4889 N. St. Rt. 235
St. Paris, OH 43072
The quiet and relaxing atmosphere of Kiser Lake State Park makes it a
favorite Ohio getaway. The rolling wooded hills and diverse wetlands
add to the beauty of this scenic lake known for its clean, clear waters.
A family camping area with 114 non-electric sites is open all year.
Picnic tables, fire rings, a trailer waste station and latrines are
A group camp is available on the south side of the lake for youth and adult organizations on a reservation basis.
A camper cabin can be rented during the summer months by reservation.
Sailing is popular at Kiser Lake as boats with motors are not permitted
on the lake. A launch ramp and public docks are available. Boats can be
rented at two boat rentals within the park.
Fishing and Hunting
Kiser Lake offers good catches of largemouth bass, bluegill, channel
catfish, crappie and saugeye. Five fishing piers are located on the
lake. Hunting of migratory game birds is permitted when in season. A
valid Ohio hunting and/or fishing license is required.
Five hiking trails
are located within the park and provide 5.1 scenic miles of walking
pleasure. Red Oak and the Nature Preserve Boardwalk trails are located
near the family camp area at the east end of the lake. Pine Tree and
Possum Hollow trails can be reached from the group camp area. The North
Bay Trail follows the lake shoreline for 1.5 miles. Seven miles of
Bridle trails are located near State Route 235.
Eight picnic areas with
tables and grills are located in the park. A group picnic shelter may
be reserved, and an additional shelter is available on a first-come,
A 600-foot swimming beach is
open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A refreshment stand is near the
beach. Scuba diving is permitted except within the beach area. Divers
must be accompanied by at least one person. Proper equipment and
marking of the diving area are required.
More To Do
amenities are offered throughout the park, including a volleyball court
and playground at the campground, and a basketball court at the beach.
An additional playground and a horseshoe court are located at the
Nature of the Area
The area surrounding Kiser Lake State Park is a gift of the ice age.
Two natural phenomena caused by the glaciers helped shape the region
into its present form. The gently, rolling wooded hills were caused by
glacial deposits in the form of end moraines when the ice edge remained
stationary for a period of time, creating a linear ridge along the ice
front. One such moraine called the Farmersville surrounds the lake on
three sides creating a hummocky elevation through the area. Moraine
deposits contain boulders, some weighing many tons, carried from as far
away as Canada. These boulders, called erratics, are a familiar sight
at Kiser. Another geologic feature at Kiser Lake State Park is the kame
field at the southeastern end of the lake. Kames are mounds of sand and
gravel that are formed by meltwater flowing across glacial ice. The
water deposits sediment into holes along the ice margin leaving behind
The wetlands at Kiser are in the form of fen and wet meadow habitat.
These areas were formed when blocks of ice broke away from the glacier
and became covered by sand and gravel. As the climate warmed, the ice
melted and left a depression filled with water surrounded by glacial
deposits. These areas are filled with many intriguing plants including
pitcher plant, sundew, tamarack and spruce.
History of the Area
The Kiser Lake region in Champaign County was the home of Tecumseh, the
great Shawnee warrior. He lived and hunted on Buck Creek near the site
of present-day Urbana. It was also near here where Simon Kenton, the
legendary frontiersman, was once held captive by the Shawnee. Kenton
admired the Shawnee for choosing such a beautiful area in which to
reside. He remembered the area well and returned later in his life.
Around 1802, Kenton settled in Urbana for several years. His remains
lie in Oakdale Cemetery, southeast of Urbana under an impressive
Kiser Lake was a dream of John W. Kiser and other members of his
family. Their idea was to create a lake in the Mosquito Valley area
which was low, swampy and dotted with numerous springs. In 1932, the
Kiser family offered to the state of Ohio several hundred acres of the
Mosquito Creek Valley. In 1939, a dam was constructed and the new lake
was named Kiser becoming part of what is now Kiser Lake State Park. The
lake is nearly 2.5 miles in length and has 5.3 miles of shoreline.
Kiser Lake Wetlands Nature Preserve,
located within the park, consists of two separate areas on the south
side of the lake. These areas are remnants of a 300-acre fen known as
Mosquito Lake Bog which was created by the last glacier invading Ohio.
The Simon Kenton Historic Corridor, located between Piqua and
Mechanicsburg, is popular among tourists. Attractions along the route
include: the Piqua Historical Area,
A.B. Graham Memorial Center (Founder of the 4-H Clubs) and the Simon
Kenton gravesite. Natural wonders along the corridor include Cedar Bog and Ohio Caverns.
The Air Force Museum can be visited in nearby Dayton.
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