Pymatuning State Park

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Pymatuning State Park

Ohio

(440) 293-6030

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Overview

In a setting that highlights the mystery of an old swamp forest and the excitement of a water recreation area, Pymatuning State Park invites outdoor lovers of all ages to enjoy a relaxing lakeside vacation experience. In addition to being one of the finest walleye and muskellunge lakes in the country, Pymatuning offers excellent camping, swimming and boating opportunities as well.

The countryside around Pymatuning State Park was shaped by the action of the glaciers that covered the area more than 14,000 years ago. As the last ice melted away, a rolling terrain dotted with dozens of kettle lakes was revealed. Gradually, a great swamp forest developed, punctuated by bogs and wetlands and supporting stands of towering white pines. The rich wetland habitat was home to a great number of wild animals including bears and wolves. It was this abundance of resources that attracted Indians to the area; the word Pymatuning is taken from an Indian term translated as "the crooked-mouthed man's dwelling place". The remaining ponds and marshes are a good food source for many types of animals, including the magnificent bald eagle. Several pairs of eagles nest on the Pennsylvania side of the reservoir, and a patient observer may spot one of these rare birds of prey in flight. In addition to eagles, the reservoir serves as a resting spot for numerous migrating waterfowl.

Map of Pymatuning (OH)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.571080, -80.530092

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Activities

  • Boating

    This park has five boat-launch ramps around the 14,000 acre lake. There are 360 docks available for seasonal rental. There is a 20 horsepower motor limit is in effect. Many boat rental concessions are located around the lake.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors can tour the this park's scenic wetlands along US 6, Pymatuning Lake Rd., and other nearby roads.

  • Camping

    This park has 331 sites with 20 or 30 amp electric hookups and 21 non-electric sites. The park offers heated shower houses, flush toilets, laundry facilities, and camp commissary. Certain sites may be rented for the entire season. There is a small beach for campers located near the center of the campground. There is a nature center, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and playgrounds. Free WiFi access is available at the camp office to registered campers. The park also rents 26 cottages and three yurts.

  • Fishing

    Pymatuning is known for its fine walleye fishing and has the reputation of being one of the best fishing lakes in the state. Anglers will also find good catches of crappie, black bass, bluegill and channel catfish. Either an Ohio or Pennsylvania fishing license is required for boat fishing while bank fishing requires a license from the applicable state.

  • Hiking

    The park offers two well-marked trails developed to give the nature enthusiast an opportunity to enjoy the area's abundant wild animal and plant life.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted in designated areas only. A valid Ohio hunting license is required.

  • Picnicking

    There are four picnic areas with tables and grills located in many secluded and scenic areas along the lakeshore. Three picnic shelters are available for reservation online or by calling 866-644-6727.

  • RVing

    This park has 331 sites with 20 or 30 amp electric hookups and 21 non-electric sites. The park offers heated shower houses, flush toilets, laundry facilities, and camp commissary. Certain sites may be rented for the entire season. There is a small beach for campers located near the center of the campground. There is a nature center, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and playgrounds. Free WiFi access is available at the camp office to registered campers.

  • Water Sports

    A 350-foot swimming beach is located just south of the causeway. Facilities include a bathhouse, showers, vending machines, and a volleyball court.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter sports include ice skating, ice boating, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing on the Beaver Dam Trail. Snowmobiling is permitted on the Pennsylvania side of the lake.

Seasonality/Weather

This park is open year-round.

Directions

Driving

This park is located at 6260 Pymatuning Lake Rd, Andover, Ohio 44003-1000.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(440) 293-6030

Campground reservations

(866) 644-6727

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