Pymatuning State Park
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Introduction

Pymatuning State Park in Ashtabula County, Ohio, is a must-visit for RV campers wanting to enjoy a relaxing lakeside experience. This 1,407-acre section of Pymatuning Lake is on land that was initially a very large swamp. The Native American Mound Builders first inhabited the area. Building a dam on the River was first proposed in 1911 and took three years to complete when the project began in 1931. Pymatuning Lake is one of the best muskellunge and walleye lakes in the country, and the park offers excellent boating, swimming, and camping opportunities year-round.
There are two hiking trails in the park that, combined, add up to a total of 1.5 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 Dam Trail.
The campground at Pymatuning State Park is very large, with 281 30-amp electrical hookup sites, 38 full-hookup sites, and 22 premium electric sites. The park can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet 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

Driving

Located 3.7-miles from the village of Andover, Pymatuning State Park has one main entrance on the Ohio side of the park. It is found on the western shore of the lake, along Pymatuning Lake Road. There is also a shelter entrance located off US-6 / OH-85 from the causeway bridge that accesses the main beach. There are several areas on the road to the park with a lower clearance level that RVers with larger rigs should be aware of.
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 in all three areas in the park. During summer the park is bustling, so it may be difficult to park close to the lake.

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Campgrounds and parking in Pymatuning State Park

Campsites in Pymatuning State Park

Reservations camping

Pymatuning State Park Campground

The Pymatuning State Park campground is spacious and has three main loops for year-round RV camping. Some of the sites have beautiful views over the lake. In total, there are 281 sites with 30-amp electrical hookups, 38 sites with full hookups, and 22 premium electric sites.
There are some great amenities available. For those who enjoy sports, there is a basketball court and volleyball court and a playground. Located throughout the camp are two dump stations, heated shower houses, toilet blocks, a camp store, fire rings and picnic tables, laundry facilities, and even a fish cleaning station! Campers can also make use of the small beach that is near the middle of the campground. You will be able to get phone reception on any network on the camping grounds, and there is even Wi-Fi available at the camp store! The campground is divided into three areas. Pets are welcome in most parts of area three and are not permitted in camp areas one and two.
Along the lakeshore, there are areas to picnic with grills and tables, these spots are often secluded and very scenic. Three picnic shelters are also available on a first-come-first-served basis. Reservations are a must at Pymatuning State Park due to the popularity of the park. You can 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, although specific sites can be rented for the entire season.

Meadville KOA

Situated in lovely, rural western Pennsylvania, with pretty ponds and shade trees, Meadville KOA features campsites with full hookups and cable TV and Wi-Fi. Lakefront sites are available, right on Wagon Lake, and the campground features a seasonal pool, fun playground for the kids, a jumping pillow, and on-site fishing. This family-friendly campground has themed weekends, free children’s crafts, a ceramics program, wagon rides, kiddie trains, and events. There are plenty of museums, natural sites, and amusement parks nearby to explore, so at Meadville KOA, the fun never ends.

Erie KOA

Enjoy fishing and water-based activities at Lake Erie or Presque Isle beach, or go on a winery tour when you stay in Mckean, Pennsylvania. Bring the whole family to the Erie KOA, where big rigs will find plenty of space in 100-foot pull-through sites with full hookups and up to 50-amp service. Make your stay even more pleasant at a premium and deluxe patio site, where campers are provided with glider seats and propane BBQs. Restock with on-site firewood and propane. Amenities include cable TV and internet, a pool, and a snack bar. Entertain kids with bike rentals, arcade games, and fun summer activities.

Andover / Pymatuning Lake KOA

Whether you are taking advantage of lake activities or touring local wineries in the region, Williamsfield, Ohio, has the perfect place to set up your base camp at Andover / Pymatuning Lake KOA. Less than five minutes from Pymatuning Lake and just a short drive from the shores of Lake Erie, you will have no trouble finding opportunities to water ski, swim, fish, or relax in the sand while basking in the summer sun. Pymatuning Deer Park also makes for a great day of family fun, especially with more than 250 animals and birds from around the world. The campground boasts access to fishing and pontoon boats, as well as a variety of on-site amenities, including a game room, basketball courts, and a large outdoor swimming pool. As one of the few KOA locations with a full-time activity director, there is almost always an organized activity to participate in. Pull-Through RV sites at Andover / Pymatuning Lake KOA are available and can accommodate rigs of up to 45 feet and feature full hookups. For your convenience, there is a snack bar, and both firewood and propane are sold at the campground.

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Alternative Camping

Pymatuning State Park also has 60 cottages. Twenty-seven of these are family cottages which can accommodate six people and are heated for use year-round. The remaining 33 standard cottages allow up to four people. These are only available from the beginning of May until the end of October. The cottages are all equipped with towels, linens, and eating and cooking utensils. Family cottages have been upgraded and have cable TV, microwave ovens, and gas fireplaces. There is a small beach available for use to guests staying at the cottages. Cottages can be reserved up to a year in advance.

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Seasonal activities in Pymatuning State Park

In-Season

Visiting the Pymatuning Spillway

If you have done everything you want to do on the Ohio side of the Pymatuning State Park, why not park on the other side of the lake in neighboring Pennslyvania? The Pennsylvania side of Pymatuning State Park is just as beautiful as the Ohio side, and it has several different activities available for guests to enjoy like the Pymatuning Spillway, which is famous for its ducks walking on fish. Every year numerous visitors stop and feed the ducks and carp with bread. The carp are usually so many in number that the ducks can stand on the carp to get their share of bread!

Swimming

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 is generally open from 8 AM to sunset from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Fishing

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 bass, 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.

Boating

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 or motorized boat, you will need to display a current Ohio boat registration sticker. State Docks are perfect for docking your boat and skipping the hassle of offloading your boat into the water every time you want to use it. You can reserve a dock up to six months in advance, but don't wait until the day you arrive; you will need to reserve one at least a day before you plan to dock your boat.

Off-Season

Winter Sports

Winter does not mean an end to outdoor activities at Pymatuning State Park. A variety of exciting activities like cross-country skiing, ice boating, ice fishing, and ice skating are on offer in the winter. RVers must bring their own equipment along to enjoy these activities. The one-mile Beaver Dam Trail is also open for skiing when enough snow has fallen. Bundle up and get your winter exercise the fun way—on skis! Before you head to the park, make sure the ice and snow conditions are conducive to your activity of choice.

Photography

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 colors that reflect off the water. The water will briefly look like it has changed color, 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.

Hiking

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 on both the Ohio as well as the Pennsylvania sections of the park and connects up to a waterfowl observation deck. On the observation deck, you can keep an eye out for basking turtles in the pond, dragonflies, and flycatchers.

Birdwatching

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 bird that people come to see 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 see 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 along their migration route.

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