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Ohio State Parks

USA Parks
Ohio
Southwest Ohio Region
Stonelick Lake State Park
Stonelick Lake State Park © Brad Michaelson
Stonelick Lake State Park © Brad Michaelson
Stonelick Lake State Park © Gene Shirk
Stonelick Lake State Park © Gene Shirk
Stonelick Lake State Park © Brad Michaelson
Stonelick Lake State Park © Gene Shirk
Stonelick Lake State Park © Gene Shirk
Stonelick Lake State Park © Brad Michaelson
STONELICK LAKE STATE PARK
STONELICK LAKE STATE PARK
2895 Lake Dr
Pleasant Plain, Ohio   45162-9639
(lat:39.2168 lon:-84.0779)

Phone: (866) 644-6727
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Tucked away in the rolling highlands of southwest Ohio, Stonelick State Park offer a quiet retreat for visitors. The still waters of the lake and stately woodlands provide the setting for a host of outdoor recreational pursuits.
Nature of the Area
By studying the bedrock layers in Ohio, we can find clues that reveal ancient seas, marshes or swamps covered all or portions of the state at various times in the past. Remains of plants and animals that lived in those waters littered the sea's floor and became entombed as lime precipitated to the bottom. Eventually, the lime and other sediments solidified into stone and uplifted forming dry land.

An arch formed in Ohio, during the time the Appalachian Mountains were formed, known as the Cincinnati Arch. This dome-like feature of uplifted bedrock passes through Stonelick. Several areas of the arch have been exposed from erosion uncovering some of the oldest rocks (350-500 million years old) in Ohio. The once entombed fossils are now exposed giving Stonelick one of the richest fossil records in the state. The rocks of the arch contain so many fossils of such diverse species that they have become very famous and have attracted people from all over the world since the early 1800s. Trilobite, brachiopods and cephalopods provide excellent finds for fossil hunters.

Another interesting feature of the Stonelick landscape is the significant stand of sweet gum trees. Normally, sweet gum is a subordinate tree but co-dominates the woodlands of Stonelick with beech and maple. Substantial colonies of dense flying star, purple fringeless orchid and Virginia mountain mint--all uncommon wildflowers in Ohio--can be found in the park.
History of the Area
Stonelick State Park lies within Clermont County, the eighth county established in the Northwest Territory. Settlement of the area began in 1798 when the towns of Bethel and Williamsburg were laid out. A considerable amount of the early settlers came from Kentucky, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Several clashes between the settlers and Indians occurred here as the area was situated between the Kentucky settlements south of the Ohio River and the Indian villages along the Little Miami River. Legendary frontiersmen, Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton, were among those involved in the conflicts.

The town of nearby Milford was the site of the first Methodist church in Ohio. Francis McCormick, a pioneer Methodist preacher, organized the church in his cabin.

Clermont County was a vital link in the Underground Railroad as it was just across the river from the "slave owning" states of Kentucky and Virginia. The position of Clermont on the border made it the first place of refuge for fleeing slaves. The county was also the birthplace of Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant at Point Pleasant on the Ohio.

Land acquisition for Stonelick State Park began in 1948. A dam across Stonelick Creek was completed in 1950. This beautiful park was originally created to provide a wildlife area for Ohio's sportsmen. Now the area is operated by the ODNR Division of Parks and Recreation and offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities.
Passes
Ohio does not have an annual pass and does not charge entrance fees to state parks.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres1,058
 Water, acres200
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles5
 Picnickingyes
 Swimming Beach, feet500
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating Limits-1
 Launch Ramps, #1
CampingPrimitive, #6
 Electric Sites, #109
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Camper Cabins, #1
WinterSleddingyes
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
 Ice Boatingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
Camping
There are 115 campsites, 109 with electricity, at Stonelick's main campground. The campground is equipped with showers, flush toilets, dump station and laundry facilities. Pet camping is permitted on designated sites. There is a camp store with items for sale.
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Swimming
A nice public beach provides enjoyment for swimmers and sunbathers on the lake's south shore.
Boating
Boats with electric motors only are permitted on Stonelick Lake. Two launch ramps provide access to the lake. Kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals are available.


Location
Stonelick Lake State Park is located near Amelia, Batavia and Cincinnati

Picnicking
Picnic areas complete with tables and grills are located at many secluded and well shaded areas around the park.
Trails
Over seven miles of hiking trails provide opportunities for exercise and nature study.
Area Attractions
The village of Point Pleasant on the Ohio River is the birthplace of President Ulysses S. Grant. Visitors can view the one-room cabin where the 18th President and Civil War general was born. The cabin is located at U.S. 52 and State Route 232.

Cowan Lake State Park, north of Stonelick, offers camping, cabins, boating, fishing, hiking and swimming opportunities.

Crooked Run State Nature Preserve is a river estuary that attracts a variety of rare or unusual birds including bald eagles, ospreys and great blue herons. Access can be obtained by written permit available from ODNR, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 20 Our go to place to camp for a few days by Ron from Cincinnati
Stonelick lake campground is one of my favorites anywhere around the Cincinnati area. Very well cared for, mowing and weedeating as well as flowers during the summer months. Showerhouse has been completely remodeled. The camphosts do a great job We just camped there this week for two days.
November 10 Well cared for campground by Ron from Cincinnati
We love to camp at Stonelick The friends of Stonelick do a great job.We appreciate the clean restrooms, all the flowers and hanging baskets, and the well groomed grass including weed eating.
July 14 CAMPING SITE 26- TURTLE HAVEN by Mills--2014
Went camping last weekend at site 26 which in on the lake it was the most beautiful site- with the perfect lake view, we got up in the morning and sat by the lake and watched all the turtles, there isnt much fishing there but catch a couple turtles. The site is very large, it was a quiet camping area. Shower houses were very clean and hot water.. was impressed with everything. One thing that was disappointing went to rent canoes and they only had 2 for the whole camping area, so they were all rented out -first come first serve, didnt like that part and kids were bummed.Fun time worth the money to have the lakeview.
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