Elkhorn Creek Campground – KY


Elkhorn Creek Campground – KY

Early summer each yearMINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA both The Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers and the Buckeye United Fly Fishers take a fishing camp out trip to the Elkhorn Creek in Frankfort, Kentucky and stay at the Elkhorn Creek Campground located right on the river.

Elkhorn Creek is one of the premier smallmouth streams in Kentucky. This feisty fish on light tackle or fly rod will give you a trill of your life.

During the heat of the day you can take a break from fishing and enjoy the amenities of the campground like a cool dip in the pool, a game of putt-putt, horseshoes, volleyball, shuffleboard, or basketball. Children can enjoy the large playground including swings, slides and other equipment located near the general store.  Hand-dipped ice cream is always a treat after a day of fun in the sun.

Tourist attractions are numerous with only a short drive from the park.  You can drive through horse farm country in Lexington, Versailles and Midway.  Antiques can be located in Georgetown, Midway and Frankfort.  A tour of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Plant is a short drive from the park.  Visiting the capital city is a great day trip.  You can see how laws are made for Kentucky or how bourbon is produced.  Genealogy can be studied at the State Library of Archives or at the Kentucky History Center. 

Kiser Lake

Kiser Lake

By Joe Panfalone

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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.

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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

Area attractions:

·         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:

Park Offices

Kiser Lake State Park
P.O. Box 55
Rosewood, Ohio 43070
Office: (937) 362-3822
Marina: (937) 362-3565

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