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Fishing at Lake Snowden

There are plenty of bluegill for the younger fisherman. Other plentiful panfish found in Lake Snowden include crappie and yellow perch.

The largemouth bass fishing has improved dramatically in the last few years, thanks largely to the work done by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Bass measuring 12-15 inches must be immediately returned to the lake. In an effort to keep the fish population in balance, we encourage fishermen to keep bass measuring less than 12 inches.

For the easy going fisherman, Lake Snowden is one of the finest catfish lakes in southern Ohio. For the macho fisherman (or woman), Lake Snowden still holds some tackle-busting northern pike. In addition, a few delicious but crafty walleye may still lurk in the lake.

Fishing at Lake Snowden is free and open to the public but the Ohio Division of Wildlife does require people age 16 and older to have a valid Ohio fishing license.

Boating at Lake Snowden

Boaters are welcome to enjoy the scenery and wildlife at Lake Snowden. In an effort to protect the natural beauty, control shoreline erosion and maintain the quiet, serene setting enjoyed by many, Lake Snowden is a no-wake, idle-only lake. Boat rentals are available.

Boaters searching for wildlife in or around the lake can expect to see whitetail deer, Canada geese, many species of duck, beaver, mink, fox, raccoon, squirrel, rabbit and wild turkey, plus an assortment of aquatic wildlife.

Boating on Lake Snowden is free and open to the public but the Ohio Division of Watercraft does require that all watercraft display a valid registration.

Lake Snowden operates a boat rental facility which offers canoes, rowboats, paddle boats and kayaks.

Fishing & Boating Rates

Fishing

Ohio Division of Wildlife requires persons age 16 or older to have a valid Ohio fishing license.

FREE

Boat Tie-Ups

$10 /day

$300 /season (season tie-up includes parking pass)

Off-Season Boat Storage

$100

Boat Rentals

Kayaks, canoes, rowboats, paddleboats and paddleboards are available for rent from the Main Office during office hours.

$8 /hour

$25 /day

Parking Rates

Daily Parking Pass

$6

Seasonal Parking Pass

$50

Lake Snowden Rules

  • No person shall gather firewood or use a chainsaw in the park without the consent of the park manager.
  • Absolutely no cutting of trees or brush in the park.
  • Fires are permitted only in fire rings.
  • Bicycles must stay on the roads and obey all traffic rules and laws.
  • ATV’s, including off-road motorcycles, three-wheelers, four-wheelers and other off-road motorized vehicles are not permitted.
  • Golf carts and UTV’s that are 420cc’s or less are permitted, and all operators must be 16 years of age or older. Owners must provide proof of liability insurance.
  • The speed limit is 10 mph throughout the park, and all vehicles, UTV’s and golf carts MUST be on roadways.
  • Vehicle maintenance and repair are prohibited without the consent of the park manager.
  • Only those vehicles being immediately used for transportation by campers are permitted in the park.  The parking of excess vehicles in the park is not allowed.
  • Parking is permitted in designated areas only, e.g., parking lots and campsite parking areas—no parking along roadways, in the grass, or under trees around the shelter houses.
  • No permanent structures such as decks, patios, etc. of any kind are permitted in the park (portable decks are allowed).
  • No nails, screws, bolts, eyebolts, wire, etc. are permitted in the trees; only biodegradable twine, string or rope is permitted and must be removed by the camper at the time of check out.
  • Firearms and fireworks are prohibited. Legal hunting weapons are permitted during hunting seasons by individuals authorized by the park manager while engaged in such activity. Lake Snowden and State of Ohio hunting regulations apply. Law enforcement officers exempted.
  • Disorderly conduct, drunkenness, obscene or profane language is not permitted and will not be tolerated.
  • Seasonal campers must have their unit removed by Nov. 1 and their campsite totally cleaned, or an hourly clean-up and/or daily rental fee will be assessed.
  • Swimming is permitted only at the designated beach.
  • Flotation devices, other than U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices, are prohibited.
  • Fishing in the beach area is prohibited.
  • No lifeguard is on duty. Swimming is at the individual’s own risk.
  • Adult supervision is required for anyone 15 years of age and younger.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in the beach area.
  • Swimming is not permitted beyond the rope.
  • Glass containers are not permitted in the beach area.
  • Throwing of sand is not permitted.
  • The approximate maximum water depth is seven feet.
  • Beach hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • Pets are not allowed in the beach area or any park building, including shelter houses.
  • Campers are required to register prior to setting up camp.
  • Camping is permitted in designated campsites only unless approved by the park manager.
  • Campsites must be registered. If it is necessary for a park employee to come to your campsite to register you and collect camping fees, an additional $5 fee may be assessed.
  • Camping permit must be displayed at the campsite on the campsite I.D. post.
  • Renewals for non-seasonal campsites shall be done no later than 2 p.m. the previous day.
  • Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Generators must be off by 10 p.m.
  • No person shall disturb the peace and quiet of others in any manner.
  • Hoses and electric cords are the responsibility of campers and shall be put away to allow for mowing and trimming.
  • Campers are responsible for the actions of their guests.
  • Campsites are to be kept clean and free of litter. Failure to clean up one’s campsite may result in a litter citation under ORC sec. 3767.32.
  • Firewood is to be neatly stacked.
  • All wastewater is to be drained into approved sealed containers. Gray water may only be disposed of in the gray water receptacles throughout the campground. Sewage may only be disposed of at the sewage dump station located near the shower house.
  • Your campsite is for your camper only. Additional units will be charged per night.
  • Campsites shall not be occupied by more than six people.
  • Campsite capacity: One immediate family including not more than one camper or one camper and one tent.
  • Check-in time is 3 p.m. Check-out time is 2 p.m.
  • Campers are not permitted continuous hook-up to water hydrants. Campers must disconnect after filling their tanks.
  • A camping permit is required to use the shower facilities.
  • Minors cannot register or occupy a campsite without the presence of an adult.
  • No subletting of sites.
  • No outside appliances.
  • Holiday weekends will require a minimum stay of two nights.
  • Cancellations to any reservation must be made at least 72 hours before the first day of the reservation. Should you fail to cancel, you will still be responsible for all charges as they appear on the reservation. Eligible refunds will only be processed to the original form of payment up to $100. 
  • Weekly, monthly and seasonal rates are not eligible for discounts.
  • Pets must be on a leash no more than six feet in length and must be kept under control at all times.
  • No person shall leave a pet unattended.
  • The pet owner is responsible for cleaning up after their pet daily throughout the park.
  • Pets are not allowed in the beach area or any park building, including shelter houses.
  • Swimming from watercraft is not permitted.
  • All State of Ohio Division of Watercraft rules and regulations apply.
  • State of Ohio fishing license is required to fish at Lake Snowden.
  • All boats and boaters are welcome at Lake Snowden. However, in an attempt to minimize shoreline erosion and preserve the peaceful atmosphere at the park, all boats must run at idle speed only. Lake Snowden is a “No Wake-Idle Only Lake” pursuant to OAC 1501:47-7-14.