“a green island of scenic woodlands”
In the midst of endless field of corn and soybeans stands 142-acre Harrison Lake State Park--a green island of scenic woodlands in a rich agricultural region. Harrison Lake is popular for swimming, fishing, camping and canoeing. The area comprising Harrison Lake State Park was at one time part of a vast wetland. This mysterious area contained towering trees, soggy black soil and was a haven for the swamp rattlesnake (or massasauga, as it is also known). Very little remains of that once great swamp, but the park still harbors unique natural features associated with wetlands. Great blue herons and common egrets can be sighted at the lake's shallow western end. Numerous songbirds inhabit the park's meadows and woodlands such as the vesper sparrow, common yellowthroat and brown thrasher. Several species of reptiles and amphibians find the park's habitat suitable. Box turtles, painted turtles, garter snakes, green frogs and American toads are found here. Small mammals such as red fox, raccoon, skunk and the uncommon thirteen-lined ground squirrel are frequently seen.
This place is fantastic. We stopped here as a 2-hr excursion coming down the ohio turnpike. It is not far from the highway.
The lake includes campgrounds (sites available with electrical hookups) and 2 yurts for rent. We did not stay the night, but my family enjoyed the shallow swimming area and the picnic shelter. There is a place to rinse off te sand from the 150-ft beach and bathrooms available.
Would have loved to explore the 3 miles of trail that seems to encircle this gorgeous lake.
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