Kiser Lake State Park
The quiet and relaxing atmosphere of Kiser Lake State Park makes it a favorite Ohio getaway. 531 acres of rolling wooded hills and diverse wetlands add to the beauty of this scenic 396-acre lake known for its clean, clear waters.
The Kiser Lake region in Champaign County was the home of Tecumseh, the great Shawnee warrior. He lived and hunted on Buck Creek near the site of present-day Urbana. It was also near here where Simon Kenton, the legendary frontiersman, was once held captive by the Shawnee. Kenton admired the Shawnee for choosing such a beautiful area in which to reside. He remembered the area well and returned later in his life. Around 1802, Kenton settled in Urbana for several years. His remains lie in Oakdale Cemetery, southeast of Urbana under an impressive monument.
Kiser Lake was a dream of John W. Kiser and other members of his family. Their idea was to create a lake in the Mosquito Valley area which was low, swampy and dotted with numerous springs. In 1932, the Kiser family offered to the state of Ohio several hundred acres of the Mosquito Creek Valley. In 1939, a dam was constructed and the new lake was named Kiser becoming part of what is now Kiser Lake State Park. The lake is nearly 2.5 miles in length and has 5.3 miles of shoreline.
We camped here over Labor Day weekend. We had never been here before. We are fans of lakeside camping, so this seemed perfect. We had site #69 which was right on the lake and was the last site on the lake, giving it a little more privacy. Once the campground filled uo, though it felt a little claustrophobic and there were a few instances of people walking onto our campsite to fish or just sit by the lake. That was uncomfortable. Our big adventure for this trip was kayaking with our kids and the marina was perfect. A large variety of boats (canoes, single kayaks, double kayaks) and the rental prices are fantastic. The lake is large enough for a several hour rental, clean enough to be enjoyable. Lots of people fished this weekend but we didn't catch anything. The bathrooms are just vault toilets, which were well kept but still kind of manky. The grounds were all clean, but tent and tarp did get covered with some sort of roach looking bug. We will likely visit this park again at some point.
Normally a great place to go fishing no motor boats of any kind row boats canoes and kayaks only all and sailboats
Robert Collard Jr.
Smaller state campground. The volunteers are very friendly and interactive with the campers with activities for the kids. No motors on the lake makes for a peaceful evenings to view beautiful sunsets across kiser lake from the campground.
This is a beautiful lake. No motors aloud, not even trolling motors.
Great campsites , restrooms not so good j