Guilford Lake State Park

Winona, Ohio

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This park has an interesting history, mostly centered on its 396-acre lake. Geologists believe Guilford Lake began as the result of a glacier that settled into a natural depression in the landscape and melted. Over time, the depression shrank and slowly filled in, becoming a swampy bog. It came back to life as a man-made impoundment in 1834. Meant to serve as a feeder reservoir for a canal that was to stretch over 73 miles. When that project closed, the lake was drained and turned into farmland. In time, the state bought it and rebuilt the reservoir.

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"This park has an interesting history, mostly centered on its 396-acre lake. Geologists believe Guilford Lake began as the result of a glacier that settled into a natural depression in the landscape and melted. Over time, the depression shrank and slowly filled in, becoming a swampy bog. It came back to life as a man-made impoundment in 1834. Meant to serve as a feeder reservoir for a canal that was to stretch over 73 miles. When that project closed, the lake was drained and turned into farmland. In time, the state bought it and rebuilt the reservoir."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Winona
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Guilford Lake State Park

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Jun 2018