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Kiser Lake State Park

We visited Kiser Lake State Park in Champaign County at the end of May. The park features a 396 acre lake man-made lake. Originally a moraine valley created during the ice age, the lake was formed when a dam was built on Mosquito Creek at one end of the valley.

Kiser Lake

Tree by lake
View of lake
Slower moving water

The lake is 2.5 miles long with 5.3 miles of shoreline and five piers. Additionally, boats (motors prohibited) are available for rent at the park. Many people were fishing the weekend that we were there. Further illustrating the popularity of fishing at Lake Kiser, we walked into the park’s marina / camp store and noted that half of the store was devoted to fishing gear. The lake features largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, perch, carp, and catfish.

Wall of fishing gear in the camp store
Cute fisherman statue holding “open” banner for the camp store
Paddle boat for rent

The campground features sites in a pleasant meadow near the lake, and several sites right on the lake. A 600 foot beach is available for swimming from Memorial Day through Labor Day. There are several small trails for hiking as well as a trail at adjacent Kiser Lake Wetlands State Nature Preserve. Winter activities at the park include cross-country skiing, ice fishing, skating, and ice boating.

Camp sites next to the lake
More camping on the opposite side of the road from the lake
A camper cabin
Another style of camper cabin
Since we were visiting before Memorial Day, it was too early to be using the beach.
One of the hiking trails
Shaded bench near the shoreline
Additional information


Address: 4889 N State Route 235, Conover, Ohio 45317

Geo-coordinates: N 40° 11′ 10.38″, W 83° 57′ 48.70″

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2 thoughts on “Kiser Lake State Park

  1. We stayed the weekend of Labor Day. It was great. The friendly staff was helpful, the rangers were fun and informative. We participated in most of the activities offered-no age limit! They had movies at night for the kids, with popcorn and soda. Lots to do at this state park-swim, fish, boat, hike, etc. This park was true camping, no showers or running water. Three natural springs with fresh, cold water. We will definetly re-visit.

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