Mosquito Creek Lake


Mosquito Creek Lake

Town(s): Cortland OH

Size: 7850 acres
Average Depth: 11 feet
Maximum Depth: 44 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis
Boating Comments: No HP Limit
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

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Mosquito Creek Lake – is one of the largest inland lakes in Ohio, and contains an additional 2,483 acres of wood and marshland as well. The area was once covered in thick and ancient forest dating back to almost 10,000 years before being settled and established along with the nearby town of Cortland, earlier known as Baconsburg, in the 1800’s. Located just 1 hr from Cleveland and 1.5 hrs from Pittsburgh PA, this lake offers wondrous views of both the lake and scenic natural surroundings!

Lake / Marina / Beach – Mosquito Creek Lake is 7,850 acres with an average depth of 11 ft but reaches a max depth of 44 ft with approximately 40 mile of shoreline. The lake has no horsepower limits and is a popular destination for casual boaters and skiers alike. Anglers seek this lake out specifically for it’s fantastic ice fishing during the winter. The lake also has a full service marina for all your boating needs as well as a 600 ft public swimming beach open to the public!

Offshore Amenities – As with most state parks in Ohio of this size there is no shortage of offshore activities. Mosquito Creek offers 234 campsites and 2 unique yurts open to campers within the park along with 4 picnic areas, a pavilion and basketball, volleyball, playgrounds, and horseshoe rings as well! The park allows hunting in some areas and also has an archery range located near the camp check in. Residents can also experience the local dog park and the 12-hole disc golf course Squirrel Run. There are also 2 hiking trails, 10 miles of horse trails, 15 miles of snowmobile trails, and 5 miles of mountain biking trails! There is also an amphitheater, a butterfly park, and free concerts held during the summertime. To top it off the Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area at the north end of the lake is open for tours and is considered one of the top wildlife areas in Northeast Ohio and has an abundance of wildlife and even has rare animal sightings such as eagles, goshawks, osprey, owls, river otters, and the eastern massassauga rattlesnake!


Nearby Activities – Besides visiting the Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area; the Pymatuning, Punderson and West Branch state parks are all within 1 hr drive and offer various opportunities for hiking, boating and other recreational activities. The U.S Army Corps of Engineers also maintains 5 nearby locations close to the dam that provide nature and fitness courses.  

Water Quality: No Known Issues
Vegetation Growth: Unknown
Non-native Species:

Fish Species: Crappie, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Sunfish, Bluegill, Walleye

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: 5 public boat launches
Parking Spaces: Unknown

Shoreline Development: 10-25%