By Joe Panfalone
If you want a nice quiet lake to do a little fishing with your pontoon boat or canoe, you would do well to check out Kiser Lake located on State Route 235 halfway between Piqua and Urbana, Ohio. Being spring fed, the water quality of this 385-acre lake is excellent and supports good numbers of largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie and saugeye. Boats with motors are not permitted on the lake, which make it ideal for fishing, canoeing and sailing. There are several boat ramps to launch your own, or boats can be rented at the two rental facilities.
The lake was constructed in 1939 when the Kiser family offered several hundred acres of Mosquito Valley to the state. This was a low, swampy area dotted with numerous springs. A dam was constructed and the newly formed lake and surrounding area became what we know today as Kiser Lake State Park. Fish structures have been sunk to provide habitat and are marked with buoys. Five fishing piers and reefs have been constructed to make it easy for the youngsters or fishermen without boats.
This lake provides great fishing opportunities as well as activities for the family. The park has:
· Four picnic areas with tables and grills. Shelters are available on first-come first-serve basis
· Four hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate.
· 600 feet of swim beach with a concession stand.
· 115 non-electric campsite sites open year-round
· Arts & Crafts activities for the kids.
· Outdoor theater
· The Air Force Museum, locate in Dayton
· The Simon Kenton Historic Corridor, located between Piqua and Mechanicsburg
· Piqua Historical Area
· Simon Kenton gravesite
· Cedar Bog
· Ohio Caverns
Resources for more information:
Kiser Lake State Park
P.O. Box 55
Rosewood, Ohio 43070
Office: (937) 362-3822
Marina: (937) 362-3565
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