Punderson State Park

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Punderson State Park

Ohio

(440) 564-2279

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Overview

The 741-acre Punderson State Park with its 150-acre natural lake, resort manor house, family cottages, golf course and scenic campground, provides many recreational opportunities for visitors. Punderson is also Ohio's premier winter sports park. Sledding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are all at their best.

Punderson State Park is located in the glaciated plateau region of Ohio. During the Ice Age, this area was buried under glacial ice. The last glacier to enter Ohio's boundaries, the Wisconsinan, receded about 12,000 years ago. Punderson Lake, one of Ohio's few natural lakes, owes its origin to this massive ice sheet. It is a kettle lake which was formed when a large block of ice broke off the glacier creating a depression which filled with meltwater. Punderson is the largest and deepest kettle lake in Ohio. The aquatic environment of the lake combined with the surrounding woodlands give Punderson a diverse array of natural wonders. The lake is home to a variety of shorebirds and waterfowl including great blue herons, Canada geese and wood ducks. Ohio's largest rodent, the beaver, can also be spotted around the lake. Great horned owls, white-tailed deer, opossum and raccoons can be found within the park boundaries. In the park, the vegetation is as diverse as the animal population. Wild geranium, buttercup, blue-eyed grass and pennywort are just a few of the wildflowers that inhabit the area.

Map of Punderson (OH)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.460684, -81.216654

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Activities

  • Boating

    Electric motors only are permitted on Punderson Lake. A single launch ramp provides access to the lake. Boat rentals are available at the marina concession.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors can tour Punderson Lake's scenic shore line and the surrounding woodlands along SR 87, Music Street, and the park's road system.

  • Camping

    The campground is situated on the site of a former Indian village. It has 177 electric sites, five full service sites (electric, water & sewer), and 12 non-electric sites. Showerhouses, flush toilets, and a dump station are available. Pets are permitted in designated areas. A nature center is available. The camp office loans sporting equipment and games to registered campers. There are also 26 cottages available for rent.

  • Fishing

    Anglers enjoy catches of bluegill, largemouth bass, rainbow and golden trout and catfish. Punderson Lake as well as two smaller lakes are open to fishing. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.

  • Golfing

    A championship-rated, 18-hole public golf course challenges even the expert golfer. Reservations are always advisable and required for weekend play. The pro shop stocks all necessary merchandise and has a snack bar.

  • Hiking

    This park has seven hiking trails and one multi-use trail.

  • Hunting

    An archery range and practice area is located near the sledhill. Please bring your own equipment. Broadhead arrows are prohibited.

  • Picnicking

    This park has seven picnic facilities with tables, grills and drinking water. A picinic shelter is available for reservation by calling the park.

  • RVing

    The campground is situated on the site of a former Indian village. It has 177 electric sites, five full service sites (electric, water & sewer), and 12 non-electric sites. Showerhouses, flush toilets, and a dump station are available. Pets are permitted in designated areas. A nature center is available. The camp office loans sporting equipment and games to registered campers.

  • Water Sports

    This park offers a 600 foot public beach. The beach is open during daylight hours only.

  • Winter Sports

    This park has a lighted sled hill, three snowmobile trails that offer access to the park for those with snowmobiles, and two cross country ski trails that are available as weather permits. Dog sleds are permitted on Mushers Trail.

Seasonality/Weather

This park is open year-round.

Park Partners

Friends of Punderson State Region

The Friends of Punderson is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is making improvements to the Punderson State Park Region. This region includes: Punderson State Park, Tinkers Creek State Park and Nelson Ledges State Park. The friends group organizes programs, special events, and sponsor fundraising activities. All proceeds go toward making improvements to the Punderson Region Parks.

Punderson Manor Lodge and Conference Center

Located in the natural splendor of Punderson State Park, only 50 minutes Southeast of Cleveland. Punderson Manor Lodge and Conference Center is a historic English Tudor Style mansion featuring 31 spacious guestrooms, 26 fully furnished two bedroom cottages, a conference center that accommodates up to 100 and an elegant full service dining room that boasts breathtaking views of Punderson Lake. Enjoy the tranquility of relaxing at the indoor and outdoor pools. Wade a while at the sandy beach, play tennis, volleyball, basketball or enjoy a challenging round of golf on the picturesque 18-hole championship golf course. There is also plenty of hiking with 14 miles of beautiful winding park trails. When winter saunters in, you can snowmobile, cross-country ski, ice fish, or toboggan down the "Fast & Steep" sled hill. Punderson Manor Lodge & Conference Center is open year-round.

(440) 564-9144

Directions

Driving

This park is located at 11755 Kinsman Road, Newbury, Ohio 44065-9684.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(440) 564-2279

Campground reservations

(866) 644-6727

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