Boats of any horsepower are allowed on 242-acre Jackson Lake as long as they remain at idle speed. This rule change went into effect on April 1, 2015. One launch ramp provides access to the lake, and a life jacket loaner board is available.


Anglers will enjoy fine catches of bass, muskie, bluegill, catfish and carp. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.


Hunting is not allowed in the state park but is permitted in the Cooper Hollow Wildlife Area just south of the park. A valid Ohio hunting license is required.


Five picnic areas in the park offer pleasant views of the lake. Three shelterhouses are available for reservation at Jackson Lake State Park. Call (740) 682-6197.


A 200-foot sand beach provides recreation for swimmers and sunbathers. Swimming is permitted in designated areas. Please exercise caution while swimming at the beach.


Winter Recreation

Under the proper winter conditions, park guests can enjoy sledding, ice skating, and ice fishing.