Alum Creek Lake

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Alum Creek Lake


(740) 548-6151

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Alum Creek Lake is great place to bring the family for a variety of recreational activities such as bicycling, boating, camping, fishing, and much more! AlumCreek Lake is located in Delaware County, Ohio, north of Columbus between I-71 and US 23. Alum Creek flows south joining Big Walnut Creek, near Groveport in southeast Columbus, which joins the Scioto River. Alum Creek Lake was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reduce the flood hazard along Alum and Big Walnut Creeks, the Scioto River, and along the Ohio River. The city of Columbus shared part of the additional project cost for water supply for the metropolitan area. Other benefits of the lake project are recreation, fish and wildlife management, and downstream water quality. The majority of the park is leased to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to operate as a State Park. The Corps of Engineers manages and operates the Visitor Center and the Below Dam Recreation Area, as well as the dam. Restrooms are located at the Visitor Center, the State Park Beach, the Lewis Center Picnic Area, Hollenback Rd. Boat Ramp and State Park Marina, State Park Campground, Horsemen's Day Use Area/Camp, Kilbourne Fishing Access, Howard Rd. Boat Ramp, Cheshire Boat Ramp and Picnic Area, New Galena Boat Ramp, Cheshire Fishing Access, and the Below Dam Recreation Area.

Map of Alum Creek Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 40.197233, -82.943687



  • Boating

    AlumCreek Lakeoffers unlimited horsepower and various water related activities such as; fishing, sailing, water skiing, pleasure boating and boater swim/camp areas. There are five boat launch ramps; the Marina on Hollenback Road and the Campground ramp on the west side of the lake, the New Galena and Cheshire ramps on the east side of the lake and the Howard Road ramp in the northern part of the lake on the east side. The area north of US Route 36/State Route 37 is a no wake zone.

  • Bicycling

    Two mountain bike trail systems are located on the east side of the lake, off of Lewis Center Road. The P1 trail system includes two main trails, a two-mile loop designed for beginning cyclists and nearly five miles of connected loops for the more experienced rider. The P2 trail is for, advanced riders, is about six miles in length. These trails are unpaved and are exclusively designed for mountain bike use only. For maps and information on possible seasonal trail closures or trail conditions visit the Central Ohio Mountain Bike Organization web site at Bicycles are also permitted on main roads and in the State Park Campground.

  • Camping

    The campground, on the west side of the lake, was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers and is operated by the State Park. There are 289 sites, all with new electrical hook-ups (1999), a picnic table, and a fire ring. Showers, flush toilets, drinking water, a trailer waste station, playground, basketball court and a shelter house are also available as well as a beach and a boat ramp which are exclusively for campground guests. Sites are available on a first come, first served basis. Other camping areas include a Group Camp at the Lewis Center Picnic Area, and camping for horsemen at the Horsemen's Day Use Area/Camp on Howard Road.

  • Fishing

    The saw-toothed lake shoreline provides excellent fishing. Alum Creek Lake is one the best fishing lakes in the state. A wide variety of fish including white bass, rock bass, small-and large-mouth bass, bluegill, white and black crappie, green sunfish, longeared sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, channel catfish and saugeye, muskellunge, walleye thrive in the lake. The State of Ohio, Division of Wildlife regularly stocks Saugeye and muskies in the lake. Numerous fishing tournaments are held at the lake each year. Fishing access areas include the Lewis Picnic Area, Kilbourne Fishing Access, Howard Rd. Boat Ramp, Cheshire Fishing Access, and the Below Dam Recreation Area. Fishing is allowed from boats and shoreline, in and along the lake. Ohio fishing licenses are required and state fishing regulations apply.

  • Hiking

    The park offers a six mile multi-purpose trail, located at the New Galena Launch Ramp, on the east side of the lake. The trail is designed for hiking in the spring and summer months and dependent upon snow cover, snowmobiling and cross country skiing in the winter. There are also hiking trails located at the State Park Office, the Hollenback Boat Ramp Area, and the Visitor Center.

  • Horseback Riding

    The park offers a bridle trail of 50 miles. The majority of the trail is north of U.S. Route 36/State Route 37 and is recommended for experienced riders. Horse rental is not available. Parking for trailers; overnight camping, water and restrooms are available at the Horsemen's Day Use Area/Camp on Howard Road.

  • Hunting

    The areas north of Rt 36/37 on the east bank are mostly wooded and support good populations of whitetail deer, squirrel and raccoon. The areas south of Rt 36/37 are mostly abandoned cropland with small areas of secondary hardwoods. These areas have good populations of whitetail deer and rabbit. The State Park offers 20 duck blind sites in an annual lottery held on the 3rd Saturday in August. There are also 8 day use blinds available on a first come basis.

  • Picnicking

    Two picnic shelters are located at the Below Dam Recreation Area. All shelters are available on a first come, first served basis EXCEPT WHEN RESERVED IN ADVANCE (a fee is required for reserving a shelter). RESERVATIONS MAY BE MADE 360 days IN ADVANCE by contacting the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) at 1-877-444-6777 toll free. Specify the state of Ohio and Alum Creek Below Dam area to the customer service representative. For addition shelter information call the project office at (740) 548-6151. There are also picnic tables outside of the shelters in the Below Dam Recreation Area. In the state park managed area, the Lewis Center Picnic Area, located north of the beach on Lewis Center Road offers the largest area for group outings. The Marina, Cheshire and New Galena Ramps also offer shaded picnic areas.

  • RVing

    Sites for RV's are available.

  • Water Sports

    The State Park beach is 3000' long and is the largest inland beach in the state of Ohio. The beach is located on Lewis Center Road on the west side of the lake. A small beach, located in the State Park campground, is exclusively for campground guests. The use of floatation equipment is prohibited at both the main beach and the campground beach.

  • Winter Sports

    Call for more information.



From the south - I-71 north to Exit-121 (Polaris Parkway Exit). Turn right (east) on Polaris Parkway. Turn left on Worthington Road. Then turn left on Africa Road. Turn left on to Lewis Center Road to get to the Below Dam Recreation Area or the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center about 1/2 mile beyond the Below Dam Recreation Area.

From the northeast - take I-71 south to Exit-131 (west on 36/37). Turn right (west) on 36/37. Turn left (south) on Africa Rd. Continue on Africa Rd. until you reach Lewis Center Rd. Turn right (west) on Lewis Center Rd. to get to the Below Dam Recreation Area or the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center about 1/2 mile beyond the Below Dam Recreation Area.

From Northwest - From U.S. Route 23 south, turn left on Lewis Center Road. Corps Visitor Center is approximately 3 miles on left.

Phone Numbers


(740) 548-6151