Punderson State Park is located in northeast Ohio's, Newbury Township. Acclaimed for being Ohio’s premier winter sports park, it’s not very far from the cities of Aurora and Wickliffe. For some more added fun, include them on your motorhome camping trip to Punderson State Park. The park offers a range of outdoor recreation activities for visitors, so it’s a good idea to book an RV in Geauga County to cover the park and its surrounding towns that have many unique areas of interest. The park is also home to the 150-acre Punderson Lake, making it an ideal fishing and boating location. Enjoy the diverse vegetation of the park, including wild geranium, buttercup and blue-eyed grass that abound in the area. When it comes to wildlife, keep a lookout for white-tailed deer, opossum, beavers, and raccoons. The lake is home to plenty of great blue heron, Canada geese, and wood ducks.
Named after the Punderson family who were the first settlers in Newbury Township, they made an estate right by the lake, and it became a popular place for people to visit. The government then purchased the land, and the Punderson State Park came into being in 1951.
When you plan on RV camping at Punderson State Park, there are many recreational opportunities you can indulge in. Punderson Lake has a marina that offers canoes, kayaks, rowboats and electric motor boats for rent if you haven’t brought your own. Anglers can enjoy a good catch of catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, rainbow and brown trout in the lake’s waters. Remember to carry a valid Ohio fishing license. If you just want to splash around in the water, there’s a 600-feet long beach stretch with a playground and picnic area. The beach is unsupervised with no lifeguards on duty at any time, and swimming is allowed in designated areas during daylight hours only. Leave your furry friends behind at the campsite, as no pets are allowed in any of the swimming areas.
If you’re a hiker, make use of more than 10 miles of trails in the park, spread over seven trails that are open through the year. Try the Beach Trail, which is an easy half-mile trail. The Cayuga, two-mile trail, is easy too and can be used for biking. For a moderate hike, try the Eerie Trail at 2.2 miles or the Mushers Trail at 1.2 miles.
If you’re planning on camping at Punderson State Park in the winter months, the park provides great winter activities like sledding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, all subject to suitable weather conditions.
Camping at Punderson State Park
Park your RV rental at Punderson State Park and be in close proximity to the park’s facilities. There is a large campground with over 200 sites available with full hookups, 30 and 50 AMP electric service, tent camping, big rig access, a dump station, water, sewers, restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. The campground has a camp store for last-minute essentials. There's no shortage of space for the kids to run around and play either. Punderson State Park welcomes pets, but remember to keep them leashed and away from areas they’re not permitted in.
If you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Punderson State Park, drive to neighboring Aurora to Geauga Lakes Campground. There are about 250 sites with pull-thru facilities, full hookups, big rig access, 30 and 50 AMP electric service, water, and sewers. While there is no WiFi access, cell phone reception is pretty decent. Kids are welcome at the campsite and can splash around in the pool. Bring your furry friends too, and let them hang out.
Exploring the Area
Renting an RV is one of the best ways to explore the areas around Punderson State Park. The city of Aurora, located in Portage County, is just over 19 miles away, and an easy drive in your RV rental.
There are lots of entertaining things to do here, for people of all ages. Head to Geauga Lake’s Wildwater Kingdom for some unadulterated water fun. The activity pool is ideal for a game of basketball, or if it’s just good old sun that you yearn for then relax on the Lazy River. For the more adventurous, attempt a ride down the Thunder Falls.
To stretch your legs and get in a jog for your dog, try the Sunny Lake Park. It also offers boating, hiking and picnicking, or a game of basketball or volleyball. Nature lovers and bird watchers should try and make it to the Blanch Katherine Novak Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary and the Michael Lenore Molnar Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary that are home to more than 50 species of birds along with a variety of wildlife. The Aurora Wetlands have many walking trails to be explored.
Time your visit to one of the popular festivals organized by the city. Summer months see festivals scheduled at the Breezy Point Park, and if you happen to visit in the fall, visit the Sunny Lake Park for live musical performances.
For a casual picnic lunch, Sunny Lake Park is ideal. Or else, opt to eat at one of the local pubs and cafes that offer wholesome dining options.