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part ofAlum Creek Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sun Sep 13 2015   Season Dates


Alum Creek Lake is located in Delaware County, Ohio, just 30 minutes north of Columbus. The lake provides an ideal location for boating, fishing, camping, hiking and hunting.

Natural Features:

The lake is situated among gently rolling hills, where open meadows and wooded areas cover the shoreline. A variety of songbirds and waterfowl can be found in the area.


Alum Creek Lake is known as one the best fishing lakes in the state. A wide variety of fish including white, rock, small and largemouth bass, bluegill, white and black crappie, sunfish, channel catfish and walleye thrive in the lake.

This spacious day-use area is also a popular spot for water sports and swimming. A boat ramp, large swimming beach and marina are all located nearby.


Alum Creek offers three group day-use picnic shelters in the Below Dam Area. Each shelter is accessible, can accommodate up to 100 guests and offers electric hookups. Flush toilets, drinking water, tables and grills are provided. Playgrounds are on-site and the area has great access to fishing.

Individual sites with picnic tables and grills are scattered around the shelters and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

The Corps of Engineers Visitor Center is a short drive from the shelters. Interpretive exhibits, maps and brochures are available.

Nearby Attractions:

Alum Creek State Park is adjacent, boasting a 3000-foot swimming beach, a marina with a variety of boat rentals and a large campground. Hiking, mountain biking and horseback trails meander through the park.

Other attractions near the lake include the Columbus Zoo, the Center of Science and Industry and the Olentangy Indian Caverns.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Creek Access
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Lake Access
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Educational Programs
  • Hiking
  • Visitor Center
Within 10 Miles
  • Boating
  • Dump Station
  • General Store
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Marina
  • Mountain Biking
Know Before You Go
  • A special events permit must be obtained if the shelter is used for commercial purposes; contact the Corps Office at 740-548-6151 for more information
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.17722, -82.95667
40°10'38"N, 82°57'24"W

From Columbus, Ohio, take I-71 north to exit 121 for Polaris. Turn right on Polaris Parkway, left on Worthington Road, left on Africa Road, then left on Lewis Center Road. Shelters are in the Below Dam Area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

LEWIS CENTER  OH  43035-9215

Phone Number:

Information:  (740)548-6151
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