Activity Facilities Quantity
Resource Land, acres 2,337
Water, acres 1,277
Nearby Wildlife Area, acres 3,710
Activities Fishing yes
Hunting yes
Hiking Trail, miles 9
Bridle Trails, miles 14
Mountain Bike Trail, miles 1.2
Picnicking yes
Swimming Beach, feet 1,400
Beach Concession yes
Miniature Golf yes
Baseball Field yes
Nature Center yes
Summer Nature Programs yes
Boating Boat Rental yes
Boating Limits UNL
Fuel For Sale yes
Seasonal Dock Rental, # 152
Launch Ramps, # 2
Winter Snowmobiling yes
Ice Skating yes
Cross-Country Skiing yes
Ice Fishing yes
Facilities Family Cottages, # 26
Lodge Rooms, # 110
Restaurant yes
Golf Course, # holes 18
Tennis yes
Game Room yes
Indoor Swimming Pool yes
Outdoor Swimming Pool yes
Camping Campsites with Elec., # 227
Pets Permitted yes
Showers yes
Flush Toilets yes
Dumpstation yes
Youth Camp, capacity 200
Horsemen Campsites, # 3
Rent-A-Campsites, # 5






















  • East of Deer Creek near Circleville is A.W. Marion State Park which offers fishing, camping and picnicking
  • Stage's Pond, a state nature preserve, is located five miles north of Circleville. This 178-acre glacial, kettle lake is a waterfowl refuge and a prime observation area for birdlife
  • Deer Creek Wildlife Area which is adjacent to the park is operated by the ODNR Division of Wildlife and managed for upland game
  • In nearby Chillicothe, visitors can witness the living drama of Tecumseh at the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
  • Adena State Memorial, the restored home of Thomas Worthington is one of The Ohio Historical Society's premier sites.• It includes Worthington's newly-restored 1807 mansion and a 13,000 square foot Museum/Visitor Center
  • Pickaway County Visitors Bureau website or call 888-770-7425



Deer Creek

State Park

20635 State Park Road 20
Mt. Sterling, OH  43143

GPS: N 39° 38' 5.68", W 83° 14' 48.63"

Deer Creek State Park is one of Ohio State Parks' lodging resorts. With a 350-acre, 18-hole public golf course near the lodge, an unlimited horsepower lake and 9 miles of hiking trails, this park offers a little bit of everything nestled in the surrounding meadows and woodlands.

Park Office 740-869-3124
Campground (seasonal) 740-869-3508
Golf Course 740-869-3088
Lake Conditions 740-869-2243
Camping/Getaway Rental Reservations 866-644-6727

Reserve online:  
 Reserve Campsites online   Reserve Getaway Rentals online   Reserve Group Camps online
Deer Creek Lodge & Conference Center
22300 State Park Road 20 (Location)
PO Box 125  (Mailing)
Mt Sterling, OH 43143-0153
Lodge Front Desk 740-869-2020
Lodge Front Desk Fax 740-869-4059
Lodge/Cottage Reservations 800-282-7275
Reserve online:   Reserve Lodge Rooms online    Reserve Cottages online

Deer Creek Lake Map  | Trail Map | Bridle Trail Map














Lodge  Reserve Lodge Rooms online

  • 110 guest rooms, many with a panoramic view of the lake.
  • Lodge features include indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, whirlpool and exercise room.
  • A restaurant, lounge and meeting rooms provide additional accommodations
  • Tennis courts are available for lodge and cottage guest use

Cottages  Reserve Cottages online

  • 25 cottages each with two bedrooms, bath with a shower, living room with a sofa bed, complete kitchen, dining area and screened porch
  • The cottages sleep up to six people
  • The historic Harding Cabin offers a unique lakeside setting and sleeps 7-9

Camping  Reserve Campsites online   Reserve Group Camp online

  • 227 electric sites
  • Features include showers, flush toilets and a dump station
  • Pets are permitted on all sites, except Rent-A-Camp & Camper Cabin sites • 2 pet maximum per site
  • Campground attractions include a tetherball, volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoe pits, 2 playgrounds and miniature golf
  • Bicycles can be rented from the camp office for a fee
  • Group camp is also available by reservation
  • Equestrian camp provides primitive overnight facilities for riders
  • Primitive group camp offers an area for youth groups

Getaway Rentals Reserve Getaway Rentals online

  • Pets are not permitted in Getaway Rentals or the surrounding site
  • 2 Camper cabins available April through October (exact dates vary)
    • Each unit sleeps up to 6 people
    • Features include electric outlets, A/C, heater, refrigerator, microwave, cook stove, porch with charcoal grill
    • Linens, dishes and cooking utensils are not provided
    • Daily housekeeping is not available
  • 1 Rent-A-Camp unit available May through October (exact dates vary)
    • Each unit consists of a large tent on a wooden platform with dining fly
    • Sleeps up to 4 people with sleeping pads
    • Equipment provided include a exterior electric outlet, camp light, cook stove, cooler, picnic table and fire ring
    • Linens, dishes and cooking utensils are not provided
    • Daily housekeeping is not available


  • Unlimited horsepower boating is permitted on the 1,277-acre Deer Creek reservoir
  • 2 launch ramps provide access to the lake
  • A fully equipped marina offers fuel, boat rental and seasonal dock rentals


  • Deer Creek Lake is famous for its early spring saugeye fishing below the dam Hike All the State Parks!
  • Excellent catches of catfish, largemouth bass and crappie also entice the angler



  • 1,700-foot public swimming beach
  • Picnic tables and grills are available
  • Boaters may take advantage of a boat-swim area



  • 7 picnic areas are situated in scenic locations around the park
  • 2 picnic shelters are available on a first come-first serve basis


  • 7 hiking only trails
    • Adena Ridge Trail • 3/4 Mile • Easy
    • Waterloo Trail • 1/4 Mile • Easy
    • Van Horn Trail • 2 Miles • Easy-Moderate
    • Meadow Trail • 1 Mile • Moderate
    • Rolling Hills Trail • 2.5 Miles • Moderate
    • Marsh Walk Trail • 1 Mile • Moderate
    • Ridge Trail • 1.5 Miles • Moderate
  • Mountain Biking Trail • 1 Mile • Easy
  • Bridle Trail that also allows hiking • 17 miles • Moderate


  • A 350-acre, 18-hole public golf course near the lodge is a challenge for golfers with its 10 ponds and 52 sand traps
  • Get more information about the course


  • The lake provides excellent waterfowl hunting
  • 14 hunting blinds are issued each season on a lottery basis
  • Hunting is permitted in the state wildlife area adjacent to the park for pheasant, rabbit, squirrel and deer
  • Valid Ohio hunting license is required

Winter Recreation (conditions permitting)

  • Snowmobiling is permitted on the 17-mile bridle trail
  • Sledding
  • Ice fishing
  • Ice skating

More To Do

  • Volleyball and basketball courts, playgrounds, and a baseball field offered in select day-use areas
  • Lake access for dogs offers a place for your pets to frolic and swim
  • Nature center offers nature programs during the summer months