and sporting equipment to loan to registered campers. Pets are permitted on all sites.

  • Water Sports

    A 600-foot public swimming beach is located on the northwest side of the lake. Facilities include a bathhouse with changing booths and showers.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter sports include ice skating and ice fishing.

Seasonality/Weather

This park is open year-round.

Directions

Driving

From Cleveland, Ohio: Take 71 South or 77 South to 480 East. Take 480 East to 14 South to 45 South at Salem. Take 45 South to 9 South to 172 East

From Columbus, Ohio: Take 71 North to 30 East to East Canton. Take 172 East.

From Cincinnati, Ohio: Take 71 North to Columbus. Stay on 71 until you reach I-270. Take I-270 East to I-70 East. Take I-70 East to 77 North to 22 West, to 7 North. Follow 7 North to 11 North. Take 11 North to 172 West.

From Toledo, Ohio: Take 480 East to 14 South to 45 South at Salem. Take 45 South to 9 South to 172 East.

From Lisbon, Ohio: Take 172 West to park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(330) 222-1712

Campground reservations

(866) 644-6727

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