Salt Fork Lake OH - Fishing & Recreation Map

Ohio Pro Lure - Verbinator Baits

Click Here to Get On The Map!

Support Sport Fish Restoration

Salt Fork Lake, OH | 3,060 acres | 10 boat ramps | Unlimited HP

Lake Information, Details & State Management

Recreational Activities at Salt Fork

Boats with unlimited horsepower are permitted on the 3,060-acre lake. Combined speed/ski zones are marked by buoys. There are 10 boat launching ramps on the lake.

Boaters may camp on their boats in no-wake zones within fifty yards of shore. Swimming from boats is permitted in designated areas only.

Two marinas include 469 rental docks, comfort stations, gasoline fuel stations, parking facilities, concession areas and a variety of rental boats.

Salt Fork State Park also offers an 18-hole golf course, nine picnic areas with tables and grills, a 2,500-foot swimming beach, and 14 scenic hiking trails.

Salt Fork Lake Location

Located in the hills of southeast Ohio, Salt Fork State Park features a steep and rolling terrain that’s dissected by numerous small streams. The largest stream, Salt Fork Creek, was impounded to create 2,952-acre Salt Fork Lake.

The main entrance is seven miles east of Cambridge on U.S. Route 22. The Salt Fork Wildlife Area lies to the east of the lake.

History of Salt Fork Lake

Salt Fork Lake was born in 1956 when planning for the lake was begun. Originally slated to become a water source for the city of Cambridge, the possibilities to become a major recreation area were so great that in 1960, land acquisition was begun to create a state park.

During lake construction in 1967, trees and shrubs were left standing in many of the embayments, and an artificial reef was constructed on the north branch to provide fish cover. Portions of the shoreline are covered with large boulders which serve as desirable fishing areas.

The earthen dam was completed in 1967, and construction of recreational facilities began in 1968.

Fishing Opportunites, Tips & Forecast

Fish of Interest for Anglers: Largemouth Bass | Smallmouth Bass | White Bass | Walleye | Channel Catfish | Flathead Catfish | Muskellunge | Crappie | Sunfish

Methods of Fishing & Best Fishing Sites

Bass fishing peaks in late April, May, and June, when the fish move to shallow waters. In summer, bass are more likely to be found in deeper waters near drop-offs and deep weed beds, or in the old stream channel, old road beds, or other natural irregularities in the bottom.

June, July, and August are peak months for taking muskies, especially along the south shore near the dam and the north shore between the lodge and beach.

The best fishing for walleye is along the rocky shore area, north of the cabin area, to the southeastern shore toward the dam.

Crappie and sunfish are more readily caught during the months of April, May, and June.

Fishing for catfish provides quality catches from May through October.

Bait & Tackle Shops / Salt Fork Lake Marinas / Places of Interest

A very special THANKS to the Ohio Division of Natural Resources, the Division of Wildlife and the Division of Watercraft for their hard work and dedication in providing Ohio sportsmen and women with safety and excellent fishing, hunting and boating opportunities!

Turn In a Poacher (1-800-POACHER)

Ohio’s Turn In a Poacher, or ”TIP” program is helping to curtail poaching throughout the state, by involving the public in reporting wildlife violations. If you observe a wildlife violation, click here and submit the form online or print the form and mail it to:

TIP Headquarters, Division of Wildlife 2045 Morse Rd., Bldg G Columbus, Ohio 43229-6693

Or call the TIP toll-free hotline, 1-800-POACHER.

  • RSS Ohio Wildlife News

    • Lake Erie Fish Ohio Report August 14, 2019
      Excellent walleye fishing continues in 50-65 ft of water N of Edgewater Park, in 55-65 ft of water N of Wildwood Park, in 75 ft of water N-NE of Geneva, and in 70-75 ft of water N of Conneaut.
    • Dove Hunting: Where to Go August 14, 2019
      Doves are North America’s most numerous game bird. State wildlife areas are great places to hunt doves, and several even plant dove fields to improve the hunting.
    • Born Wild, Stay Wild August 14, 2019
      It's near the end of baby wildlife season, but you may come across young wildlife in your backyard. Remember that it is best to leave wildlife in the wild!
    • Support Ohio's Wildlife with an Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp! August 14, 2019
      Purchase an Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp and help support Ohio’s wildlife! Money collected from sales benefits all Ohio wildlife. This fund directly contributes to conservation efforts for some of Ohio’s most vulnerable species.
    • Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tips August 13, 2019
      See the hunt locations, meeting dates, and how to enter the drawings.
    • Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp August 13, 2019
      Everyone is encouraged to buy the duck stamp to directly support the habitats and species they care about.
    • Dove Season is Just a few Weeks Away! August 13, 2019
      Dove season is coming up quick- it opens September 1! Start scouting now to find the best spots to hunt this year. Look for recently harvested agricultural fields, nearby water sources, and plenty of cover.
    • Ohio's Salamanders August 12, 2019
      Ohio is home to 24 species of salamander, cold blooded amphibians that spend their lives partly in water and partly on land. Learn more about these secretive and amazing creatures.
    • Smallmouth Bass Fishing August 12, 2019
      Don’t stress about your weekend plans- why not try smallmouth fishing! The bass are biting and you don’t want to miss out on some hot fishing.
    • ODNR to Offer Special Deer Hunts on 9 State Scenic River Properties August 12, 2019
      See the hunt locations, meeting dates, and how to enter the drawings.
  • Fishin' Polls

    What is your favorite Central Ohio Lake?

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...
  • Current Moon Phase


    Third Quarter Moon
    Third Quarter Moon
Close Menu
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!