Deer Creek State Park
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Introduction

Located in the great till plains of Ohio, you’ll find Deer Creek State Park. This park is the perfect destination for any RV camper. You’ll instantly fall in love with the beautiful scenery and the abundant wildlife that you’ll find here. Look around you when you visit and you’ll find all kinds of reptiles, amphibians, and birds. And you’ll never believe that pretty plains like these were actually created by the leftover dirt deposits and the smoothing out of the land from glaciers that moved through here a long time ago.

Deer Creek State Park also holds a lot of historical significance. In fact, you can still see evidence that hunter and gatherer nomads dating all the way back to 2000 BC actually set up camp here. We know this because researchers and scientists can learn a lot from the burial sites that they have found on this land.

Fast forward many years to when the dam was built in 1968. This dam created a lake in the area, attracting people until they decided to open a park around it in 1974. Today you can still enjoy this wonderful lake. Go boating, swimming and fishing as you please. If those things aren’t really what you’re into, then have no worries because there’s more to explore. Discover the many trails here, play some golf, or come during the winter for some fun winter activities. There’s always something fun to do when you bring your RV to Deer Creek State Park.

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Transportation in Deer Creek State Park

Driving

Deer Creek State Park is easy to find in Sterling, Ohio, so you should have no problems getting there. Once inside the park, the roads are laid out very simply, and you should be able to get wherever you need to go with ease. There is no need to worry about running into any RV restrictions in this park.

Parking

You’ll find parking at the park office, the day use areas, and the trailheads. But if you’ve brought an RV, parking can sometimes be limited, especially during peak season and on weekends and holidays. You’ll find it easier to set up your RV at one of the campsites first before venturing out.

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Campgrounds and parking in Deer Creek State Park

Campsites in Deer Creek State Park

Reservations camping

The Campground at Deer Creek State Park

At Deer Creek State Park, there are a variety of places to park your RV camper for a night- or maybe even two or three. In fact, there are 232 RV camping sites in total, and each one of these sites offers electric hookups for your convenience. When you stay here, you’ll have access to nearby showers, flush toilets, and even a dump station. Great camping spots and amenities aren’t the only good things about this campground though. You’ll get to enjoy discovering all that there is here. Play some basketball, volleyball, mini golf, tetherball, horseshoes, or even just play on one of the two playgrounds. And if you don’t want to have to walk in order to make your way around different areas of the campground, then you can rent a bike at the camp office.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Cabin Camping

Cabin camping is a great option for if you want something a little nicer than camping, but not as extravagant as staying at the lodge. There are 25 cabins, and 2 camper cabins available by reservation. Both kinds of cabins can sleep up to 6 people. The regular cabins are going to be a little nicer with a few more amenities such as a full kitchen instead of the basic fridge and microwave. Whichever kind of cabin you choose, you’ll feel right at home.

Stay at the Lodge

The lodge features 110 guest rooms, and each one offers fantastic views of the lake. When you stay here, you’ll get to enjoy using the indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpool, and exercise room. They also have a restaurant, a lounge area, and meeting rooms that you can use. Staying at the lodge is a great option if you’re looking for a more luxurious stay at the park.

Seasonal activities in Deer Creek State Park

In-Season

Disc Golf

If regular golf isn’t really your thing, then maybe disc golf is. If you’ve never played before, that’s not a problem at all. In fact, there is even a practice hole for you to use so you can get the hang of it before starting. You’ll find the disc golf course near the campground, and you can rent the needed equipment for it at the campground store.

Golf

Near the lodge, you’ll find a 350 acre 18 hole golf course for you to enjoy. 10 ponds and 46 sand traps that make this course extra fun and challenging. Simply go alone for some peace and quiet, or bring the family along with you for a great opportunity to bond and spend quality time together.

Hiking

There are eight trails in the park that are for hiking, and they are all easy to moderate. The longest trail is the Rolling Hills Trail at one and a half miles long. The rest are under a mile long. If you’re looking for something a little bit longer, there are 17 miles of bridle trails that are also available.

Swimming

If you like to go swimming in the summertime - and who doesn’t? - you’ll have the perfect opportunity to do so on the 1,700 foot long swim beach available to you here at this park. Keep in mind though that there are no lifeguards on duty, so swim at your own risk and keep an eye on the kids.

Boating

Deer Creek State Park is the perfect place to come to if you’d like to take your boat out on a lake. There are two boat launch ramps that are conveniently located and easy to use. And all of your boating needs can easily be taken care of at the marina. They have fuel, and you can even rent boats and docks.

Off-Season

Picnicking

If you’re looking for a good spot to have a picnic, there are plenty of picnic areas around the lake. If you want a shelterhouse, there are some that can be reserved, or you can simply take one on a first-come, first-served basis. There are four that are first-come first-served, and five that can be reserved.

Snowmobiling

If you’re looking for a place to take your snowmobile out on some trials, then look no further. While the short little hiking trails that are open during peak season aren’t suitable for snowmobiling, the 17 miles of bridle trails are. Not only will you get to use your snowmobile, but you’ll get to see beautiful snowy scenery while out on the bridle trails.

Sledding

If ice skating isn’t thrilling enough for you, then maybe sledding down some slopes is. The till plains of Ohio will provide you with gentle hills all around you. There are plenty of sledding spots to choose from, and you’ll be able to find different levels of steepness that will appeal to everyone’s sledding preferences.

Ice Skating

Ice fishing isn’t the only thing that’s fun to do on the lake once it’s frozen over in the winter. Ice skating can be really exciting and a great activity for the family to do. Just make sure that the ice is thick enough so you can have fun safely. So strap on those skates and get out on the ice for a good time.

Ice Fishing

In the winter time when the lake has frozen over, it provides the perfect opportunity for those that like to go ice fishing. While the rest of the world seems asleep, the fish are not. Instead, they carry on with their lives under the surface, waiting for you to catch them.

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