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part ofDelaware Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Mon Sep 21 2015   Season Dates


Both picnic shelters at Dam Site Recreation Area make for a pleasant getaway at Delaware Lake.

Shady Ridge Shelter is nestled under elms atop a grassy ridge, providing privacy from surrounding areas, while Elm Grove Shelter is cradled between rows of trees just 50 ft. from the parking area.

Natural Features:

Both reservable shelters are near the dam on Delaware Lake in central Ohio. The lake is hugged by forests, which provide a habitat for groundhogs, pheasants and white-tailed deer.


Pack a picnic or fire up the grill with friends and family. Anglers might want to bring their rods and take advantage of excellent fishing opportunities on the river below the dam.

In addition, the Division of Wildlife stocks fishing ponds in the 4,670-acre wildlife area adjacent to Delaware State Park.


Both picnic shelters provide water and electric hookups, playgrounds, a volleyball court and easy access to restrooms. An open grassy space is ideal for field sports like soccer.

Shady Ridge provides more privacy, while Elm Grove boasts a textured patio with pedestal tables and a group grill.

Nearby Attractions:

Delaware State Park is just over a mile from the picnic shelters and offers lots of activities, from jet skiing to disc golf.

A series of low-intensity hiking trails, ranging from .25 miles to 1.6 miles, traverse the area and connect with the lakeshore.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Bike Rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Playground
  • River Access
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Bait Shop
  • Disc Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Marina
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • No alcohol allowed
  • Day-use area only; no overnight camping
  • Shelter reservation does not reserve parking area, playground or open space
  • No off-road vehicles allowed
  • 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):
40.35861, -83.06917
40°21'31"N, 83°4'9"W

From Delaware, Ohio, head north on US 23 N for 5.4 miles (just beyond Railroad Underpass). Turn right at Delaware Lake Sign.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

3920 U.S. 23 NORTH

Phone Number:

Project Office: (740)363-4011
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