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West Union - Adams Lake State Park

14633 State Route 41

Located in Ohio's Bluegrass region, one of the state's most scenic and biologically interesting areas, Adams Lake State Park has much to offer the nature enthusiast. Remnant prairies and a quiet lake can be enjoyed in this small (50-acre) unique park.

This is a day-use park and it does not have overnight facilities. Nearby Shawnee State Park offers camping, cottages, and a lodge for travelers.


The Adams Lake region was once inhabited by prehistoric and mound building cultures, most notably the Adenas and Hopewell. Internationally renown Serpent Mound, the hallmark of the Adena culture (1000 B.C.-100 A.D.) remains a mystery in regard to its origin and purpose. The historical site can be found north of the park near Locust Grove off State Route 41.

The shorter-lived Hopewell culture (100 B.C.-600 A.D.) created Tremper Mound, located along State Route 104 in adjacent Scioto County. Here, effigy pipes which were fashioned in stylized images of native animals were discovered in great numbers.

In more recent history, the powerful Shawnee Nation controlled this area until trappers and traders seized upon its abundance of furbearers. Pioneers followed in vast numbers as the permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory continued. Adams County was one of the original four counties of this huge district.

Adams Lake was originally constructed to provide drinking water for the village of West Union.When an alternative county water system was developed, the state purchased the lake and surrounding land in 1950. The 95-acre park is now operated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation.


John Brockhoeft

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
Good fishing and a nice place to take a walk for exercise. There is a little loop nature trail that is easy and has plaques posted here and there explaining details of nature (flora and fauna, etc.) There is also a 1.12 mile loop trail completely paved and mostly level, much of it shaded. It has a ramp to launch small boats with electric motors or human powered only. Has lots of parking, canopied picnic areas, and playground equipment. At certain times of the year it is befouled by large flocks of geese and ducks, watch your step. No gift shop or refreshment stand, but there are carryout stores nearby in West Union.

Casey Kirker

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
Very well taken care of place. public pavilions. And grills "charcoal" nice walking path black top and a hiking path short but very nice park. Play area for kids great place to see and enjoy the outdoors with your family.

Jessica Miranda

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
There's only one small playing area for kids, but a decent little walking path and fishing. So it depends on why you go.

Richard McFarland

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017
Love it but it's overrun by large bass boats. While they do use trolling motors they still over fish the lake. I have seen fisherman on these boats keep every bass regardless of size. I have counted over 20 bass kept by one fisherman. SHAMELESS! This happens often. Because of this it is rare to catch bass over a pound or two. And the crappie population is small. Crappie of any decent size is non existent. This lake is very small. Canoes, kayaks and inflatables should be the only boats aloud. The fishing dock needs to be much bigger and the staff needs to be regularly seen. I go often and rarely see them. The game warden needs to visit often and if they allow big bass boats they need to be checked. No respect for fishing.

dean mcgraw

Monday, March 12, 2018
Really like going down here to exercise walking all the trails but the trails are getting in disrepair could use some work on them

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