CAMBRIDGE, OH Despite lower water levels at Salt Fork Lake
, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says that all recreational opportunities remain open on the water and at the 17,000-acre state park. This weekend, visitors can still enjoy boating and fishing on the Guernsey County lake and swimming at the park’s two beaches, as well as a variety of other park activities.
“Lake levels this weekend are expected to be nearly three feet below normal, but that should not affect a day at the lake fishing, swimming or boating,” said Hal Harper, manager of Salt Fork State Park. “We’re expecting a busy couple of weeks at the park, as families begin their summer vacations enjoying our trails, lodge, golf course, campground and nature programs and we’re confident they will have an enjoyable visit.”
According to Harper, lowered water depths at some of the lake’s launch ramps may make it difficult for some larger boats to access the lake, but craft such as fishing boats and pontoons can still easily enter and exit the lake. Water levels at launch ramps are clearly marked to aid boaters in determining if the launch will meet their needs. Boaters are encouraged to check ohiodnr.com for daily water levels updates.
Marina operations, including boat rentals and fuel sales, are expected to remain fully operational. Operations at the Sugartree Marina, however, are being moved to the Salt Fork Marina where water levels remain higher. The Salt Fork Queen tour boat has temporarily suspended operations.
Overnight guests can enjoy a stay at the park’s resort lodge, 54 family cottages and 212-site campground. While the beaches remain accessible, campers also have the option to use the Salt Fork Resort pools for a small fee. The Cambridge area also offers several community pools and hotel pools for a small fee.
The park’s extensive system of hiking and bridle trails will remain open all summer, providing visitors with beautiful views of the park and lake. And, daily tours are offered throughout the summer at the historic Kennedy Stone House, a restored farmhouse dating back to the 1840s. For the golfer, the park’s 18-hole golf course offers a quiet day in the woods as well as a pro shop, snack bar, driving range and putting green.
Last week ODNR announced that the Salt Fork Lake would be lowered as much as 5 feet over the next month as the agency investigates seepage near the earthen dam.
Anyone with questions about Salt Fork Lake dam and the water levels are urged to call 1-800-WILDLIFE for the most up-to-date information on facilities and their accessibility. Questions may also be directed to the Salt Fork State Park office at 740-439-3521.