Lakes in Ohio

Love to fish? Ohio has numerous public fishing lakes maintained by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to ensure that anglers have success catching catfish, bass, trout, yellow perch, walleye and various other species in Ohio's freshwaters.

But fishing isn't the only fun for lake enthusiasts in Ohio. The ODNR's system of water trails include numerous water-based activities, from boating to waterfowl watching. Several of the trails include lakes. The Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail, for instance, is a 293-mile byway that includes fishing, wild-life watching and sailing opportunities. It also features stops at Lake Erie, the Lake Erie Islands, lighthouses, maritime museums and other historic sites. Another of Ohio's byways, the East Sandusky Bay Water Trail, also traverses the Lake Erie area. Just over 15 miles long, the circular trail offers travelers many cultural and water sport opportunities on Lake Erie's Sandusky Bay.

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Featured lakes in Ohio

Jackson Lake

Jackson Lake is one of the most scenic lakes of Ohio. This lake is a ideal location for fishing and provides a very peaceful retreat from the city. There are 34 electric camping sites are available here.

Kiser Lake

Kiser Lake is located in Champaign county. Kiser Lake State Park offers numerous activities including camping, boating, fishing and hiking. 5 launch ramps and public docks for boats are available.

Madison Lake

Madison Lake is a relatively small lake located a short distance from Columbus, Ohio. This lake is ideal for sailboats, row boats and canoes. Other popular activities here are fishing, picnicking and swimming.


Popular Ohio lakes

Akron City Reservoir
Atwood Lake
Berlin Lake
Chippewa Lake
Clear Fork Reservoir
Delaware Lake
Dillon Lake
Evans Lake
Jackson Lake
Kiser Lake
Knox Lake
Lake Loramie
Lake Milton
Lucys Pond
Madison Lake
Nimisila Reservoir
Piedmont Lake
Senecaville Lake
Tappan Lake
Williams Lake


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