Location: 27331 SR 278, McArthur
Contact: Lake Hope State Park
Boating: Boats with electric motors only may be used on the lake. Canoes, kayaks and rowboats are available for rent.Camping: A beautiful 192-site campground is suitable for tents or trailers. The campground includes heated shower house, pit latrines, waste disposal, laundry facilities, picnic tables and fire rings. Forty-six sites have electric hookups. Pets are permitted. Rent-A-Tepee and one Camper Cabin can be rented during the summer months. A group camp is available for organized groups on a reservation basis; call the park office at 740-596-5253.
Dining: The newly opened Lake Hope Lodge, offers made from scratch food, using Ohio products. Enjoy the real pit barbeque which is smoked in the traditional all-wood-fire pit using pure hickory. Catering services available for the Vinton County room located in the downstairs of the lodge.
Hunting and Fishing: Anglers will find good catches of bluegill, catfish, crappie and large-mouth bass at Lake Hope. Hunting is permitted in the adjacent Zaleski State Forest. A valid Ohio hunting or fishing license is required.
Picnicking: Picnic areas with tables and grills are scattered around the park in secluded areas. Two picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis or by reservation.Swimming: A fine swimming beach is located near the dam. There's a beach house with a sundeck, restrooms and a concession building with food and beverages for sale.
From Columbus: Take 33 East toward Athens, as you first enter Nelsonville turn right on SR 278, Lake Hope is 14 miles west down 278.