Adams Lake State Park

14633 State Route 41
West Union, OH 45693


Located in Ohio's Bluegrass region, one of the state's most scenic and biologically interesting areas, Adams Lake State Park has much to offer the nature enthusiast. Remnant prairies and a quiet lake can be enjoyed in this small (50-acre) unique park.

This is a day-use park and it does not have overnight facilities. Nearby Shawnee State Park offers camping, cottages, and a lodge for travelers.


The Adams Lake region was once inhabited by prehistoric and mound building cultures, most notably the Adenas and Hopewell. Internationally renown Serpent Mound, the hallmark of the Adena culture (1000 B.C.-100 A.D.) remains a mystery in regard to its origin and purpose. The historical site can be found north of the park near Locust Grove off State Route 41.

The shorter-lived Hopewell culture (100 B.C.-600 A.D.) created Tremper Mound, located along State Route 104 in adjacent Scioto County. Here, effigy pipes which were fashioned in stylized images of native animals were discovered in great numbers.

In more recent history, the powerful Shawnee Nation controlled this area until trappers and traders seized upon its abundance of furbearers. Pioneers followed in vast numbers as the permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory continued. Adams County was one of the original four counties of this huge district.

Adams Lake was originally constructed to provide drinking water for the village of West Union.When an alternative county water system was developed, the state purchased the lake and surrounding land in 1950. The 95-acre park is now operated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Recreation.


First-come, first-served with self-registration cards posted at each site.
Primitive camping; 5 tent sites and 5 pull-in sites
Each site has a picnic table on a concrete pad, grill and fire ring.
Tent sites are on the grass; pull-in sites are gravel.
Latrine restrooms and potable water available nearby.



Only hand-powered craft and those with electric motors are permitted on the lake. One small launch ramp near the park entrance provides access to the 47-acre lake.


A non-electric campground with ten sites is available for no fee.


Anglers will enjoy nice catches of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, bullhead and carp. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.


Two waterfowl hunting blinds are issued each season on a lottery basis. A valid Ohio hunting license is required.


Four picnic areas with tables and restrooms are located throughout the park. All picnic areas are "Carry In Carry Out," no trash cans are provided. Please bring trash bags with you. One shelterhouse is reservable online or by calling 866-644-6727. Playground facilities are located in a few areas.


An accessible 3/4-mile walking path follows the southern shore of the lake.

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