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Rocky Fork Lake Fishing Area

Recreational Opportunities

The Division of Parks and Recreation operates and maintains parking lots, boat ramps and docks, concessions, a meeting facility, swimming beaches, picnic areas, hiking trails, and campgrounds. Campgrounds provide electric, non-electric, and full hook-up sites along with drinking water, flush toilets, shower facilities, trailer waste dump stations, and picnic tables. There are no horsepower restrictions for boats. Six boat launch ramps are located around the lake. Rental docks are available at the marina and there are designated areas for boat camping and swimming on the lake. 

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Rocky Fork Lake lies within Rocky Fork State Park in Highland County, approximately 5 miles east of Hillsboro, 25 miles west of Chillicothe, and 55 miles east of Cincinnati. The lake is accessible from U. S. Route 50 and State Routes 124, 506, and 753.


Rocky Fork Lake was impounded on Rocky Fork Creek in 1951. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Recreation, constructed this 1,992-acre lake for public recreation. The lake is in the Scioto River watershed and has a drainage area of 70,399 acres.

Rocky Fork Lake has a average depth of about 15 feet, with a maximum depth of about 40 feet. Prior to impoundment, the present lake bottom was mainly agricultural fields. Many tree stumps were left standing in the upper end of the lake during construction. Steep, rocky shorelines are present in some sections of the lower half of the lake. Since construction, the upper-third of the lake has become much shallower due to siltation.


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Phone Number

(937) 393-4284