(Last Updated On: February 1, 2023)
Lily pads floating on the water at Pymatuning State Park

Lily pads floating on the water at Pymatuning State Park. Photo: Christopher "Rice" from Pittsburgh, PA, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Pymatuning State Park lies on the Ohio side of the Pymatuning Reservoir near Andover, just 70 miles east of Cleveland. Nestled in the woods, the park features trails, a campground, cabins, a Nature Center, an archery range, boat launches and docks.

The 14,000 acre lake, shared on one side with Pennsylvania, is considered a very popular vacation spot, providing guests with opportunities to boat, fish, swim, hike, camp, bird watch, picnic, and more.


After you spend a few days (and nights) inside this peaceful park you’ll understand why it’s loved by so many. Wander along the serene nature trails; have a snack at one of the shaded picnic areas, complete with tables, grills and restrooms; and learn more about native flora and fauna inside the Nature Center.

And if you’ll be visiting during the off season… Since the park is located along Northeastern Ohio’s “snow belt” lots of winter activities are available, including cross-country skiing, ice fishing, ice boating and snowmobiling

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

Boating at Pymatuning State Park

Spend a relaxing day out on the lake inside Pymatuning State Park. The park sits on the Ohio side of the 14,000 acre reservoir that also borders Pennsylvania. Boat launches, concessions with boat rentals, and picnic areas with tables, grills and restrooms are located throughout the park and around the lake. And 360 docks are available for guests to rent seasonally.

Swimming at Pymatuning State Park

Pymatuning State Park features a 500-foot beach area for guests to swim, float, sunbathe and picnic. This day use area also includes restrooms, showers, changing rooms and 2 volleyball courts.

Hiking at Pymatuning State Park

Take a walk through the woods, get a glimpse of native wildlife and enjoy breathtaking views of the lake.

Here are a couple of the trails at Pymatuning State Park:

  • Padanaram Trail – An easy 0.9 mile trail that winds through the woods, along a former primitive camping area and out to the lake.
  • Whispering Pine Trail – Easy 0.7 mile trail that leads through a heavily wooded area and offers beautiful views of the lake and native flora and fauna.

Archery at Pymatuning State Park

Pymatuning State Park features an updated archery range with 48” x 48” field point targets with distances of 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards. The range is located north of the campground between Poplar Grove picnic area and Birches Landing boat ramp.

Fishing at Pymatuning State Park

Pymatuning State Park offers one of the best inland fishing lakes in the state. Here you can catch walleye, white and black bass, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill, and yellow perch. You’ll need an Ohio fishing license if you plan to fish along the shoreline inside the park. Otherwise, either an Ohio or a Pennsylvania fishing license is required for boat fishing.

Hunting at Pymatuning State Park

Hunting, including trapping, gun and bow, is available seasonally inside Pymatuning State Park. Check in with the park office for rules, regulations and hunting season dates. And then pick up an Ohio hunting license before heading into the park.

Birding at Pymatuning State Park

Bring your binoculars, camera and bird list and quietly wander throughout the park. As you pass ponds, marshes, the lake, and the woodlands you will see (or hear) many species of birds, such as woodpeckers, sparrows, warblers, owls, terns, gulls, osprey, herons, egrets, and vireos.

With your bird checklist handy see if you may discover a Bald Eagle, Canadian Goose, Red-breasted Merganser, Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Ruffed Grouse, Mourning Dove, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Sandhill Crane, American White Pelican, Least Sandpiper, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Eastern Kingbird, Blue Jay, American Goldfinch, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Waterthrush, Eastern Meadowlark, Baltimore Oriole, Red-winged Blackbird, Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, or a Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Nature and Wildlife at Pymatuning State Park

While exploring trails, relaxing near the lake or camping you will be sure to see many signs of wildlife. If you are quiet you may notice frogs, chipmunks, squirrels, white-tailed deer, turtles, foxes, raccoons, coyotes and many types of birds.

Pets at Pymatuning State Park

Pets are allowed at Pymatuning State Park but must stay within designated areas on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Camping at Pymatuning State Park

Planning to visit beautiful Pymatuning State Park for a few days? Bring your tent, camper or RV and stay in the family campground located near the lake.

Campsites include full hookup, electric and non -electric. Restrooms, hot showers, laundry facilities, a camp store, small beach area, picnic pavilion, playground, and basketball and volleyball courts are located within the camping area.

Or maybe you would rather reserve one of the park’s rustic cabins. All cabins (whether you choose preferred, standard or basic) sleep either 4 or 6 and are fully furnished. In addition to bedrooms, each cabin has a kitchen, living room, and bathroom and comes with eating utensils, linens, and cable tv. A picnic table, grill and a fire ring are also included at each cabin.

Basic style cabins are only available seasonally (May 1 through November 1). A small beach area is available for cabin guests.

Park Location

Pymatuning State Park
6100 Pymatuning Lake Rd
Andover, OH 44003
Phone: 440.261.4551

Park Website



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