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Lake Hope State Park

27331 State Route 278
McArthur, Ohio 45651
Phone: 740-596-3030
Overview
Lake Hope State Park is truly a nature lover's dream. In the forest-draped hills, the observant visitor can discover the abundant natural resources of this wild and scenic park.

A natural paradise, 2983-acre Lake Hope State Park lies entirely within the 26,824-acre Zaleski State Forest in the Big Sandy run. It is a rugged, heavily forested region traversed by steep gorges and narrow ridges.

Location Map

Calendar of Events
Friday Fishing - Lake Hope
Fri Apr 27

6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Join the naturalist for an evening of free fishing fun. Poles and bait are provided. Ages 16+ must present a valid fishing license.

Meet at the Lake Hope dam.

Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Closed on April 1st and April 29th.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Spring Birding - Lake Hope
Sat Apr 28

9:00 am.

Search for feathered migrants on this leisurely walk through the camp ground. Some binoculars provided.

Meet at the Nature Center.

Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Closed on April 1st and April 29th.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Full Moon Hike - Lake Hope
Sun Apr 29

8:00 pm.

Enjoy a 3-mile hike illuminated by the moon.

Meet at the shelter house.

Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Closed on April 1st and April 29th.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Archery - Lake Hope
Sun Apr 29

4:00 - 6:00 pm.

Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow or perfect your skills.

Meet at the Archery Range across the road from the shelter house.

Equipment provided.

Lake Hope Nature Center is open Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm and Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Closed on April 1st and April 29th.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Youth Fishing Tournament - Lake Hope
Sat May 5

9:00 - 11:00 am. Ages 16 and under.

Adults must be present with each child. Trophy presentation and cookout afterwards. Bring your own pole and bait, but some will be provided.

Meet at Lake Hope Dam.

Lake Hope Nature Center is open

Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm

Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Special Hours in May are:

Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Late Bloomers - Lake Hope
Sun May 6

1:00 pm.

Search for flowers blooming on this leisurely walk.

Meet at the Hope School House.

Lake Hope Nature Center is open

Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm

Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Special Hours in May are:

Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Friday Fishing - Lake Hope
Fri May 11

6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Join the naturalist for an evening of free fishing fun. Poles and bait are provided. Ages 16+ must present a valid fishing license.

Meet at the Lake Hope dam.

Lake Hope Nature Center Hours:

Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Sundays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Special Hours:

Friday, May 25, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 27, 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Monday May 28, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
The Bobcat, an Ohio Native - Lake Hope
Thu May 17

6:30 pm.

Learn all about Ohios native feline from researcher Cheryl Mollohan.

Meet at the Dining Lodge.

Lake Hope Nature Center is open

Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm

Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Special Hours in May are:

Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Highs and Lows Hike - Lake Hope
Sat May 19

10:00 am.

Test yourself on a moderately strenuous 3-mile hike featuring ridgelines and valleys. Elevation change of nearly 300 feet. Bring water.

Meet at Oak Point on Cabin Ridge Road.

Lake Hope Nature Center is open

Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm

Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Special Hours in May are:

Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Archery - Lake Hope
Sun May 20

1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow or perfect your skills.

Meet at the Archery Range across the road from the shelter house.

Equipment provided.

Nature Center Hours:

Saturdays, 1-4pm

Sundays, 9am-12pm

Special Hours:

Friday May 25, 2-5pm

Sunday, May 27, 1-7pm

Monday May 28, 10am-4pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Friday Fishing - Lake Hope
Fri May 25

6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Join the naturalist for an evening of free fishing fun. Poles and bait are provided. Ages 16+ must present a valid fishing license.

Meet at the Lake Hope dam.

Lake Hope Nature Center Hours:

Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Sundays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Special Hours:

Friday, May 25, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 27, 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Monday May 28, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Gone Creekin - Lake Hope
Sat May 26

10:00 am.

Discover what lives in the waters between Lake Hope and Raccoon Creek.

Meet at Lake Hope Dam. Prepare to get wet!

Lake Hope Nature Center is open

Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm

Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Special Hours in May are:

Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Scavenger Hunt - Lake Hope
Sun May 27

10:00 am.

You may start any time during open hours, but must be completed before 4:00 pm to qualify for a prize. Pick one up at the Nature Center.

Lake Hope Nature Center is open

Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm

Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Special Hours in May are:

Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Full Moon Hike - Lake Hope
Sun May 27

8:00 pm.

Enjoy a 3-mile hike illuminated by the light of the beautiful moon.

Meet at the Shelter House.

Lake Hope Nature Center is open

Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm

Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Special Hours in May are:

Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Early Bird Hungry Hummers - Lake Hope
Sun May 27

1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Hand-feed hummingbirds at the nature center. We are

trying this much earlier in the year than usual to see how it goes.

Lake Hope Nature Center is open

Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm

Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Special Hours in May are:

Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Annual Spring Craft Show - Lake Hope
Sun May 27

10:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Come to the Lake Hope Lodge to pick last minute gifts for Mom from local craft vendors. Enjoy a meal at the lodge before you leave.

Lake Hope Nature Center is open

Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm

Sundays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Special Hours in May are:

Friday, May 25th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 - 7:00 pm

Monday, May 28th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-3030

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Website: www.stateparks.com/lake_hope_state_park_in_ohio.html
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