Pike Lake was originally a state forest park, but with the formation of the Division of Parks and Recreation in 1949, it became an official state park that year. Pike Lake is a 587-acre State Park located in the midst of the scenic wooded hills of southern Ohio. The small 13-acre lake and surrounding state forest contribute to the park's rustic charm.
Pike Lake, Pike Co., Ohio
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A steam-powered, road-building machine from the early 20th century by Pike Lake at Pike Co., Ohio. Mark Howell collection
Pike Lake State Park about 1960 located in the scenic hills of southern, Ohio
Jim Henry photo collection
CCC Camp circa 1933-1937 at what is now the Pike Lake area
Pike Lake began to take shape during the Civilian Conservation Corps days of the 1930s. One of the Ohio camps was established near the future site of Pike Lake at Morgantown. Corps members dug the lake by hand, built two or three fire towers in the area, constructed the roads to make them accessible and planted hundreds of pine trees. Pike Lake was originally a state forest park, but with the formation of the Division of Parks and Recreation in 1949, it became an official state park that year.
Pike Lake former owners William and Katherine Williamson
During the civil war period, the family who farmed the valley found a wounded soldier collapsed in their field. The unconscious union soldier never revived. His name, unit or hometown were never known. Today, a solitary headstone below the dam at the base of a large oak tree marks the grave of this casualty from a tragic war.
photo by Julie Birkhimer
Pike Lake State Park swimming area when they still had the diving platform up