Rocky Fork Lake


Rocky Fork Lake

Town(s): Hillsboro OH, Marshall Twp OH, Paint Twp OH

Size: 2080 acres
Average Depth: 15 feet
Maximum Depth: 40 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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Rocky Fork Lake – is a state park lake located in Hillsboro Ohio, located just 1.5 hours from both Columbus and Cincinnati. The park is steeped in the rich Native American history of Ohio and has been a large tourist attraction since as far back as mid 1800’s due to its beautiful scenery.

Lake / Beach / Marina – Rocky Fork has a 2,080 acre lake with no limit on horsepower allowing for wonderful skiing opportunities as well as other recreational boating activity including kayaking, canoeing and tubing. The lake itself averages about 15 ft but can reach up to 40 ft and has a full service marina providing fuel, repair and wintering service and also boat rentals. The lake is home to several species of fish and is the host to several fishing tournaments including the USA Bassin Regional Tournament. The lake also has two public beaches which combine for over 800 ft of swimming area, as well as a separate boat/ swim area.

Offshore Amenities – Playgrounds can be found at both beach areas as well as volleyball courts and basketball courts. The park also maintains 6 different picnic areas across the lake overlook the water, available to the public. Hunting is permitted in certain areas with a valid license, and Rocky Fork also has an 18-hole disc golf course at the South Beach as well as a 7-hol course located at one of the campgrounds! The park also has two separate hiking trails; The Bird Observation Trail which is a 1/3 mile, and the Deer Loop Trail, a 1 mile trail of moderate difficulty.


Nearby Attractions – Although Rocky Fork is known for it’s beautiful scenery there are two additional state parks within driving range; Pike Lake and Paint Creek, both contain excellent fishing and hiking opportunities. The Adena State Memorial is also within driving distance and is one of Ohio Historical Societies premier sites. And to top it off there are also two different Native American earthwork / mound sites; Fort Hill and Serpent Mound. Both contain mounds that are over 1,000 years old and are a ton of fun to visit!

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

Fish Species: Saugeye, Flathead Catfish, White Bass, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Bluegill, Walleye

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: 6 public boat launches
Parking Spaces: Unknown

Shoreline Development: 50-75%