Delaware State Park

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Delaware State Park

Ohio

(740) 548-4631

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Overview

Dense woodlands, expansive meadows and a shimmering 1,300-acre reservoir blend to create Delaware State Park. Once home to the Delaware Indians, this 1,686-acre recreational area offers camping, swimming, boating, fishing and wildlife viewing for outdoor enthusiasts. Before settlement of the area, a rich beech-maple forest covered the landscape. That original forest has long since been cut, but a healthy second growth forest is preserved in the park. The woodlands and meadows harbor a diverse array of plant and animal life. Interested observers can find large-flowered trillium, wild blue phlox, Queen Anne's lace and New England asters. The fields and woodlots are home to the fox squirrel, woodchuck, rabbit and white-tailed deer. The adjacent wildlife area is populated with ring-necked pheasant, while the lake and wetlands are a mecca for waterfowl. Birdwatching is popular here as many species of songbirds nest in the area. A bluebird management trail attracts this beautiful cavity-nesting bird.

Map of Delaware (OH)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.295693, -83.077048

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating with unlimited horsepower is permitted. There are three boat-launching ramps are conveniently located around the lake. Boat and dock rentals are offered seasonally. A fully equipped marina offers fuel, fishing and boating supplies.

  • Bird Watching

    Birdwatching is popular here as many species of songbirds nest in the area. A bluebird management trail attracts this beautiful cavity-nesting bird.

  • Bicycling

    Biking is allowed on public roads. There are also three mountain bike trails at the nearby Alum Creek State Park.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors can tour the woodlands and meadows surrounding Delaware Reservoir along Horseshoe Rd., Camp Road, and other nearby roads.

  • Camping

    This park offers 211 electric sites. Amenities include flush toilets, showers, laundry facilities and a dump station. Pets are permitted at designated sites. The campground offers volleyball, basketball and horseshoe courts as well as tetherball and playground equipment for youngsters. Bike rental is available at the camp office, along with games and sporting equipment for loan to registered campers. Group camp for organized youth groups are available for reservation. Three Rent-A-Yurt units are available April through October. Each is furnished with futon beds, table and chairs, a cooler, ceiling fan, outdoor gas grill and a picnic table with canopy.

  • Fishing

    Delaware reservoir offers excellent catches of crappie, muskie and largemouth and smallmouth bass. In addition to lake fishing, the Division of Wildlife stocks fishing ponds in the 4,670-acre wildlife area adjacent to the park. Valid Ohio fishing license is required.

  • Hiking

    This park offers five hiking trails that connect the lakeshore with each of the four camping areas, transecting meadows, woodlands and wetlands.

  • Hunting

    Waterfowl hunting is popular at Delaware. Duck blinds are issued by a lottery drawing. Hunting for other game is permitted in the wildlife area. Valid Ohio hunting license is required. Maps indicating hunting areas are available at the park office.

  • Picnicking

    This park offers eight picnic areas are located in quiet, scenic spots overlooking the lake. A shelter house is available for reservation online or by calling 866-644-6727.

  • Water Sports

    This park offers 800-foot public beach is popular with park visitors. Facilities include bathhouse, showers and a snack bar. Two boat/swim areas are designated on the lake.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross coutry skiing is permitted on all five hiking trails. Other winter sports include sledding, ice skating on the ice rink, and ice fishing.

Seasonality/Weather

This park is open year-round.

Directions

Driving

From Cleveland, Ohio: I-71 South to State Route 36-37, go West on State Route 36-37. Go North on U.S. 23 in Delaware City. Park entrance is on U.S. 23 5 miles North of the city of Delaware. From Columbus, Ohio: North on U.S. 23, 5 miles North of the city of Delaware, park entrance is on the East side of the road at the traffic light. From Cincinnati, Ohio: North on I-71, exit at State Route 36-37 ( Delaware Sunbury Exit). Travel West on State Route 36-37. Go North on U.S. 23, 5 miles North of the city of Delaware. From Toledo, Ohio: South on U.S. 23 , the park entrance is located on U.S. 23 9 miles South of the city of Marion. From Delaware, Ohio: Take U.S. 23 5 miles North of the city of Delaware.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(740) 548-4631

Campground reservations

(866) 644-6727

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