30443 Lake Logan Road, Logan, Ohio 43138
Park Office Phone: (740) 385-6842
One of the best fishing lakes in Ohio awaits sportsmen in Hocking County at Lake Logan State Park. The 400-acre lake sports northern pike, bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish and saugeye. Lake Logan is a 318-acre day-use park that provides scenic picnic areas and secluded walking paths to enjoy the wooded beauty of Ohio's hill country.
You can find more information about each of the following activities below.
Much time has passed since the region surrounding Lake Logan was first uplifted from the ancient sea that once covered most of Ohio. This unglaciated plateau in the southeastern part of the state is Ohio's oldest landscape as the glaciers never invaded the region. Lake Logan State Park lies in the Hocking Valley, formed by the Hocking River. The Hocking was a major outlet for glacial meltwaters. These waters deposited large amounts of outwash material, primarily sand and gravel, which strongly affected the type of biological communities present today. The forest surrounding Lake Logan is for the most part an oak-hickory association. White and black oak, tuliptree, shagbark and pignut hickory are the most dominant species. The forest floor is dotted with a variety of wildflowers such as fire pink, wintergreen, bluets and spring beauties. Ground cover plants include greenbriar, blueberry and numerous ferns and fungi. Lake Logan is home to the raccoon, opossum, skunk, red-backed salamander, gray squirrel, box turtle, white-tailed deer and wild turkey. Many birds frequent the area such as the turkey vulture, red-tailed hawk, barn owl, pileated woodpecker, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, wood thrush and scarlet tanager. Various species of waterfowl can be viewed during migration.
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Swimming: A 527-foot public swimming beach is located on the north shore of the lake on Lake Logan Road. Restrooms are available, but no other amenities are provided. Swimming is permitted in designated areas. Please exercise caution while swimming at the beach.
Fishing: The lake has abundant populations of bluegill, crappie, bass, muskie, catfish, northern pike and saugeye. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.Lake Logan Fishing Map
Boating: Boats with motors up to 10 horsepower are permitted on the 400-acre lake. A speed limit of 10 mph is enforced. Boat tie-ups can be rented at the park office. Two launch ramps provide access to the lake. Boat tie-ups for picnicking fishermen are conveniently located at four of the picnic areas in the park. Boat docks are also available for rental.
Fox, squirrel, raccoon, rabbit, deer, waterfowl, turkey and ruffed grouse may be hunted in season. 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: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/hunting-trapping-and-shooting-sports/hunting-trapping-regulations/licenses-and-permits. 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.Lake Logan State Park Hunting Map
Across Lake Logan Road from the beach, the one-mile Pine Vista Hiking Trail circles a hilltop, providing opportunities for nature study and wildlife observation. A 1.25-mile section of the Buckeye Trail runs through the northwest end of the park toward Hocking Hills State Forest A 1/2-mile loop hiking trail in the southwest area of the park winds through woodlands and lakeshore.
There are six picnic areas with large parking lots around the lake. Most areas have drinking water, grills and restrooms available. The picnic areas on the northwest and south shores of the lake have boat tie-ups for fishermen. Fires are permitted in grills only.
Lake Logan is located in Hocking County in southeastern Ohio. This territory once belonged to the Wyandot Indians, who had a large village known as Oldtown on the Hocking River, one mile above the city of Logan. Logan was established by Thomas Worthington in 1816 and named for the Mingo Chief, James John Logan, who was well known at first for his friendship with the whites and later for his bitter animosity toward them following the murder of his entire family by a frontier trapper named Greathouse. The Hocking River provided sufficient water power for the purpose of operating grist and sawmills particularly at the falls above Logan. The town of Logan was slow to progress until the opening of the Hocking Canal, a branch of the Ohio-Erie Canal, in 1838. Several industries prospered due to the rich mineral resources of the Hocking Valley. The discovery of immense quantities of coal led to the flourishing mining industry. Towns appeared and vanished as quickly as mines opened and closed. It was soon found that iron ore could be extracted from the sandstone bedrock of the area. At its height during the Civil War, Ohio was the leading producer of iron for implements and weapons. No less than forty-six furnaces were firing in Ohio's six-county Hanging Rock Iron Region. The clay soils of the Hocking Valley helped Ohio become a leader in clay products. The firebrick industry of the valley manufactured such products as clay tile, building and paving bricks and clay sewer pipe. Evidence of the industry can be seen in the many brick houses and abandoned kilns of the area. Clay is still an important industry in the region. Lake Logan was developed in 1955 for recreational purposes. The area was administered by the ODNR Division of Wildlife until 1964, when jurisdiction was transferred to the Division of Parks and Recreation. Originally known as Hocking Lake, it was re-named Lake Logan to reflect the Indian heritage of the area and to avoid confusion with nearby Hocking Hills State Park and Forest.
Hocking Hills State Park and Forest are located southwest of Lake Logan. Points of interest at Hocking are Old Man's Cave, Conkle's Hollow, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave and Rock House. The Hocking Hills Dining Lodge in the Old Man's Cave area is open from April 1 to November 30. A pool at the dining lodge is open to the public during the summer months. Cabins, camping areas and facilities for picnicking and hiking are also provided. Zaleski State Forest and Lake Hope State Park are south on State Route 278 off U.S. 33. Cabins, camping areas and facilities for fishing, hiking, boating and picnicking are provided. In Lancaster at 137 Main Street, is the Sherman House, the restored birthplace of General William T. Sherman and Senator John Sherman. The house is open to the public 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except Monday, June to October. An admission fee is charged. Climb aboard an old-time passenger train for a leisurely ride through the beautiful hills of the Hocking Valley. Two train rides depart weekends, rain or shine from Nelsonville. The depot is located at U.S. Route 33 and Hocking Parkway Drive. This service is available from Memorial Day through October, on Saturday and Sunday only. Rockbridge State Nature Preserve, north on U.S. 33, contains one of the largest of Ohio's natural rock bridges. Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve, 10 miles south on State Route 374, is one of the most picturesque valleys in Hocking Hills. Sheer cliffs of Black Hand Sandstone rise nearly 200 feet above the valley floor. Numerous waterfalls, hemlocks, Canada yew and yellow birch are unique features of the preserve.