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3XP is Buckeye Lakes’ original bike, boat, and brew tour. Enjoy a scenic bike ride and kayak tour with stops at the most famous restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries around Buckeye Lake. Choose from the Buckeye Lake East Tour or the Buckeye Lake West Tour– each with unique stops and varying experiences. Click here to learn more about each tour.
Millersport, OH 43046
The 3,100-acre Buckeye Lake is designated as an unlimited horsepower lake, but pontoons, sailboats, canoes, and rowboats are also common. Nine launch ramps provide access to the lake and seasonal docks are available through a lottery system at Fairfield Beach. Contact the park office for more details. Local marinas offer fuel and other items for sale. Two boat/swim/camp areas are also available at Lieb’s Island and east of Cranberry Bog.
Buckeye Lake Boat Rental offers all the equipment you need to have fun at the lake! Choose from pontoon boats, 1- and 2-person kayaks for touring or for fishing, stand up paddle boards, open and closed reel fishing poles, and more.
Would you love to try kayaking, but don’t have the equipment? No worries – Buckeye Lake Kayaking is here for you. They have standard 10’ kayaks, specialized fishing models, and 2 person tandems. They supply everything you’ll need to have a fun and safe experience on beautiful Buckeye Lake.
The largest family owned and operated marina and boat dealer in central Ohio is located in Millersport on the southern shore of Buckeye Lake. Their inventory is full of new and pre owned boats. They are also a full service marina and can handle your boat’s winterization, storage, cleaning, and service needs.
After years as summer residents, Captain Buck and his 1st mate Julie have been proud to call Buckeye Lake their home since 2006. As passionate boaters, their friends and family knew that no visit to the lake would be complete without exploring the shores and seeing the sites of Ohio’s first state park aboard Captain Buck’s pontoon boat. Now you can enjoy that same experience and see Buckeye Lake the way it was meant to be seen – from the water!
Anglers enjoy fine catches of perch, bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bullhead catfish. Fishing access includes an accessible fishing pier on Mud Island. Limited parking is available.
A valid Ohio fishing license is required for those who are 16 and older.
Find the lake fishing map here.
Thornville, Ohio 43076
Freedom Watersports is a boat rental company based at the North East Harbor Marina at Buckeye Lake! Currently offering 22′ pontoon and 20′ pontoon, book your rental and spend a day on the lake. Call 740-739-7992 to book or learn more info.
Cruise around Buckeye Lake State Park by land or lake! Got Buckeye Lake delivers boats and/or golf carts right to you. Check out their inventory and book your next ride on their website or by phone (740-704-7516).
Stop by for kayak & paddleboard rentals, bike rentals, fishing poles, fishing/hunting licenses, tackle, live bait, camping, boating, and lake gear. Call for more information on delivering your equipment to your short-term rental.
This bait store offers fishing supplies, live bait, tackle, used boat motors, marine supplies, and more. Next door at the drive-thru and deli, you’ll find a variety of convenience items, groceries, beer, and a nice selection of wines. In the deli, choose from a selection of pizzas, subs, lunch meats and cheeses, rib or chicken dinners, and more.
Ohio Fun Excursions provides pontoon rentals, kayak rentals, and water taxi services (dock-to-dock) for the Buckeye Lake area. Ohio Fun Excursions also offers guided and non-guided kayak tours as well as captained and non-captained pontoon rentals.
Thornville, Ohio 43076
Enjoy standup paddleboarding or kayaking at Buckeye Lake! Full or half-day rentals are available from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Launch from 14713 Township Rd 1070, Thornville, OH 43076, located between Horvath’s Harbor & Port Lounge Smokehouse BBQ less than 2 miles from Interstate 70, near the public kayak launch site.
Experience Fit N’ Paddle at Buckeye Lake’s Snug Harbor a unique paddleboarding and fitness class combination.
Millersport, Ohio 43046
Enjoy a paddlewheel tour boat excursion around Buckeye Lake via public tours, private tours, and exclusive Buckeye Lake Museum events.
Step back in time on a guided, historic tour around the shores of the 187-year-old Buckeye Lake. Its unique history includes its legacy as the first State Park in Ohio, the home of The Buckeye Lake Amusement Park, and all the glory it created, as well as playing an important role in the Ohio Canals. As the only Sternwheeler on any inland lake in Ohio, the Queen of the Lake III can accommodate up to 50 people on public and private tours and events. She has an onboard restroom and catering is available.
This was a 5-year restoration project completed by volunteers working with the Buckeye Lake Historical Society. All ticket sales are tax-deductible.
CLOSED FOR FALL & WINTER SEASON 2023.
The two public swimming areas – Fairfield Beach on the south side of the lake and Crystal Beach on the north side of the lake – have parking and latrines. Beaches are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Swimming is permitted during daylight hours only.
Swim at your own risk.
Pets are NOT allowed on swimming beaches. BeachGuard — Water quality advisories, are available online from the Ohio Department of Health from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Looking for easy access to the water? Look no further than the Thorn Township Canoe/Kayak Launch. Open from dawn to dusk, this launch is conveniently located on the southeast side of the lake and is wheelchair accessible.
This launch is also the first public boat access to Buckeye Lake in Perry County.
Under the proper conditions, park visitors can enjoy ice skating, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and ice boating.