Nature enthusiasts, unite! It’s time to explore all that Lake Milton State Park’s rolling hills and recreational waters have to offer.
Located in the northwest corner of Mahoning County, Lake Milton State Park includes a nearly 1700-acre man-made lake, completed in 1917 when a dam was installed along the Mahoning River.
The lake itself is bustling with activity during Ohio’s warmer months; stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, pontoon boats and wave runners are available for rent (in season) at the Meshel Park area (on the east end of the lake). Seasonal dock rentals are also available.
The scenic shoreline provides a habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds that visitors can enjoy. A standard public archery range is located on the east side of the dam and hunting is permitted in designated areas. (A valid Ohio hunting license is required.) Add to that a 600-foot sandy beach, volleyball court and The Osprey, an 18-hole disc golf course, and you have the perfect blend of forestry, scenic surroundings and lake views!
Lake Milton has a 30-foot maximum depth and is designed for unlimited horsepower. Three launch ramps make it convenient to get out on the water in warmer months, and it’s not uncommon to find boaters enjoying the opportunity to fish or simply enjoy the sunshine.
There are plenty of places to fish along the lake’s 23 miles of scenic shoreline. Both muskellunge and walleye are stocked by the Ohio Division of Wildlife in addition to the largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegill and channel catfish that call Lake Milton home.
If the winter weather brings snow and ice, you can expect to see people ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling on and around the frozen lake.
Seasonal watercraft rentals are available on the east side of the lake at the Harry Meshel Picnic Area, located at 16897 Milton Ave. For more rental information, call 330-654-4991.
Fun in the Sun
Visiting during the summer? Be sure to check out the Craig Beach area, with its sandy swimming beach adjacent to a large picnic area with showers, restrooms, a volleyball court, basketball court and playground. Adjacent to the lake park office is The Osprey, an 18-hole disc golf course with lake views.
On the east side of Lake Milton you’ll find a standard public archery range, and hunting is permitted in season in designated areas with a valid Ohio hunting license.
Checking Out the Trails
Hike, bike or take the kids on a stroll – there are some great trails weaving around Lake Milton!
There is an easy 1.25-mile trail (adjacent to the swimming beach, not far from the amphitheater), which includes a half-mile paved walkway known as Storybook Trail – a section dedicated to young visitors, in conjunction with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
There’s also a 1-mile trail on the east side of the lake near the marina where you can capture breathtaking sunset views over the water.
If you brought your mountain bike along for the ride, be sure to visit the Lake Milton mountain bike trail
. This developing, obstacle-free nature trail currently measures at 10.5 miles with tight turns, short, punchy climbs and descents. This out-and-back trail rides great in both directions, and the trailhead is found off Ellsworth Road near the southeast corner of the lake.
More to Do in Lake Milton
Why not make a fun-filled weekend of your trip to Lake Milton State Park? There are many activities in and around the area:
Have time to hit the tees? Enjoy 18 holes of beautiful golf at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course
or Lakeside Golf Course
. Take in picturesque views, including the Lake Milton Dam and Mahoning River, natural springs and a cemetery dating back to the Revolutionary War. Olde Dutch Mill is just a chip away from Halliday’s Winery, making after-round relaxation a breeze, and Lakeside offers the 19th Hole Bar & Grill with a full bar and delicious menu.
Wineries & Brewery
Wet your whistle at nearby Halliday’s Winery
, Mastropietro Winery
and Lake Milton Brewery and Winery
. Each location has its own unique, inviting atmosphere, and special events include live music, yoga, trivia and even psychic readings!
Lake Milton/Berlin Lake KOA Holiday
is conveniently located near Interstate 76, making it easy to visit from anywhere. Be sure to check out their wide variety of cabin and glamping tent rentals!
It’s fun to see animals in their natural habitat! Bird watchers are in their glory with the woodpeckers, blue jays, cardinals and more around Lake Milton. Plus, you can always catch a glimpse of other animals like deer, rabbits, raccoons and northern watersnakes!
Plan Your Visit to Lake Milton State Park!
Whether you’re from Akron or Alaska, this little spot in northeast Ohio is the perfect place for a fun, relaxing weekend. When planning your travels, be sure to put Lake Milton State Park on your must-visit list!
Interested in learning more about Lake Milton? Visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ website
or call the Lake Milton Park Office at 330-235-0030.