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Punderson State Park

Located in northeast Ohio, 741-acre Punderson State Park with its 150-acre natural lake, resort manor house, family cabins, golf course and scenic campground, provides many recreational opportunities for visitors. Punderson is also Ohio's premier winter sports park. Sledding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are all at their best.

Lodge & Cabins

Punderson Manor Lodge & Conference Center

The Punderson Manor Lodge & Conference Center offers a warm, intimate atmosphere. The modern amenities of this historic manor house includes a full-service dining room, conference rooms plus indoor and outdoor pools.

Reserve a Lodge Room

The charming, old-world Manor house has 31 guest rooms located in the original manor and in an updated wing. The resort lodge offers a full-service dining room, meeting rooms and outdoor and indoor swimming pools. For reservations or more information, call (440) 564-9144.


Reserve a Cabin

26 cabins sleep six persons each Each has 2 bedrooms, bath with a shower, living room, complete kitchen, dining area and screened porch Pets are permitted in select cabins For reservations or more information, call (440) 564-9144.



Electric motors only are permitted on Punderson Lake. One launch ramp provides access to the lake and boat rentals are available at the marina concession.


The campground is situated on the site of a former Indian village and features both electric and full-service sites. Pets are permitted on all sites.

  • Water and sewer are not available during winter season (beginning Oct. 31)
  • Showerhouses, flush toilets, and dump station
  • Nature center
  • Camp office loans games to registered campers

See pictures of the campground, courtesy of the Friends of Punderson

Three group sites with 20-amp electric service accommodate up to 25 people. Reserve online or by calling (866) 644-6727. 

Disc Golf

Punderson has one of the best disc golf courses in the state. Open year-round, the course features the only island basket in the state park system. The disc golf course consists of 18 holes built by the Friends of Punderson State Park near the Musher's Trail.

No fee is charged to play, but bring your own equipment as rental equipment is not available.


Punderson Lake, as well as two smaller lakes, are open to fishing. Anglers enjoy catches of bluegill, largemouth bass, rainbow and brown trout, and catfish. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.


The championship-rated, 18-hole public golf course challenges even the expert golfer. Reservations are always advisable and are required for weekend play. The pro shop stocks all necessary merchandise and has a snack bar. Call the pro shop to reserve a tee time: (440) 564-5465

Punderson Manor Golf Course


Seven picnic facilities with tables, grills and drinking water are located in scenic areas of the park.


The park features a 600-foot public beach. Swimming is permitted in designated areas. Please exercise caution while swimming at the beach. Pets are NOT permitted on swimming beaches.


There are approximately 11 miles of trails included on the seven hiking trails and one multi-use at the park offers. Several trails are open to snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter:

  • Beach Trail - 1/2 Mile - Easy
  • Cayuga 2 Mile - Easy (Multi-use trail)
  • Whitetail Trail - 0.1 Mile - Easy
  • Erie Trail - 2.2 Miles - Moderate
  • Huron Trail - 1.3 Miles - Moderate
  • Iroquois Trail - 3/4 Mile - Moderate
  • Mohawk Trail - 1.1 Miles - Moderate
  • Mushers Trail - 1.2 Miles - Moderate

Winter Recreation

Situated in the heart of Ohio’s “snow belt,” Punderson provides many great winter activities, under the proper conditions. Lighted sledding hill with tow rope. Six miles of multi-use trails are available for cross-country skiing and dog sledding.

Three snowmobile trails offer access to the park for those with snowmobiles:

  • Beach Trail - 1/2 Mile - Easy
  • Erie Trail - 2.2 Miles - Moderate
  • Iroquois Trail - 3/4 Mile - Moderate

Two cross-country ski trails are available as weather permits:

  • Huron Trail - 1.3 Miles - Moderate
  • Mohawk Trail - 1.1 Miles - Moderate

Dog sleds are permitted on the Mushers Trail which is a moderate 1.2 miles.

More to Do

  • Volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoes and shuffleboard are found at the lodge.
  • A tennis court is located at the Chalet.
  • Playgrounds, volleyball and basketball courts are located in various day-use areas.
  • An archery range and practice area is located near the sledhill. Please bring your own equipment. Broadhead arrows are prohibited.
  • Bicycle rental is available in the campground.

History & Natural Features


Both the park and the lake take their names from Lemuel Punderson, a young enterprizing land agent who became Newbury Township's first permanent settler in 1808. Punderson constructed a small dam on the south side of the "big pond," as he called it, and used the outflowing water as the power source for a grist mill. The Punderson family developed a small estate on the edge of the sparkling blue lake, and their home became a popular gathering place for family and friends.

The area surrounding Punderson Lake developed into a quiet resort providing a get-away from the bustling Cleveland setting. Summer cottages and even a small hotel were built on the hills surrounding the lake. In 1929, construction began on the English-tudor manor house, but the facility was not completed until 1948. That year, the ODNR Division of Wildlife purchased the land and lake for hunting and fishing. In 1951, the area was transferred to the Division of Parks and Recreation for development as a state park. The manor house was completely remodeled and opened to the public on November 15, 1956. A structural renovation was completed in 1982.

Natural Features

Punderson State Park is located in the glaciated plateau region of Ohio. During the Ice Age, this area was buried under glacial ice. The last glacier to enter Ohio's boundaries, the Wisconsinan, receded about 14,000 years ago. Punderson Lake, one of Ohio's few natural lakes, owes its origin to this massive ice sheet. It is a kettle lake which was formed when a large block of ice broke off the glacier creating a depression which filled with meltwater. Punderson is the largest and deepest kettle lake in Ohio.

The aquatic environment of the lake combined with the surrounding woodlands provide Punderson a diverse array of natural wonders. The lake is home to a variety of shorebirds and waterfowl including great blue herons, Canada geese and wood ducks. Ohio's largest rodent, the beaver, can also be spotted around the lake. Great horned owls, white-tailed deer, opossum and raccoons can be found within the park boundaries.

In the park, the vegetation is as diverse as the animal population. Wild geranium, buttercup, blue-eyed grass and pennywort are just a few of the wildflowers that inhabit the area.


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Phone Number

(440) 564-2279



Available Trails