Good afternoon! We did a photo shoot this morning at Kiser Lake State Park outside of St. Paris, OH. Not nearly as cold out today as the past few days, so it wasn’t too bad. It felt so good to be outdoors and breathing in fresh (even though cold) air. It was absolutely beautiful here today!
Photography is something both Sydney and I have always been interested in. Sydney does more of it now than what I do. She took these beautiful, winter pictures that are posted here.
Kiser Lake State Park has 531 acres of rolling wooded hills and the lake is 396 acres. There is also some wetlands that are so beautiful here (hard to see in the winter, but take my word for it the wetlands are so pretty in the spring, summer and fall). The wetlands contain many plants which include sundew, tamarack, pitcher plant, and spruce. The wetland areas were formed when ice blocks broke away from the glacier, during the ice age, and the blocks became covered by sand and gravel. The ice melted as the climate warmed and this left a depression that was filled with water and surrounded by glacial deposits.
The most popular activities here are fishing, camping, hiking, swimming, and boating. Boats with motors are not permitted on the lake, so you mainly see rowboats, canoes, and sailboats. Makes it a very peaceful and inviting environment! Great to come for a romantic picnic or to read and enjoy nature.
The thing I always find amazing is how quiet it is out when you are doing winter photography, especially when you are out in the rural areas. It is so peaceful and tranquil. Typically, you don’t run into very many people in the winter so it adds to the beauty of nature.
There are 5 hiking trails at Kiser Lake State Park. They range from easy to moderate in difficulty and 0.5 mile to the longest one being 1.5 miles. There is also a bridle trail that is 10 miles long and falls in the moderate category of difficulty. The bridle trail is a favorite among the locals.
During the winter you will find families sledding or cross-country skiing. During times of deep cold and freezing temperatures you will find people ice skating, ice fishing, and ice boating on the lake!
Summertime finds families at the campground. Sites 31-38 are walk-in sites, 52-61 are electric, and all other camp sites are non-electric. There is a beach that spans 300 feet and is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. You can get snacks and drinks at the marina. The marina also has boat rentals.
The campground also features a nature center, amphitheater, playground, volleyball area, and restrooms. There is also an artesian well, hand pump well, and a dumpstation (pretty necessary things, but not so awesome to talk about!).
Kiser Lake was founded by John W Kiser. In 1932, the Kiser Family gave the state of Ohio several hundred acres. In 1939 a damn was constructed and formed what is now known as Kiser Lake State Park. The lake is almost 2.5 miles in length and has a shoreline of 5.3 miles.
During the ice age two natural glaciers helped shape the region into what it is today. When the ice age remained stationary, for a long period of time, glacial deposits, in the form of end moraines, caused the rolling, wooded hills. Farmersville surrounds the lake on three sides and is one of these moraines. It has a hummocky elevation through the area. Moraine deposits contain boulders and some weigh many tons! These boulders, known as erratics, can be found at Kiser Lake State Park.
The second geological feature at Kiser Lake State Park, that was caused from the ice age, is the kame field at the southeastern end of the lake. Kames are mounds of gravel and sand that were formed by meltwater flowing across the glacial ice. Hummock mounds form when water deposits sediment into holes along the ice margin.
The address for Kiser Lake State Park is 4370 Kiser Lake Rd, St. Paris, OH 43072. If you would be interested in camping or renting a boat the number to call for reservations is 866-644-6727. For general marina and campground questions you can call 937-362-3565.
Our favorite things to do at Kiser Lake State Park is to do photography shoots (bet you didn’t see that one coming) and to hike on the trails. Especially nice when we are looking for a quick and easy hike that is close to home.
Hope you guys get a chance to visit here and see all that Kiser Lake State Park has to offer!