A Review of Blue Rock State Park in Ohio

Camping, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding and More

Blue Rock State Park offers a few hundred acres of woods and water for public use. The adjoining Blue Rock State Forest offers thousands more to find that perfect piece of peaceful relaxation that we all need in this hectic modern life.

Blue Rock State Park is home to Cutler Lake, a small man made impoundment. Cutler Lake offers a beach area for swimming, boating (electric motors only), and fishing. The lake is pretty shallow but contains great structure for fishing. Cattails and other plant life on the edges of the lake provide a great place to bass fish, as well as plentiful opportunities for bluegill, carp and catfish. Fishing weedless artificial lures and topwater baits can be especially productive in the shallows near the cattails and other shaded areas. As with all lakes, the small streams that flow into Cutler Lake are productive spots that should be fished. While Cutler Lake is pretty small it is narrow and provides a lot of shoreline for bank fisherman. The beach area provides a concession stand, restrooms, showers, and changing rooms.

The campground at Blue Rock State Park offers about 100 sites. During my visit there was not that many people camping. I can’t imagine that the large campground would be filled up too often, but making reservations is always a good idea. Some areas of the campground have a small stream running through it adding a nice touch (and perhaps a little background noise).

Blue Rock State Park offers some short hiking trails in the park. The adjacent Blue Rock State Forest offers miles of horseback riding trails. Blue Rock State Forest is a great place to hike for those who don’t need trails. Hunting is allowed in Blue Rock State Forest, so be aware of the hunting seasons and dress appropriately if hiking during hunting season. Even better, just go hunting.

There are numerous areas at Blue Rock State Park for picnicking. Large shelters are also available at Blue Rock for larger groups to picnic or hold reunions or other functions. There are picnic facilities near the beach on Cutler Lake. A separate area of the park offers another picnic location near an old fire tower. Regardless of the availability of picnic tables and other facilitates there are many nice areas to just throw a blanket down and set up your picnic.

Blue Rock State Park also offers a variety of nature programs and other activities, especially during the summer months.