Lake season is here and it’s time to get reel… boats are starting to dock, patios are opening, and it’s the perfect time to plan your lake escape!  Whether a last-minute spring getaway or your summer vacation destination, Buckeye Lake is the perfect place to cast a line, indulge in a delicious meal, or simply relax on the 35 miles of shoreline all season.

National Fishing and Boating Week (6/1-6/9)
Set sail on 3,100 acres of water with the perfect rental from Buckeye Lake Boat Rental! Choose from pontoon boats and kayaks, and grab your open or closed-reel fishing poles to celebrate National Fishing Week.  Check out the lake fishing map for more information on finding your perfect catch!  If you’re looking for a relaxing cruise, book a private pontoon boat tour with Captain Buck or climb aboard the Queen of the Lake III for a tour of the lake’s history – now with more tour options than ever, including sunset tours and brunch tours.

Wine & Woodies 30th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Show (6/15)
The 31st annual “Wine & Woodies Antique & Classic Boat Show” will be held on Saturday, June 15 at the Buckeye Lake Winery. This event is completely free to spectate and enjoy – you can also enjoy free parking at the winery. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy delicious wine, stunning lake views, and cool boats!

4th of July Boat Parade
Residents and visitors alike celebrate Independence Day each year with a fun, patriotic boat parade!  Decorated boats depart from Liebs Island and make their way along the North shore, through Cranberry Bay, past Harbor Hills and end at Papa Boo’s. Prizes are awarded based on a different theme each year. Come out and enjoy the red, white, and blue parade and spend a day on the water. Follow the Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association website for more information to come!

Buckeye Lake Boat Parade

Buckeye Lake Area Star Spangled Tradition (BLASST) (7/3)
Watch the beautiful Buckeye Lake Area Star Spangled Tradition fireworks display over Buckeye Lake from the water or on the shore on July 3rd!  Follow the BLASST Facebook page for more information.

Ice Cream Day (7/21)
Officially the best day of the year, celebrate Ice Cream Day the right way… on the lake, of course!  Grab a classic cone from Millersport staple, Weldon’s Ice Cream Factory, serving the lake town since 1930, and enjoy a view of the water right from the front porch!  If you’re in the Village of Buckeye Lake, swing by the Boatyard Tavern & Grill and enjoy their very own Dips on the Lake serving Johnson’s Ice Cream products.  Lastly, indulge in premium, old-fashioned frozen custard that is made on-site daily at Hank & Stella’s located across from the Kayak/Canoe Launch!  Enjoy floats, shakes, sundaes, and more at all of these locations!

Dips on the Lake

Buckeye Lake Pub Paddle (8/10)
The Buckeye Lake Pub Paddle is an annual bar crawl via watercraft that supports our local Buckeye Lake businesses while still having a lot of fun!  Join the 8th Annual Buckeye Lake Pub Paddle and follow the Buckeye Lake Pub Paddle Facebook page for more information.

Buckeye Lake Tour of Homes (8/11)
Relax on this one-hour pontoon boat ride visiting the beautiful homes and islands at Buckeye Lake and view the unique and eye-catching houses that line the shoreline! Follow the Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association website and Facebook for more information to come.

Tour de Buckeye Lake (8/17)
Bike for a benefit!  Join the Tour de Buckeye Lake for their 8th annual ride and help fundraise for trail development, safety, and bikes for underprivileged children – now with 3 different route options, a beer garden, live music entertainment, and more food options than ever!  Learn more and register for this event here, and don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook.

Millersport Sweet Corn Festival (8/28-8/30)
Get ready for this fun festival that you’re sure to find ear-resistable! Bring your family and friends to discover over 20 rides and games, tractor pulls, and parade. Compete in the fun contests held throughout the week and enjoy a myriad of corn-based and flavored food options, including ice cream! Learn more at

Millersport Sweet Corn Festival

Labor Day Weekend Getaway (9/2)
Celebrate the long weekend and the end of the summer season with a weekend getaway!  Grab a bite at the newest restaurants around the lake, stretch your legs with some outdoor fun, and shop local for decor, apparel, and more.

Backwoods Festival (9/20-22)
Kick off the fall season with one of the largest festivals around the lake, The Backwoods Fest! With over 300 vendors, more than 30 different kinds of food, and 3 days of bluegrass music in Thornville, this event near Buckeye Lake is fun for everyone. Held rain or shine during the third weekend in September, learn more on their website or Facebook page.

Don’t wait, book your stay! With multiple short-term rentals all around the lake, you’ll find the best stay for your getaway!  Find lakefront cottages and photo-worthy homes with beautiful waterfront views to make your trip as memorable as possible. Plus, check out events happening around the lake including live music, entertainment, and more!

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