Jefferson Lake State Park

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Jefferson Lake State Park


(740) 765-4459

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Jefferson Lake State Park is one of Ohio's quiet, out of the way camping parks. Nestled in oak and hickory wooded hills, this 945-acre park offers privacy and peaceful scenery in all seasons. The sandstone hills of Jefferson County are part of the Appalachian Highlands which envelope the southeastern part of Ohio. In the sandstone bedrock can be found layers of coal which were formed by decaying swamp vegetation millions of years ago during the Pennsylvanian geologic period. Covering the hills and valleys of the area is a second growth oak and hickory forest. Growing side-by-side with towering white oaks and shagbark hickories are stately beeches and maples, tulip trees, walnuts, elms and ashes. The forest is composed of much more than trees, although they constitute its most conspicuous feature. The observant visitor may find a wealth of wildflowers such as wild geranium, hepatica and bloodroot. The leafy canopy rings with a harmonious chorus of bird songs. Wild turkey and ruffed grouse are dispersed in these hills and forests as well. These are just a few of the natural wonders found at Jefferson Lake.

Map of Jefferson Lake (OH)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.461113, -80.808749



  • Boating

    Non-motorized boats, and boats with electric motors up to four horsepower are permitted on 17-acre Jefferson Lake. the lake is accessible from one launch ramp.

  • Bicycling

    This park offers six bridle trails that also allow hiking and biking.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors can tour the scenic forests that surround Jefferson Lake along TR 219 and CR 54.

  • Camping

    This park has five electric sites and 92 non-electric sites. Each site includes a picnic table. Vault latrines, water fountains and a dump station are available. Hot showers are available at the beach area. Pets are permitted on all sites. There are 30 non-electric equestrian sites located near the Trillium Trailhead. Sites are on a "first come, first served" basis, no reservations are available.

  • Fishing

    Jefferson Lake offers great catches of largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill and redear sunfish. Valid Ohio fishing license is required.

  • Hiking

    This park offers one hiking-only trail and 6 bridle trails that also allow hiking and biking.

  • Horseback Riding

    This park offers one bridle-only trail and 6 bridle trails that also allow hiking and biking.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted in designated areas. Valid Ohio hunting license is required.

  • Picnicking

    There are five picnic areas located in scenic spots around the lake. Also, three shelter houses are available on a "first come first served basis".

  • Water Sports

    The lake offers a 200-foot sand beach. Facilities include a bathhouse with shower and flush toilets, and a swingset. Swim at your own risk, so be sure to keep an eye on the kids.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter sports include ice skating, cross country skiing, and ice fishing.


This park is open year-round.



This park is located at 501 TWSP RD 261A, Richmond, Ohio 43944-9710.

Phone Numbers


(740) 765-4459