Kiser Lake State Park

4370 Kiser Lake Road, St. Paris, Ohio 43072
Marina & Campground Phone: (937) 362-3565
Reservations: (866) 644-6727

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The quiet and relaxing atmosphere of Kiser Lake State Park makes it a favorite Ohio getaway. 531 acres of rolling wooded hills and diverse wetlands add to the beauty of this scenic 396-acre lake known for its clean, clear waters.

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Nature Of The Area

The area surrounding Kiser Lake State Park is a gift of the ice age. Two natural phenomena caused by the glaciers helped shape the region into its present form. The gently, rolling wooded hills were caused by glacial deposits in the form of end moraines when the ice edge remained stationary for a period of time, creating a linear ridge along the ice front. One such moraine called the Farmersville surrounds the lake on three sides creating a hummocky elevation through the area. Moraine deposits contain boulders, some weighing many tons, carried from as far away as Canada. These boulders, called erratics, are a familiar sight at Kiser. Another geologic feature at Kiser Lake State Park is the kame field at the southeastern end of the lake. Kames are mounds of sand and gravel that are formed by meltwater flowing across glacial ice. The water deposits sediment into holes along the ice margin leaving behind hummocky mounds. The wetlands at Kiser are in the form of fen and wet meadow habitat. These areas were formed when blocks of ice broke away from the glacier and became covered by sand and gravel. As the climate warmed, the ice melted and left a depression filled with water surrounded by glacial deposits. These areas are filled with many intriguing plants including pitcher plant, sundew, tamarack and spruce.


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A family camping area with 115 non-electric sites is open all year. Picnic tables, fire rings, a trailer waste station and latrines are provided. A group camp is available on the south side of the lake for youth and adult organizations on a reservation basis. Two Rent-a-Camp units, consisting of a tent, dining fly, cooler, cook stove and other equipment, can be rented during the summer months by reservation.

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Scuba Diving, Swimming, Fishing, & Boating

Scuba Diving: Scuba diving is permitted in the lake except within the beach area. Divers must be accompanied by at least one person. Proper equipment and marking of the diving area are required.

Swimming: A 300-foot swimming beach is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Refreshments are available at the marina (open spring until October). Swimming is permitted during daylight hours only and only in designated areas. Please exercise caution while swimming at the beach. Pets are NOT permitted on swimming beaches.

Fishing: Kiser Lake offers good catches of largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie and wiper. Five fishing piers are located on the lake. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.

Boating: Sailing is popular at Kiser Lake as boats with motors are not permitted on the 396-acre lake. Four small launch areas and one boat ramp provide access. Rental boats are available at the marina, which is open seasonally.


Hunting of migratory game birds is permitted when in season. Deer hunting is permitted by lottery only. A valid Ohio hunting license is required. You can find out more information about getting a valid Ohio hunting and trapping license on Ohio's division of wildlife website: Pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code, no person shall at any time hunt, trap, kill, pursue, or shoot at any wildlife and/or wild animals by any means within 400 feet of any nature trail, picnic area, service area, residence, barn, parking lot, cabin, or other structure.

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Hiking Trails

Five hiking trails, a boardwalk, and a bridle trail are found at the park:
- Possum Hollow Trail - 0.7 mile - Easy
- Boardwalk - 0.6 mile - Easy
- North Bay Trail - 1.5 miles - Moderate
- Pine Tree Trail - 0.5 mile - Moderate
- Rabbit Run Trail - 0.6 mile - Moderate
- Red Oak Trail - 0.7 mile - Moderate
- The park also features 10 miles of bridle trail (Moderate).


Seven picnic areas with tables and grills are located in the park. Three shelterhouses may be reserved online or by calling (866) 644-6727.

History Of The Area

The Kiser Lake region in Champaign County was the home of Tecumseh, the great Shawnee warrior. He lived and hunted on Buck Creek near the site of present-day Urbana. It was also near here where Simon Kenton, the legendary frontiersman, was once held captive by the Shawnee. Kenton admired the Shawnee for choosing such a beautiful area in which to reside. He remembered the area well and returned later in his life. Around 1802, Kenton settled in Urbana for several years. His remains lie in Oakdale Cemetery, southeast of Urbana under an impressive monument. Kiser Lake was a dream of John W. Kiser and other members of his family. Their idea was to create a lake in the Mosquito Valley area which was low, swampy and dotted with numerous springs. In 1932, the Kiser family offered to the state of Ohio several hundred acres of the Mosquito Creek Valley. In 1939, a dam was constructed and the new lake was named Kiser becoming part of what is now Kiser Lake State Park. The lake is nearly 2.5 miles in length and has 5.3 miles of shoreline.

Other Area Attractions

Kiser Lake Wetlands Nature Preserve, located within the park, consists of two separate areas on the south side of the lake. These areas are remnants of a 300-acre fen known as Mosquito Lake Bog which was created by the last glacier invading Ohio. Access is by written permission only from the chief of the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. The Simon Kenton Historic Corridor, located between Piqua and Mechanicsburg, is popular among tourists. Attractions along the route include: the Piqua Historical Area, A.B. Graham Memorial Center (Founder of the 4-H Clubs) and the Simon Kenton gravesite. Natural wonders along the corridor include Cedar Bog and Ohio Caverns. The Air Force Museum can be visited in nearby Dayton.