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Jackson Lake State Park
Copyright: - Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Jackson Lake State Park
Description - Jackson Lake lies nestled in the heart of the unglaciated hill country of southeastern Ohio. These sandstone hills are part of the Appalachian Highlands known for their diversity of plant and animal life. This region of Ohio is heavily forested; nearly 70% of the state's woodlands are contained in these highlands. However, at one time most of the land was barren, having been extensively logged to fuel the iron smelting industry that once flourished here. Today, the land has recovered and supports a magnificent second-growth forest containing oak, maple, hickory, tulip tree and others.

Attractions - In 1938, Jackson Lake was impounded and the predecessor of the Department of Natural Resources operated the area. Over the years, a small camping area and swimming beach were added. These facilities were improved and picnic areas were added in the mid-1970s. Jackson Park was dedicated as a state park in 1979.

Today, visitors enjoy a small 34-site campground (electric hookups) with sites close to the lake's beach. Campers with pets are welcome in designated areas. A Rent-A-Tepee site is available for reservation. Contact the park office for details.

The meandering Jackson Lake has a 10 HP limit. Launch ramps and boat rentals are offered at the park. The depth of the lake ranges to ten feet but is generally much less than that. Anglers will enjoy fine catches of bass, muskie, bluegill, catfish and carp. A valid Ohio fishing license is required. A nice sand beach provides sunbathers and swimmers a relaxing area to recreate.

There are two picnic areas in the park affording pleasant views of the lake. Three shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities at Jackson Lake State Park include camping, boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, picnicking, and viewing scenery. In winter, people enjoy sledding, ice fishing, and ice skating.

Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.

Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.

Location - Lying twelve miles south of Jackson, in Jackson County, visitors can view some of Ohio's most scenic beauty at Jackson Lake State Park.

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Jackson Lake State Park, 35 Tommy Been Road, P.O. Box 174 , Oak Hill, OH, 45656, Phone: 740-682-6197

Additional Information:
Ohio Lakes and Reservoirs - Ohio has more than 2,500 lakes and 44,000 miles of rivers and streams. Lake Erie, the southernmost Great Lake, is a major recreation attraction.
Ohio State Parks and Forests - Great outdoor adventure begins in Ohio at one of the 20 state forests or one of the 73 award-winning state park sites.
Southeast Ohio - Ohio's rugged beauty awaits in Southeast Travel Region where miles of tree-lined trails traverse the landscape once inhabited by Native Americans.

Jackson Lake State Park - Official agency website.


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