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Overview

Delaware State Park is located in central Ohio, just north of the city of Delaware. It offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities such as camping, hiking, boating, fishing, and swimming. The park features a 1,300-acre reservoir, Delaware Lake, which is a major attraction for water enthusiasts.

Camping Information

Facilities:

  • The park has a large campground with over 200 campsites.
  • Electric hookups are available on many sites.
  • The campground is equipped with heated shower houses, flush toilets, and a dump station.
  • Pet-friendly campsites are available for those who wish to bring their domestic pets along.

Reservations:

  • Reservations for campsites can typically be made up to six months in advance.
  • You can reserve a campsite through the Ohio State Parks Reservation System either online or by phone.

Seasons:

  • The campground is generally open from April through October, though the exact dates can vary each year.
  • Some areas may be available on a first-come, first-served basis outside of the main camping season.

Activities

Boating:

  • Delaware Lake is popular for boating and has multiple launch ramps.
  • Motorized boating is permitted, though there may be horsepower limitations.
  • Canoeing and kayaking are also common activities on the lake.

Fishing:

  • The lake is well-stocked with a variety of fish, including largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill.
  • Anglers over 16 years of age must have an Ohio fishing license.

Swimming:

  • There is a public beach within the state park designated for swimming.
  • Lifeguards are generally not on duty.

Hiking:

  • Delaware State Park contains several miles of hiking trails.
  • These trails can range from easy to moderate difficulty.

Wildlife Watching:

  • The area is rich with wildlife, including a variety of birds, deer, and other native species.

Rules and Regulations

  • Campfires: Campfires are permitted only in designated fire rings.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol consumption is generally prohibited in state parks.
  • Quiet Hours: The park enforces quiet hours, typically from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Pets: Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and under control at all times.
  • Littering: Littering is strictly prohibited, and visitors are expected to keep the campsites and park clean.
  • Wildlife: Do not feed wildlife and maintain a safe distance.
  • Permits: Additional permits may be required for special activities or large groups.

Contact Information

For the most current information and any specific queries, it's best to contact the park directly:

  • Park Office: You can usually find contact information for the park office on the Ohio State Parks website.
  • Online: For additional details, visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' official website.

Remember that park conditions and rules can change due to various factors, such as weather and maintenance activities, so always verify information before planning your trip.

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