Enhanced by the clear blue waters of multiple sprawling lakes, scattered woodlands, beautiful meadows and steep ravines, Caesar Creek State Park offers some of the best experiences for RV lovers in the midwest of America. Located in south-west Ohio, the 3,741-acre park features loads of outdoor recreation opportunities, including boating, hiking, camping and fishing.
The park is leased by the State from the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, who in the 1970s built a dam on Caesar Creek to form a 2,830-acre lake. Known as Caesar Creek Lake, construction started in 1971 and was finished in 1978. The park's facilities include 40 miles of hiking trails, 30 miles of bridle trails, a nature center, pioneer village and archery range. Boating is a very popular pastime at the park, with the lake featuring a marina that has over 100 slips and no horsepower restrictions.
The campground at Caesar Creek State Park is very spacious, with very large sites available to suit most RV campers. Camping is available all year round with some sites offering reservations and others being available on a first come, first served basis. Peak season at Caesar Creek State Park runs from the beginning of April to the end of October.
RV Rentals in Caesar Creek State Park
Transportation in Caesar Creek State Park
Take I-71 until you see the State Route 73 East. Take this for for a short distance to State Route 380 North. Follow State Route 380 North to Center Road. Turn Left on Center Road. The Day Lodge is located off Clarksville Road. Clarksville Road is located off of State Route 73 East/West or off of Oregonia Road. Follow Clarksville Road to Middletown Road. There is a large sign at the intersection of Middletown and Clarksville Road leading you to the Day Lodge. Once you reach the day lodge you have made it to the park.
From the north, take State Route 42 southbound until you go past the town of Waynesville. Turn onto State Route 73 and continue on the road until you reach the park. Turn left and then you will arrive at the park office.
If you are coming from Lebanon, take US 42 North for eight miles. Turn right on State Route 73 East and then continue until you reach the park. Take the left inside the park and you will make it to the park office.
During the summertime expect the park to be quite busy and parking could be hard. This is especially true for parking near the marina as it will be busy with people loading and unloading boats.
Campgrounds and parking in Caesar Creek State Park
Campsites in Caesar Creek State Park
Caesar Creek State Park Campgrounds
The campground at Caesar Creek State Park is huge! With over 200 sites and seven loops, the sites are very large, flat and will suit most RV campers. 209 sites have 30 amp electric hookup, whilst 18 are completely full service with water and 50 amp electricity available. Even if your site doesn't have water there are water spigots readily available throughout the campground so you can run a hose and refill your fresh water tank. There are lots of shady sites with tall trees blocking out the sun, which will help you stay cool if you are camping during summer.
Some of the facilities at the campground include showers, a toilet block, dump station and picnic area. The campground is a mix between reservation sites and others being available on a first come, first served basis. If you need extra supplies the town of Waynesville is a short drive away and it will have everything you need.
Seasonal activities in Caesar Creek State Park
Boating in Caesar Creek State Park is fantastic due to the proximity of the lake. There are multiple launch ramps that are situated around the lake that you can use - including Haines Boat Ramp, North Pool Boat Ramp, Furnas Shores, Wellman Boat Ramp and the Campground Boat Ramp.
There is an unlimited horsepower designation, meaning any size motor is allowed within the lake. Also at the park is a brand new marina that has 112 Seasonal Slips and 10 Transient Slips.
Caesar Creek State Park features a ginormous 1,300-foot public beach, which means you will have plenty of room escape any summer crowds. Changing booths are available at the beach and swimming is permitted during daylight hours only. There are no trash cans at this beach and if you are travelling with pets leave them at the campsite as they are not permitted on the beach.
If you want to go swim at a smaller beach there is one located at the Campground for registered campers only.
If you like to get out the bow and arrow you are in luck! Caesar Creek State Park has an archery range, which is located next to the Day Lodge Group Camp. The target sizes at the range vary between 10, 20, 30, and 40 yard distances. Past the target size section there are also multiple lanes set up down the trail for you to shoot down. If you want to take on the range please note that no equipment is provided so you must bring your own.
Caesar Creek State Park has several miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and also horseback riding. Hiking is allowed on all the trails in the park but mountain bikers and horseback riders must stick to their designated trails. If you want a short hike, we recommend the Gorge Loop Trail. At one mile long it won't take all day. The trail is located below the dam, down in the gorge.
For the more adventurous, try take on the Perimeter Loop Trail. At 12 miles, it is quite the long hike but it will be worth it as you walk around all of the lake, taking in all the sights and animals as you do so. You can access this hike at multiple points along the southern part of the lake.
Fishing in the lake is another popular way to spend days at Caesar Creek State Park. There are many different places to fish in the lake and some of the areas include small and large coves, standing trees, and stump areas. The average lake depth ranges from twenty feet at the north end of the lake to over 100 feet on the south end near the dam. If you don't have a boat, there are numerous places to fish from the shore. There is also a great area for the young anglers, so visit the Caesar Creek Young Angler's Pond if you are with a kid who is under 16 years of age.
Some of the most common fish found include large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, flathead catfish and carp. Saugeye and Muskellunge are stocked annually. All anglers must have a valid Ohio fishing license to fish in the lake.
The Nature Center at Caesar Creek State Park is a great way to find out more information about the park and south-west Ohio. The center is full of hands-on opportunities for people of all ages, and among other things it offers up close and personal experiences with some of the native wildlife.
Special events are scheduled throughout the year, so make sure you check the website before you stay to see if there is anything going on that is interesting for you. Some of these events include fitness hikes, water activities, special camping weekends and fun holiday events. During the winter be aware that the Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1 to 4PM.