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Located just outside Sidney, OH, and less than an hour away from Dayton, OH, Lake Loramie State Park attracts outdoor enthusiasts all year round. This 407-acre state park centers around Lake Loramie. The lake was created in 1845 as a water reservoir. It was named after Peter Loramie, the French-Canadian trader who built a trading post near the Loramie Creek back in 1769. The area officially became a state park in 1949, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources maintains it.
Large glaciers that covered this part of the United States thousands of years ago shaped the terrain around Lake Loramie State Park. Wide grass plains, prairie, and farmland make the landscape of this state park quite exciting to hikers, birdwatchers, and outdoorsy people looking for their next adventure. When you want to experience Lake Loramie State Park on your next outdoor adventure, book an RV in Auglaize County.
Lake Loramie is undoubtedly the main feature of Lake Loramie State Park. The clear waters have healthy populations of bluegill, carp, largemouth bass, and crappie. Anglers may fish from a boat or stay on dry land and throw a line from one of four fishing piers. Swimming is also popular among Lake Loramie State Park campers, especially during summer, when the temperature of the water is pleasant. The lake has one large and well-maintained sandy beach. The beach is close to a picnic area and protected by shade. Keep in mind that you may only swim in designated areas for your own safety.
Hiking is a huge activity at Lake Loramie State Park. Five trails are available to visitors, and they are quite easy to conquer. Only one of them is a bit more challenging. The trails are more than eight miles long, providing the campers with stunning views of the lake and the nearby nature. The fun doesn’t end once winter rolls in. Instead, Lake Loramie State Park turns into a spot for winter recreation. Visitors may go snowshoeing or snowmobiling on the nearby trails. Additionally, they could also go ice skating on the lake if the ice is thick enough.
Lake Loramie State Park has a large campground with all the features required for a comfortable stay. Amenities include showers, toilets, picnic areas, miniature golf courses, and playgrounds. Free WiFi is available in the campground’s office. There is a total of 177 campsites that are large enough to accommodate long vehicles and RVs. Each campsite has a small patio and a picnic table.
Campers will have access to full hookups at 20 of those sites. Electric hookups are available at 142 sites. This campground may get crowded at the peak of the season, and it is recommended that you reserve your spot in advance. When you are ready to go camping at Lake Loramie State Park, contact the park’s office either via phone or online.
Located in western Ohio, Dayton is one of the most interesting cities in this part of the state. It is nicknamed the birthplace of aviation because Dayton is the hometown of the Wright brothers. Visitors who are motorhome camping in the area will notice that there are many museums and landmarks dedicated to flying. You could begin your tour at the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center. The center is located on South Williams Street, where the Wright Cycle Company once operated. Inside, visitors may learn more about the early lives of the Wright brothers and their rise to fame.
If you are more interested in modern aviation, make your next stop the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. It is the biggest military aviation museum in the United States, with more than 360 planes and missiles on display. What makes this museum special is the fact that the exhibits follow the development of military aviation chronologically. Not to forget that visitors may even enter a cockpit of a fighter jet, or explore a space shuttle. This museum is a real treat for anyone who wants to learn more about aeronautics. Moreover, visitors may also try astronaut food in the museum’s restaurant!
Speaking of food, Dayton has a great culinary scene. Tourists often eat in the downtown area because this part of the city has the most restaurants. You may choose between international cuisine and local specialties, depending on your mood. Should you need to refill the tank of your rental RV, you may do so at one of the gas stations within the city limits. Those of you who want to see more of Ohio while camping at Lake Loramie State Park, head east to Columbus, the capital of the state.