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Bridge at Lake Loramie State Park

Bridge at Lake Loramie State Park. Photo: Dph414, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Oaks, maples, and hickory trees surround the 1,655 acre lake inside Lake Loramie State Park, located just 60 miles north of Dayton. The large reservoir inside the park, Lake Loramie, was constructed during the early 1800s for the Miami & Erie Canal.

This picturesque public recreation area features a family campground and cabins, hiking trails, and lakeside activities. Guests have been enjoying boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and bird watching since this area became an Ohio state park in 1949.


Enjoy fun filled days and leisurely nights during your stay inside Lake Loramie State Park. In addition to the lake activities and trails the park also offers a Nature Center, Dog Park, 18 hole Disc Golf Course, boat and bicycle rentals, and 15 lakeside picnic areas with tables, grills, near drinking water and restrooms.

During the winter guests may enjoy sledding, ice skating, snowmobiling, ice boating, and ice fishing.

Here are some of the activities that you can do during your visit to Lake Loramie State Park:

Boating at Lake Loramie State Park

Enjoy a peaceful day paddling on Lake Loramie. Guests may bring their own water craft or rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard inside the park.

Water skis and tubing are not allowed but most other types of boats are permitted on this large lake. Six boat launch ramps, scattered along the lake’s shore provide guests with easy access and an adaptive launch for pontoon and paddle boats is also available. Docks and tie ups are available to lease.

The boat swim area is located along the northside of Blackberry Island

Swimming at Lake Loramie State Park

Swim from shore or boat inside Lake Loramie State Park. A 600 foot sandy beach area lies along the lakeside near picnic areas and a playground. The boat swimming area may be accessed along the north side of Blackberry Island.

Swimming is only allowed within designated areas and during daylight hours.

Hiking at Lake Loramie State Park

Lake Loramie State Park provides guests with more than 8 miles of hiking trails through the woodlands and along the peaceful lake. Guests may also enjoy using the fitness stations near the volleyball court at Earl’s Island.

Here are a couple of the trails at Lake Loramie State Park:

  • The Blackberry Island Trail – An easy 1 mile trail that leads across a footbridge and onto Blackberry Island. From this scenic path guests may see nesting bird species such as owls and woodpeckers.
  • Little Turtle Trace Trail – Easy 1 mile grassy trail that winds through the woodlands of oak, maple, beech, and hickory trees and along a picturesque creek. Benches are scattered throughout for guests to stop and observe the native flora and fauna.

Fishing at Lake Loramie State Park

Grab your angling gear and head over to Lake Loramie State Park. This serene park has 4 fishing piers, 2 are ADA accessible, where guests may catch channel catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie, carp, and bullheads.

Remember to pick up an Ohio fishing license before heading over.

Birding at Lake Loramie State Park

If you love birds you’ll enjoy taking a walk along the trail that leads out to Blackberry Island. From this trail you may get a glimpse of nesting owls or Red-headed Woodpeckers. You may also see Eastern Bluebirds, Canadian Geese, Mallards, Ring-billed Gulls, Belted Kingfishers, American Black Ducks, Northern Pintails, Gadwalls, American White Pelicans, Henslow’s Sparrows, and Trumpeter Swans.

Nature and Wildlife at Lake Loramie State Park

The area in and around Lake Loramie State Park contains rich soils from when this area was underwater millions of years ago. And many years ago, before this area was settled, lush beech forests thrived.

Today the area is covered with grassy plains, wildflower prairies, farmland, and small sections of woodlands. This beautiful area attracts many species of birds and white-tailed deer, fox squirrels, red foxes, raccoons, snakes, frogs, and turtles.

Pets at Lake Loramie State Park

Well behaved pets are welcome inside Lake Loramie State Park and a separate Dog Park allows them to run and play.

Otherwise pets should be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and are not allowed inside park buildings, including cabins.

Camping at Lake Loramie State Park

Spend the night nestled among the oaks and hickories in Lake Loramie State Park’s family campground or one of their Cedar Cabins. The park offers 42 Full hookup, 120 electric, and 15 non electric campsites, several with views of the lake. Showers, flush toilets, and a dump station are conveniently located nearby.

The rustic Cedar Cabins have one bedroom and a sofa bed and sleep up to 6 comfortably. Each cabin is air conditioned and comes with a microwave, refrigerator, toaster and coffee maker.

Park Location

Lake Loramie State Park
4401 Fort Loramie-Swanders Rd
Minster, OH 45865
Phone: 937.295.2011




Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Lake Loramie State Park: