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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.


Anthony West

Saturday, June 23, 2018
For a small state park, Adams Lake is well cared for. Lots of wildlife, good fishing, easy access to most of the lake shoreline. New imrovements have been camping spots and an easy launch for canoes and kayaks. Nice paved walking path follows the lake and a hiking trail is also available. Lots of picnic areas and a shelter house is available.

Marcel Kys

Thursday, May 17, 2018
The walking paths are probably one of the best ones in the area, especially for the water view. There's a shelter house, a small playground, 2 different roads to access the lake from for fishing or just hanging out, picnic tables, grills, and a boat ramp. It's always been a clean park whenever I go, and you don't get harassed by the ducks or geese for food, because they aren't friendly enough and don't associate humans with food. The bass fishing is really nice here thanks to the lilypads.

Erick Kropf

Thursday, June 28, 2018
It's a nice walk along the lakefront. Much of it is even in the shade. The trail is paved.

Emily TheCountryCook

Thursday, May 3, 2018
This is a great park to spend the afternoon or evening. Easy hiking, beautiful scenery, walking path, fishing, playground and picnics areas. I take my boys here several times a year!

Victoria Esquivel

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Lovely lake, good location. Bathrooms are porta potties that are not clean. Grounds ok. Not much public participation .

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