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Dillon Lake

Dillon Lake is six miles northwest of Zanesville in Muskingum County nestled in Ohio's rural hill countryside bathed in natural beauty. The Dillon State Park hosts this outstanding 1,376-acre lake and offers numerous opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. The rolling, reverting farmland of the Dillon Lake area provides visitors the opportunity to see some of Ohio's most magnificent wildlife. White-tailed deer,ruffed grouse and wild turkey can be seen by quiet observers. Most recently, sightings of bald eagles have been reported.

Boating and fishing enthusiasts can enjoy the quiet coves and inlets of the lake. Bicyclists can travel the campground and area roads or hit the mountain bike trails. Equestrian riders can travel the specially designated horseback trails. Shooters can enjoy the lighted skeet and trap fields, 100-yard rifle and 25-yard pistol ranges with tables and shelters. If you prefer shooting arrows, a designated archery range with target distances ranging from 10 to 40 yards is also available.


Fishing at Dillon Lake is good for largemouth bass, panfish, channel cats, hybrid stripers and saugeyes. Nearly half the bass sampled during the last Ohio Division of Wildlife’s electrofishing survey were at least 12 inches long while 14% topped the 15 inch mark.

Crappies are slab-sized and great sport on light fishing gear. The ODOW fish survey showed that 64% of the white crappie population was eight inches or longer and of these fish, 23% were at least 10 inches. Bluegills and orange spotted sunfish round out the panfish offerings.

Dillon is a great channel catfish lake. Over 10 percent of the fish are at least 16 inches in length. The hybrid striped bass are 12 inches long and 8%t have reached 15 inch mark.


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     Dillon Lake OH Coordinates:
40.0132N -82.1235W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
1,376 acres
Maximum Depth:
24 ft
735 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
1 - 3 ft
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Boating with unlimited horsepower is permitted on Dillon Lake. Which makes it a great destination for participating in water sports like swimming, skiing, sailing, pleasure boating and fishing. The lake’s 1,360-foot swimming beach is well kempt but no lifeguards or staff are on site. In the same area is a child’s wading pool and games such as lighted basketball and tennis courts and volleyball.

Four boat ramps are provided for access to the lake. Two launch areas are open to the public. A boat concession offers boat/motor rental, fuel, fishing and boating supplies, and snacks. Seventy docks are available for rent on a seasonal basis.


The state park campground offers 183 electric and 12 primitive campsites. Campers have easy access to flush toilets, showers, dump station, Laundromat, camp store, and youth camp area. Pets are allowed on designated sites.

The state park also offers your choice of 29 cottages overlooking the lake in a wooded area. Pets are permitted in some cottages. Please review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging in the area.


The closest major city is Columbus. Other nearby Ohio cities: Coshocton, Newark, Zanesville and Cambridge. The lake is located in Muskingum county.

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