Recreation Facilities Quantity
Resource Land, acres 1095
Water, acres 68
River Miles 1
Nearby State Forest, acres 63000
Activities Fishing yes
Hunting State Forest
Hiking Trail 7 miles
Bridle Trails State Forest
Backpack Trails State Forest
Picnicking yes
Picnic Shelters 2
Swimming Beach yes
Beach Vending yes
Nature Center yes
Summer Nature Programs yes
Miniature Golf yes
Boating Boat Rental (Turkey Creek) yes
Motor Limits, river UNL
Motor Limits, lake EMO
Fuel For Sale (Ohio River) yes
Seasonal Dock Rental 137
Transient Dock Rental 13
Launch Ramps 6
Winter Ice Fishing yes
Facilities Family Cottages 25
Lodge Rooms 50
Restaurant yes
Golf Course holes 18
Tennis yes
Game Room yes
Indoor Swimming Pool yes
Outdoor Swimming Pool yes
Camping Non-Electric Campsites 3
Campsites with Elec. 103
Seasonal Camping yes
Pets Permitted yes
Showers yes
Flush Toilets yes
Dumpstation yes
Group Camp, capacity 25
Horsemen Campsites 58 State Forest
Rent-A-Campsites 2

Ohio Travel Guide

  • Many historic attractions can be found in the Shawnee area including Tremper Mound, Serpent Mound, the Olde Wayside Inn, the 1810 House and the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center • The Bonyfiddle section of nearby Portsmouth is a historic district containing numerous antique shops and historic architectural buildings
  • 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
  • Shawnee State Forest is the largest of Ohio's twenty state forests • The forest contains impressive stands of oak, hickory, sassafras, buckeye, black gum, pitch pine and shortleaf pine • Other forest features include a 42-mile backpack trail with primitive campsites, over seventy miles of bridle trails, horsemen's campground, and an 8,000-acre wilderness area and five small fishing lakes
  • For more information about area attractions, visit the

Shawnee State Park

4404 State Route 125
Portsmouth, Ohio 45663-9003

N 38° 43' 46.01", W 83° 13' 44.36"

Both rugged and beautiful, Shawnee State Park is located right along the Ohio River. Touted as once being a hunting area for the Shawnee, the park still has rare sightings of black bear and bobcat. It boasts both a lodge and cottage rentals.

Park Office:
Golf Course:
Reservations for Camp Sites, Getaway Rental & Shelters:
740-858-4561 (seasonal)
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Reserve Getaway Rentals online   Reserve Shelters online

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Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center
Location: 4404 State Route 125 B
West Portsmouth, OH 45663
Mailing Address: PO Box 189
Friendship, OH 45630-0189
Lodge Front Desk
Lodge Front Desk Fax
Lodge and Cottage Reservations
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Reserve Lodge Rooms online  Reserve Cottages online

Lodge  Reserve Lodge Rooms online

  • View of the surrounding hill country
  • 50 guest rooms
  • Elegant dining room
  • Meeting rooms
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Game room
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Tennis, basketball and shuffleboard courts

Cottages  Reserve Cottages online

  • 25 two-bedroom family cottages
  • Sleep up to 6
  • Bath with a shower
  • Living room
  • Double-wide rollaway bed
  • Complete kitchen, microwave, telephone, dining area, screened porch and charcoal grill
  • 2 premium cottages also offer Jacuzzis
  • Lodge facilities are available to cottage guests
  • Pets are permitted in select cottages, call 800-282-7275 for details

Camping  Reserve Campsites online

  • 107 campsites suitable for tents or trailers
  • Features electric hookups, waste disposal, heated shower houses, flush toilets and laundry facilities
  • Pet camping is available throughout the campground
  • Boat rental
  • Games and sporting equipment to loan to registered campers
  • A group camp that can accommodate up to 45 people is available by reservation
  • 57-site equestrian campground with latrines is available near Bear Lake on state forest land

Getaway Rentals  Reserve Getaway Rentals online

  • 2 camper cabins are available
  • Each sleeps up to 5 people on two sets of bunk beds and one adult full bed
  • Outfitted with outdoor picnic table, campfire ring, charcoal grill, porch light, porch swing and covered porch
  • Unit contains inside electric service, lights, heater/AC unit, smoke/carbon detectors, bed frames with mattresses, table with chairs, mini-refrigerator, microwave and fire extinguisher
  • No linens or cooking supplies are provided
  • No pets or smoking are permitted inside the cabin unit
  • Water fountains, shower houses and a laundry facility are available nearby in the campground area
  • It is recommended that you bring bed linens or sleeping bags, pillows, towels, cooking utensils, dinnerware, cooler, containers for water and a clock/radio


  • Roosevelt and Turkey Creek lakes, totaling 68-acres, offer boating with electric motors only
  • Launch ramps are provided for access to the lakes
  • Rowboats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats are available for rental at the camp store
  • Marina facility offers access to the Ohio River
    • 75 seasonal docks
    • 8 transient docks
    • 2 jet ski docks


  • 2 well-stocked lakes provide good catches of largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie and trout
  • A trout derby is held annually at Turkey Creek Lake
  • Valid Ohio fishing license is required for anyone over 16 years of age


  • 6 hiking trails
    • Tree Trail • 1/2 Mile • Self-guided, easy, wheelchair accessible
    • Beach Trail • 1/2 Mile • Easy
    • Shawnee Forest Day Trail • 7.2 Miles • Moderate
    • Lampblack Nature Trail • 1 Mile • Moderate
    • Knighton Nature Trail • 2 Miles • Moderate
    • Look-Out Trail • 2 Miles • Moderate
    • Shawnee Backpack North Trail
    • Shawnee Backpack South Trail
  • 2 bridle trails
    • Lampblack Bridle Trail
    • Mackletree Bridle Trail
  • 60-mile Shawnee backpack trail, operated by the Division of Forestry, takes hikers to some of the best wilderness areas in Ohio
  • Additional 75 miles of bridle trails are located within Shawnee State Forest




  • 18-hole championship golf course and pro-shop are located near the marina on the Ohio River, within a short drive of the main park area

Picnicking   Reserve Shelters online

  • 5 picnic areas with tables and grills are located in many secluded and scenic areas of the park
  • 2 accessible picnic shelters are available at Lake Roosevelt, and both may be reserved online or by calling 866-644-6727

Nature Center 

  • Memorial Day through Labor Day open 12 - 3, Tuesday through Saturday
  • Check out Jenny's blog, Naturally Speaking from Shawnee State Park
  • This is a "Carry In Carry Out" area • No trash cans are available • Please bring trash bags with you

Winter Recreation (conditions permitting)

  • Ice fishing

More To Do

  • Miniature golf, located at the camp store and open to all park visitors
  • Volleyball and basketball courts
  • Horseshoe pits and playground equipment
  • Tennis courts and shuffleboard can be found at the lodge