West Branch State Park - Ravenna, OH - Ohio State Parks

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Location

Address
5570 Esworthy Rd
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Latitude
41.14
Longitude
-81.13
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Welcome to West Branch State Park
Located in Portage County, West Branch State Park's large 2,650-acre lake with its many forks and coves is extremely popular with fishermen, boaters and swimmers. Situated on the glaciated plateau of northeastern Ohio, the park's 5,379-acres of meadows and woodlots provide an excellent backdrop for camping, hiking and horseback riding. The West Branch area contains numerous bogs filled with buttonbush, alder, skunk cabbage and swamp white oak. Another natural feature of the park is the stand of beech-maple forest. These woodlands harbor a variety of plant and animal life.

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Amenities

Within Facility
Camping
29 full service sites
155 sites with 50-amp electric hook-up
14 non-electric sites
Pets are permitted at all sites
Heated showers, flush toilets, laundry facilities and a trailer dump station
Small beach and boat launch in campground. Some lakeside sites offer carry-in boating access.
Camp office loans games and sporting equipment to registered campers
A group camp is available for organizations of up to 50 people
Winter camping usually occurs from November into April each year. Please check the reservations page for details.

Equestrian Camp
9 non-electric sites with gravel pads
"Site General" only reservations are available
Each site has a picket line, picnic table & fire ring
Vault latrines, gray water station, manure pit are available
No potable water is available onsite at the equestrian camp. Potable water is available at the water/dump station in the main campground, or may be carried in. A tank of non-potable water is available.
Entrance gate at Copeland Road & Esworthy Road may be locked. If it is locked upon arrival call the park office at (330) 296-3239.
20 miles of bridle trails traverse woodlands and meadows, riders must provide their own horses
If reserving online, be sure to select the Horse Camp option under "Select Campground"

Boating
The 2,650-acre lake is designated for unlimited horsepower. A no-wake zone extends 300 feet from all shorelines. The entire area west of Rock Spring Road causeway is also a no-wake zone.
Boat rentals, gasoline and supplies are available at the marina.
Five launch ramps provide access to the lake, one within the campground. Dock are rented seasonally. Dock 9 is wheelchair accessible. A life jacket loaner board is found at the west boat ramp.
There are two boat swimming areas. They are located in Silver Creek Bay, southwest of the beach, and Jay Lake, across from the campground boat ramp.

Disc Golf
An 18-hole disc golf course is available near the beach and a 9-hole course can be found in the campground area. Discs and bags can be rented at the camp office with a $20 refundable deposit. There are concrete pads at each tee.

Fishing
Year-round fishing at West Branch offers large and smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie, bluegill, catfish and trophy-class muskellunge. Fishing access is available at three paved and two gravel launch areas as well as numerous shoreline access points. A wheelchair-accessible fishing pier is located by the marina. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.

Hunting
The park is open for hunting, in season, with small game, waterfowl and deer being most common.
The northeastern section of the park, bound on the west by Rock Spring Road and on the south by the lakeshore, is closed to hunting. This no-hunting area includes the park office, camp area, horse camp, picnic areas, beach, marina, dam and East Boat Ramp. A 400-foot no hunting/safety zone extends from all other developed facilities.
Hunting is limited to shotguns and primitive implements for most game.
Target shooting is prohibited. A valid Ohio hunting license is required.

Picnicking
Six picnic areas are situated in scenic locations around the lake. Six picnic shelters are available and four can be reserved (866) 644-6727.

Swimming
The park features a 700-foot sand beach. A beach house has restrooms with changing booths, a snack vending area and outside showers. Swimming is permitted during daylight hours only. Swim at your own risk. Pets are NOT allowed on swimming beaches.


Trails
The park features more than 14 miles of hiking trails. A portion of the state's Buckeye Trail passes through the park and is linked to the campground by a 2-mile spur trail. There are also 12 miles of mountain biking trails. Mountain biking is permitted on snowmobile trails and designated track trail. After leaving the parking area and riding up to cable line road there are six loops (some connected, some not) that provide approximately 12 miles of single and double-track.
Twenty miles of bridle trails traverse woodlands and meadows. Riders must provide their own horses.

Winter Recreation
Under the proper winter conditions, park guests can enjoy cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and ice boating. In addition, extensive snowmobile trails start at the west boat ramp.

More to Do
Playgrounds
Volleyball court
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