Punderson State Park
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Introduction

Punderson State Park may be small at only 741 acres, but the memories that you’ll make here are huge. The lake that is located in the park is one of the few natural lakes in Ohio, and it totals 150 acres for you to enjoy.

Just like the park’s namesake, the lake was also named after Lemuel Punderson, the first permanent settler of the area in 1808. That’s right, this park sure does hold a lot of history. The family built a small estate on the land, and it became the perfect place for friend and family gatherings. It slowly shifted into a resort-like area, and soon it was bursting with all kinds of visitors looking to get away from their busy life in Cleveland. It grew and grew until in 1951, it was turned over for the development of the state park that it is today.

Now, you can come visit in your RV to experience it all for yourself, get a feel for all the history here and enjoy all the fun activities. In the summer, enjoy the lake, play some golf, and relax in all the lush nature. In the winter, get out in the glistening snow for skiing, sledding, and more. The possibilities are endless when you bring your RV to Punderson State Park.

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Transportation in Punderson State Park

Driving

There are no driving restrictions for RVs or any other vehicles at all in the park. All the roads are double-lane roads as well. Even if you decide to come RV camping in the winter time, the roads are taken care of for you, and you can get instructions and directions when you first enter the park. So there are no seasonal road closures either.

Parking

No matter how large your RV is, feel free to bring it along with you for all your adventures through the park. There is plenty of parking to choose from, even for your RV. You’ll find large parking lots near the Lodge, and many more parking areas by the marina and shoreline.

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Campgrounds and parking in Punderson State Park

Campsites in Punderson State Park

Reservations camping

The Campground at Punderson State Park

Believe it or not, the campground here at Punderson State Park resides where an Indian Village used to be long ago. Here is where you’ll find everything you need for the perfect RV camping vacation. There are 167 sites that offer 20 amp electricity, but if that’s not enough, there’s no need to worry. There are 20 full service sites that have 30 and 50 amp electric hookups, as well as water and electric hookups.

Not only will you have all of that, but you’ll also have access to a nearby dump station, shower houses, and flush toilets. Feel free to bring your pet along with you too. While you’re staying here, you can swing by to see what the Nature Center has to offer, and even borrow fun games from the Camp Office. You’ll have everything you’ll need and more when you come RV camping at Punderson State Park.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Shelter Camping

If you’re looking for a place large enough for a big group, there are two shelters available. The Marina Shelterhouse can hold up to 50 people, and the Chalet can accommodate up to 60 people. Both have restrooms near them, but the Chalet is available in the winter and has heat and electricity.

Stay at the Lodge

One of the options you’ll have when looking for ways to stay at the park overnight, is to stay in the historic manor house. In here, they have a full service dining room, conference rooms, and not one, but two pools - an indoor and an outdoor pool. There are only 31 guest rooms available, so if you want to guarantee your spot, you’ll need to make reservations ahead of time.

Stay in a Cabin

The cabins that you’ll find at Punderson State Park can comfortably sleep up to six people, making it perfect for any family vacation. There are 26 cabins to choose from, and each one has two bedrooms, a screened in porch, a full kitchen and dining area, and a bathroom with a shower. The cabins are nice, cozy, and comfy, and you can even bring your pet to stay with you.

Seasonal activities in Punderson State Park

In-Season

Golf

Disc golf isn’t all that’s at this park. The golf course here is 18 holes, open to the public, and even championship rated - that’s how good it is. Even the most professional golfer will find challenges at this golf course, so it’s great for everyone to participate in. It’s so popular though that you might want to make reservations.

Disc Golf

With one of the best disc golf courses in the state, Punderson State Park is the perfect place to play a round of disc golf. This 18-hole course was built near Musher’s Trail by Friends Of Punderson State Park, and has the only island basket in the whole state park system. The best part of all is that the disc golf course is open year-round.

Hiking

There are about 11 total miles of trails, seven miles of which are ideal for hikers. The shortest and easiest trail is Whitetail Trail at just .1 mile. The longest trail is Erie Trail at two miles long. This trail is still just a moderate difficulty though, so you won’t have to worry too much about exerting all of your energy on just one trail.

Swimming

Boating isn’t the only thing you can do at the lake. You can also get in the water and go for a swim. There is a 600 foot public beach that was made just for this purpose. The beach area is the perfect place to go if you’re looking to have some summer fun, so bring all your friends and family along with you when you come.

Boating

Punderson Lake is perfect for boating. There is one boat launch ramp for you to use, and you can also rent a boat from the marina concession if you’d prefer to do that instead of bringing your own. Be aware, though, that only electric motors are allowed on the lake.

Off-Season

Fishing

Fishing during the off season is a great way to get out and enjoy all of nature. Just make sure that weather conditions are right. The lake typically doesn’t fully freeze over, so it isn’t safe for ice fishing. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still plenty of fish to be caught.

Snowmobiling

There are three trails that are open for snowmobiling, and those are the Beach Trail, Erie Trail, and the Iroquois Trail. Both Erie and Iroquois Trails are a moderate difficulty level, but if you’re still new to snowmobiling, you might do better on the Beach Trail because it is an easy half mile trail.

Dog Sledding

Dog sledding is yet another popular winter activity that many people enjoy when they visit the park. six miles of multi use trails are also available for dog sledding, and Mushers Trail is the perfect location to do so. This trail is of moderate difficulty, and is just over one mile long.

Cross Country Skiing

In the winter time, many of the trails are open for cross country skiing. In fact, there are six miles of multi use trails that you can ski on. Two of the best trails for cross country skiing are Huron Trail and Mohawk Trail. They are both moderate trails and about the same length. Huron is just .2 miles longer, being one and a half miles long.

Sledding

There are plenty of areas in the park to go sledding at. Just choose a hill that seems like the most fun to you. There is also a lighted sledding hill with a tow rope to make things easier and give you a more enjoyable experience. So if you decide to visit during the snowy season, don’t forget to bring your sled with you.

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