Camp at Kiser Lake
Ohio › Kiser Lake State Park
Added by James Blumenschein
Kiser Lake is known for its clean and clear water. Watercraft are not permitted to have any motors, so the lake is generally full of small rowboats, kayaks and small sail boats.
- 531 acre state park
- 396 acre Lake
- Lakeside Camping
- 600 foot Beach
- Fishing, boat rental
This pet-friendly park has some great sites for lakeside camping, all on the east-end of the lake, giving campers a great view of the sunset. The sites are near a 'field' of lily pads, and the frog calls that emanate from the area make for a relaxing sound to sleep to. There are few trees lakeside, so a clear night is definitely a starry one.
There are 10 electric sites, and 108 non-electric sites. These drive-up sites are reservable, and they have designated 'walk-in' sites as well. Sites 69, 70, & 71 are right on the lake and are lightly shaded (67 & 70 have no noon/evening shade and are 'walk-in' sites). North, across Kiser Lake Rd, sites 30-38 offer more noon/evening shade and have nice lake views (but are not lakeside). Apart from lakeside, sites 12-21 are in a nice wooded loop and sites 15 & 16 are not drive-up. These sites offer no view of the lake. Make your reservations here.
Access to the camp sites is not via the park entrance. Coming from the south, turn right onto Possum Hollow Road (South of Kiser Lake State Park), and then left at the dead end onto Kiser Lake Road. Coming from the North, drive south, past Kiser Lake State Park and turn left onto Possum Hollow Road. Check-in is at the Marina, about 1.5 miles north of the camp sites.
Activities: During the summer, the park puts on various activities for kids (and adults). The marina rents boats (or you can bring your own). There are plenty of fishing opportunities; off the docks, bank or watercraft. There are 4 miles of hiking trails and 7 miles of bridle trails.
Hiking: The park has 4 miles of hiking trails over 5 individual trails. The North Bay Trail is the longest at 1.5 miles and is slightly moderate. It is one way, so the whole trip ends up around 3 miles. It parallels the north bank of the lake, is fairly rugged and hilly with a max elevation difference of 76 feet. The trail meanders through a wooded area and touches the north bank from time to time. Total time: 3 hours (round trip).
Amenities: The park offers two water stations and has an artesian well, pit latrines, a playground with a volleyball court, outdoor amphitheater and a 600 foot beach. Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring.
- Tent (if staying overnight or multiple nights)
- Comfortable chairs (to watch the awesome sunset over the lake)
- Comfortable hiking shoes
- Trekking poles/walking stick (recommended for the North Bay Trail)
- Boat/Kayak (if planning to go on the water)
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