Containing 1,407 acres of Pymatuning Lake, Pymatuning State Park in Ashtabula County, Ohio is a must visit for RV campers to enjoy a relaxing lakeside experience. The park is on land that was originally a very large swamp and the first inhabitants were the Native American Mound Builders. Building a dam on the River was first explored in 1911, the project started in 1931 and the project was completed in 1934. The lake is one of the country's finest walleye and muskellunge lakes in the country and it offers excellent camping, swimming and boating opportunities year round.
There are two trails for hiking in the park that combine for a total of one and a half miles. The ponds and marshes in the park are great areas to spot a beautiful bald eagle. Several eagles nest near the campground and along the reservoir. When the winter comes, park guests can enjoy ice boating, ice fishing and cross-country skiing on the Beaver Trail Dam.
The campground at Pymatuning State Park is very large with 281 30 amp electrical hookups, 38 full hook up sites and 22 premium electric sites. The park can accommodate RV's up to 40ft in length and peak season is the start of April through to the end of October.
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Transportation in Pymatuning State Park
Unlike the Pennsylvania side of Pymatuning State Park, the Ohio side only has one main entrance with facilities, so the driving directions are much easier. The entrance to the park is located along Pymatuning Lake Road on the western shore of Pymatuning Lake. There is also a shelter entrance located off Route 85 from the causeway bridge.
From Cleveland, follow I-90 East for around 30 miles. Take the 205 exit and then the OH-86 South to the US-6 East. Continue on US-6 East until you reach West Andover. Take Stanhope-Kelloggsville Road for two miles and turn onto Marvin Road. Turn left onto Pymatuning Lake Road South and the park will be on the left.
From Youngstown, take OH-711 North for around 30 miles until you reach exit 73. Take the US-322 East for seven miles and then exit onto OH-7 North. Take OH-7 North and turn right to Marvin road. Turn left onto Pymatuning Lake Road South and the park will be on the left.
Once you drive past the park office the campground is located around two miles south. The main swimming beach can be found to the north, adjacent to the causeway.
There is plenty of parking available at all three areas in the park, but during summer the park is very busy so you may have trouble getting parking close to the lake.
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Campsites in Pymatuning State Park
Pymatuning State Park Campground
The campground at Pymatuning State Park is a special one. Some of the sites have beautiful views over the lake and they are available year round for you to use. This is a particularly large campground that has three main loops for RV camping and another one further north that has cabins. It total there are 281 sites that have 30 amp electrical hookups, 38 with full hookups and 22 premium electric sites.
There are some great amenities available, with a basketball court, dump station, showers, toilet blocks, fish cleaning station, camp store, laundry facilities, fire rings and picnic tables located throughout the campgrounds. You will be able to get phone reception on any network in the camping grounds and there is even WiFi available at the camp store!
Reservations are a must at Pymatuning State Park due to the popularity of the park. You are able to book a site up to six months in advance and you can stay for up to 14 days during a 30-day period. After this period you can stay up to 21 days straight.
Seasonal activities in Pymatuning State Park
Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities to do at Pymatuning State Park. The main swimming spot is located south of the causeway and features a lovely 500-foot beach. There are some great facilities at the swimming beach, including showers, a changing house, two volleyball courts, vending machines and restrooms. Swimming is only allowed during daylight hours in the signed designated areas. The beach will generally be open 8 a.m. to sunset from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Pymatuning Lake is one of the best fishing lakes in all of Ohio. The lake is known for being one of the best in the country for walleye and muskellunge, but there are also other different species that you can catch in the lake. These include carp, crappie, perch, bluegill, largemouth and smallmouth bass. Fishing from a boat and the shore are both popular, but if you are fishing from the shore you will need an Ohio fishing license. Since the lake is located in both Ohio and Pennsylvania, if you are fishing from a boat either an Ohio or Pennsylvania license is acceptable anywhere on Pymatuning Lake.
Boaters rejoice! Both non-powered boats and powered boats with motors up to 10 horsepower are allowed on all areas of Pymatuning Lake. The lake is massive, so there will be enough room for you to feel like you are out in the middle of nowhere. There are multiple boat ramps on the Ohio side of the lake and you can rent boats from the Pymatuning Boat Livery, which is north of the campgrounds. If you are in a non-powered boat you need to display an Ohio boat registration. Motorized boats must display a current registration.
As you are probably aware, the birdwatching at the park centers around the lake and its surrounding trails. There will be opportunities to see all kinds of birds, but the most well known is the bald eagle. You will be able to spot these majestic birds soaring above the lake and nearby marshes. If you are lucky you may even seen them in their nests, which are located on the Ohio side of the park. During the year yellow warblers can also be seen darting along the trails and in the spring ducks, grebes, and tundra swans can be seen as they are migrating.
If you want to stick to land, hiking is a great activity to do when you visit Pymatuning State Park. There are two different trails that you can walk year round - the half-mile Whispering Pines Trail and the one-mile Beaver Dam Trail. The Beaver Dam Trail covers land in both the Ohio and the Pennsylvania sections of the park and connects up to a waterfowl observation deck. Here on the deck you can keep an eye out for basking turtles in the pond, dragonflies, and flycatchers.
The Pymatuning Lake is a stunning backdrop to shoot some gorgeous photos. The most popular photography occurs at the lake during sunset. As the sun sets over the lake the sky will be illuminated with mesmerizing pink, yellow and orange colours that reflect off the water. The water will briefly look like it has changed colour, turning it into a vibrant wonderland that turns out great when photographed. The banks of the lake are great spots to shoot some photos that you will always have to remind you of the beautiful time spent at Pymatuning State Park.