Deer Creek Lake

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Deer Creek Lake


(740) 869-2243

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Deer Creek Lake is a great location for boating, fishing, camping, and much more! Deer Creek Lake was designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Deer Creek Lake project was first authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938, for the purpose of flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife enhancement. Boaters enjoy unlimited horsepower on Deer Creek Lake. In the summer, this 1277 acre lake is a popular spot for fishing and water sports. Additional facilities on the project include a marina, swimming beach, shooting range, archery range and horse trails. Dam construction was begun in 1965 and completed in 1968. Deer Creek Dam is a part of the larger comprehensive flood control plan for the Ohio River Basin, a system of dams that reduces flooding on the Scioto and Ohio Rivers by holding back flood water. The estimated monetary savings in flood damages that been prevented downstream of the dam has surpassed the construction cost of the dam. In addition to flood reduction, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works in cooperation with Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Division of Wildlife to provide lakeside recreation and fish and wildlife management.

Map of Deer Creek Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 39.611243, -83.235169



  • Boating

    Launch ramps for the boating enthusiasts and anglers are located on State Route #207 at the Deer Creek State Park Marina (west ramp), and at the Harding Cabin Boat Ramp Area (east ramp). The phone number at the Marina is 740-869-4543. They have boat rentals, docking facilities, and restrooms. The Marina store sells food and refreshments as well as other boating supplies.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycles are permitted on main roads and campground areas. There is a one mile bike trail as well. It is located on Road #5 near the last picnic area to the left of the beach.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The scenic Deer Creek Lake can be toured by traveling public roads that surround the lake.

  • Camping

    Deer Creek offers elecric, non-electric, and group campsites with dump stations available. Contact the Deer Creek State Park Campground at 740-869-3508. The Campground is on road # 21, located off of Waterloo Rd.

  • Fishing

    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has stocked the lake with Saugeye. Fish and Game laws are enforced by Ohio Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers. Fishing is allowed from boats and shoreline, in and along Deer Creek Lake and in Deer Creek below and above the lake. Ohio fishing licenses are required.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails are located near the Harding Cabin, the Campground, and near the Lodge and Cabins. Maps and trail descriptions can be obtained at the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center or at the State Park Office.

  • Historic Sites

    Before the dam was built there were Prehistoric mounds located on Tick Ridge. These sites were excavated before construction of the dam began. The Harding Cabin was once owned by Harry Daugherty, one of President Warren G. Harding's cabinet members. Harding and other close friends used the cabin as a retreat for hunting and fishing. These two sites have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Horseback Riding

    A Horseback riding trail meanders through much of the park. Bring your own horse and get on the trail at the parking lot near the Campground entrance. There is a horse camp where you can camp with your horses as well. Come to the Visitor Center to find more information about private horseback riding stables in this area.

  • Hunting

    The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife manage the fish and wildlife programs by habitat improvement, nesting site development, and food-plot programs for the benefit of many fish and wildlife species. The Division of Wildlife has an office on Post Rd. off State Route 207.They can be reached at 740-869-2365 for information about fishing, hunting, and the shooting range.

  • Picnicking

    There are many picnic areas located around the lake. The Corps of Engineers operates two picnic shelters located in the Downstream Recreation Area below the dam. One is called the "Doe Shelter," the other is the "Buck Shelter." They're reservable during the summer recreation season. Reservations may be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at The park # is 3834. During October through April the shelters are available on a first come - first served basis. If you have questions please call 740-869-2243.

  • RVing

    Deer Creek offers elecric, non-electric, and group campsites with dump stations available. Contact the Deer Creek State Park Campground at 740-869-3508. The Campground is on road # 21, located off of Waterloo Rd.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming beach located on Crownovermill Rd. near the Dam.

  • Winter Sports

    This site provides winter sports.


During the summer months the Visitor Center is open every day until 4:30 pm. The phone number is 740-869-2243.



From I-71 take Exit 84. Then take State Route 56 East. From 56, take State Route 207 South. Follow signs to Dam and Visitor Center at 21897 Deer Creek Rd. From US Route 23 take US Route 22 West. Then SR 207 North. Follow signs to Dam and Visitor Center.

Phone Numbers


(740) 869-2243