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OHIO SWIMMING HOLES
(15 PLACES)
UPDATED 10/2014


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ALUM CREEK RESERVOIR
(ALUM)

NO PHOTO
TOWNS COLUMBUS, DELAWARE, SUDBURY
LAT, LON lat=40.28915 lon=-82.95553(source:map) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE OH
WATER Alum Creek Reservoir
TYPE Lake
DESCRIPTION This from a skinny-dipping fan: "At Alum Creek Reservoir (north of Columbus) - there are many coves and rocky/gravelly outcroppings on the east side of the lake, north of the RT 36/37 bridge, and in particular north of the Howard Rd. bridge. RESERVOIR MAP . From the put-in boat ramp on the east side of the Howard Rd. bridge, it is a 15-30 minute paddle in a canoe to a number of places where swimming and skinny dipping are safe and possible."

"There is enough visibility to see if anyone is coming (e.g. other boats) and cover up - technically nudity is not allowed but there aren't many people up in the area and I have never had a problem. The areas I am talking about are pretty challenging to reach on foot - I haven't seen many hikers. My favorite place is a wide semi-circular cliff about 1/2 mile north of Howard Road on the east side of the lake; there are narrow gravel "beaches" at the base of the cliff on the north end of it."

If you dont have a boat, park at the boat ramp as above and walk across Howard Rd. (dont walk across the bridge) to the north. There is a trail through the woods, that brings you to good lake access about 1/2 mile north."
AREAS Alum Creek Reservoir
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Optional (in places)
DIRECTIONS From Columbus, take I-71 north to Exit 131 at RT 36/37. Go west on RT 36/37 a short way then turn north (right) on RT 35 (N 3 Bs and K Rd.) then turn west (left) on Howard Rd.. Just before you come to the bridge over the Reservoir, there is a public boat ramp on the south (left) side of Howard Rd.. Park here and proceed as above in the DESCRIPTION depending if you have a boat or not.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED By another
DATE UPDATED 12/2013



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THE BOLT
(BOLT)

PHOTO
PHOTO
TOWNS WHEELING (WV), CAMBRIDGE (OH), BARNESVILLE (OH), WOODSFIELD (OH)
LAT, LON lat=39.78015, lon=-81.05743(source:map) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE OH
WATER Sunfish Creek
TYPE Creek
DESCRIPTION This from a fan:” It is a swimming hole that is 5 or 6 ft. deep. It has been said that Sunfish Creek is one of the few creeks where you are cleaner coming out than going in. We heard it is called The Bolt because back in the 20's or 30's someone drilled into the big rock and bolted a diving board to it. When I met my husband there 41 years ago, big pieces of the iron bolt were still there. We went back this summer to celebrate our 40th anniversary, and while almost everything is the same, there isn't as much of the iron left as once was."
AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Woodsfield (which is about 10 miles south of I-70 about half way between Wheeling (WV) and Cambridge (OH)- it is also a short way southeast of Barnesville): In Woodsfield, get on RT 26 north. Drive about 4.5 miles, staying on RT 26 as it turns often. You'll go down a steep winding hill, cross a small bridge over Sunfish Creek, then start up another hill. Start watching for a small pull off on the right side of the road. There is a worn path to The Bolt there. Follow it down to the creek, and you'll come to a huge boulder. The swimming hole is here.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED By another
DATE UPDATED 12/2013



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CHAGRIN FALLS AREA
[2 PLACES]
(CHAF)

NO PHOTOS
TOWNS CLEVELAND, CHAGRIN FALLS
STATE OH
WATER Chagrin River
TYPE River/Falls
DESCRIPTION The Chagrin River goes through the town of Chagrin Falls southeast of Cleveland and has a number of falls and swimming places. See DIRECTIONS below for details.
AREAS Varies-see below
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS From the town of Chagrin Falls southeast of Cleveland:

CHAGRIN FALLS [CHAG]: The town is named after the falls which are right in town. It is a 20 ft. water fall right smack in town where you can usually swim and fish in the hole at the bottom with no problem. PHOTO . Dont jump here as the police may come after you. The swimming hole is like a half acre, depth of 10-15ft and water is really nice end of summer but very cold until then. Follow the signs to the Chagrin Falls viewing area then and take the worn down to the falls and swimming hole. LAT, LON : lat=41.43113, lon=-81.39210(source:map) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP.

SQUAW ROCK [SQUA]: In the South Chagrin Reservation (a Cleveland Metro Park), southwest of Chagrin Falls, there is a broad, low horseshoe-shaped falls with water play and swimming (depending on depth) below the falls. Here the Chagrin River drops about 20 feet over a flat shale rocks into the pool. PHOTO . In most areas the river is very shallow but at the bottom of the falls may be 4-5 feet deep. The river is rarely more than half a foot deep in most places, but at the base of the falls there are depths of 3 to 4 feet. To get here from Chagrin Falls (southeast of Cleveland), take Maple St. west then Miles Rd. west and enter the South Chagrin Reservation. Follow the signs to "Squaw Rock" then take the Squaw Rock Trail path down to the river. It is a short trail but is narrow and sloping along the river. LAT, LON : lat=41.41571, lon=-81.42236(source:map) (accuracy: General Area) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP.
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2011



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GATTON ROCK
(GATT)

NO PHOTO walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond
TOWNS MANSFIELD, BELLVILLE
LAT, LON lat=40.6021, lon=-82.4744(source:DeLorme) (accuracy:exact)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE OH
WATER Clear Fork River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Swimming hole in northern Ohio on the Clear Fork River. Deep end, shallow area, grassy beach. Suitable for kids, place to jump. AS OF 7/06, POSTED NO TRESPASSING but folks are still swimming there.
AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING East of here on RT 97 at Mohican Memorial S. F.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Mansfield, take RT 13 south to Bellville then RT 97 east about 2.5 miles and turn south (right) on Dill Rd. then west (right) on Gatton Rocks Rd. Go about .15 miles to the swimming hole (near the Wade-Gatton Nursery.)
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 3/4/2007



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LITTLE MIAMI RIVER AREA
[4 PLACES]
(LITT)

PHOTOS BELOW
TOWNS CINCINNATI, DAYTON, XENIA, YELLOW SPRINGS
STATE OH
WATER Little Miami River, Caesars Creek
TYPE River/Creek
DESCRIPTION The Little Miami River and Caesar's Creek, in the area near Xenia, are paralleled by paths and offers hiking, biking and swimming opportunities. See DIRECTIONS below for details.
AREAS Varies-see below
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Nearby at John Bryan State Park or at Caesar Creek State Park
BATHING SUITS Varies-see below
DIRECTIONS Places are near Xenia, most directions are from Xenia:

CAESARS CREEK [CAES]: A section of Caesar's Creek, near the Little Miami River, about 1 mile long with many places where people swim and skinny dip. There are dozens of great swimming holes on this section of river, accessible only by trails. Two ways to get here: You can access them either by parking at the Caesar's Creek dam see map and walking the trails West along Caesar's Creek, or you can park in Corwin (see Miami Scenic Trail Public Parking on map) and walk South on the Scenic Trail (bike path) until you get there. Either way you're looking at a 2-4 mile hike.

There are some more remote places where bathing suits may be considered optional. There is a large campground there in the Caesar Creek State Park which is a few miles away. The nearest public phone and restrooms is at the lower dam parking area and in Corwin where there are restrooms and payphones along the bike path. LAT, LON : lat=39.49133, lon=-84.09925(source:DeLorme) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP.

To get here from Xenia, take RT 42 south to Waynesville. In Waynesville, go east on North St/Corwin Rd. to Corwin. To walk south from Corwin, park in Corwin at the at Miami Scenic Trail Public Parking. To walk West from the Caesars Creek Dam, in Corwin go east on Clarksville Rd. (County Rd 37). Park at the "Lower Dam" parking area at the Caesar’s Creek Dam, then walk across the old bridge across the river and turn down stream. After crossing the second old agricultural bridge, you will start to see some swimming holes.

CAUTION There is a slight chance that they may open a flood gate at the dam and water levels will rise quickly, and you will get a little flash flood. A horn is supposed to warn persons downstream before this happens. This shouldn't cause a problem, unless you get to far from shore or are a poor swimmer. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 7/2010.

CORWIN DAM [CORW]: There is a small dam with a drop of about 4 feet in the Little Miami River just north of the town of Corwin.PHOTO , PHOTO , PHOTO , PHOTO. The water at the top of this dam is 3-4 inches deep, and the water at the base of the dam is 1-2 feet deep. The water flows quickly over the dam and then empties at a horizontal angle into the river below. This forms a perfect water slide with almost no back-tow to worry about. The depth of the water means that no swimming is required. However, if you're looking for a dip, start walking up river from the top of the dam. It drops off to at least 6 ft deep about 100 feet away from the dam.

As of July 2010, there are no regulatory signs posted near the dam. The locals like to stand on the dam and fish, so this falls into the category of a locally known unofficial water hole. Despite the fact that this is a "dam", I would not categorize it as an intense experience. Kids ages 5+ are likely to have a blast, and should be OK as long as you put someone at the base of the dam to catch them. Adults will not get much of a thrill unless the river is up. To get here, park in Corwin (see Miami Scenic Trail Public Parking on map) and walk North 1 mile on the Little Miami Scenic Trail (which runs parallel with New Burlington Rd) to reach the dam. LAT, LON : lat=39.53132, lon=-84.06455(source:DeLorme) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. Very confident. Not verified. Updated 7/2010.
walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond


OREGONIA: (OREG) Two swimming places very close together in the Little Miami River near Oregonia. Bathing suits are required. LAT, LON : lat=39.4519, lon=-84.0977(source:DeLorme) (accuracy:approximate) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. To get here from Caesar's Creek (above), continue south on Corwin Rd. (also known as Little Miami river road) to RT 12 just north of Oregonia. The first swimming place is where RT 12 (Oregonia road) crosses a new bridge spanning the Little Miami. The second Oregonia place is about .25 miles down-stream in the village of Oregonia itself at the site of the old bridge. The two sites are close enough that you can swim back and forth between them. Pretty confident. Not verified. Updated 11/27/2004.

FIRST PLACE: The little Miami runs under the new RT 12 bridge in a long slower moving section of water. Access is by trails running down from the bridge. There are small sandy areas big enough for 2 or 3 people to lay out on towels at the edge of the water, and you can also lay under the bridge if you want. Nearby trees provide shade if desired. This is an established, tolerated swimming hole that people use daily and that appears to be a perfectly legal place to swim. There are no posted "no swimming" signs. Signs prohibit jumping from bridge.

SECOND PLACE: This site is at the north end of the town of Oregonia where the old "jumping" bridge used to cross the river before it collapsed. No more jumping, but people still swim in the river here, and this is where the locals go to cool off on warm afternoons.

KIL-KARE HOLE: (KILK) Swimming hole in the Little Miami River between Dayton and Xenia, under a bridge that carries the bikeway across the river. In the Little Miami State Scenic Preserve. Clear and cool. Bathing suits are needed at this exposed site. LAT, LON : lat=39.7067, lon=-83.9992(source:Topozone) (accuracy:exact) LINK TO GOOGLE MAP. This report from a visitor in 2010:"I would like to confirm that the location you have for Kil Kare in Ohio is accurate. Very nice place to go. About 15 minute hike to get to location. Rope swing and something to jump off as well, plenty deep and safe."

To get here from Xenia, go west on RT 35 (toward Dayton) and turn north (right) at signs to the "Kil-Kare" speedway (this may be signed either Trebein Rd. or Valley Rd.). Follow the Kil-Kare signs then, when the road crosses the bike path, stop and hike about .25 mile west (to the left) to the bikeway (old railroad) bridge over the Little Miami River. The swimming hole is right at the bridge. Pretty confident. Verified by another. Updated 2/2011.

CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2011



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NELSON LEDGES QUARRY PARK
(NELS)

YOUTUBE
TOWNS CLEVELAND, YOUNGSTOWN, WARREN, GARRETTSVILLE
LAT, LON lat=41.31875, lon=-81.03567(source:map) (accuracy:approximate )
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE OH
WATER Quarry
TYPE Quarry
DESCRIPTION Privately owned quarry park with swimming, camping and other events. Beautiful blue-green water, swimming beach and cliff jumping. Photos and lots of info on their WEB SITE .
AREAS Nelson Ledges Quarry Park (This is NOT the Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park, which is nearby)
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes, see web site
FACILITIES All facilities
ACTIVITIES Swimming, jumping
PHONE 440-548-2716
CAMPING At site
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Youngstown, take RT 422 northwest through Warren then RT 305 west (left) then Nelson Ledge Rd. north (right) to the signs for Nelson Ledges Quarry Park (This is NOT the Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park, which is nearby).
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 2/2011



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PUNDERSON STATE PARK
(PUND)

NO PHOTOS walden's pondA Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond
TOWNS CLEVELAND,CHAGRIN FALLS, BURTON
LAT, LON lat=41.457, lon=,-81.213(source:map) (accuracy:approximate )
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE OH
WATER Lake
TYPE Lake
DESCRIPTION Small swimming beach on a secluded natural lake. Families picnic place, never crowded WEB SITE .
AREAS Punderson State Park
SANCTION Official
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES All facilities
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Water play
PHONE 440.564.2279
CAMPING At site
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From the east side of I-271 (Cleveland Outerbelt) take exit 29 (at Moreland Hills) and RT 87 east (variously named Woodmere, Woodland and Kinsman Rd). Stay on RT 87 east for about 20 miles to signs for Punderson State Park.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 10/2014



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THE TUBBS
(TUBB)

YOUTUBE
YOUTUBE
TOWNS PITTSBURGH (PA), EAST LIVERPOOL (OH), CALCUTTA (OH), FREDERICKTOWN (OH)
LAT, LON (of parking) lat=40.712061 lon=-80.546578 (source: measured by another) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE OH
WATER North Fork of Little Beaver Creek
TYPE Creek
DESCRIPTION This from a fan: "Family-friendly swimming place in creek with 2 pools - one called the baby pool for infants to elderly, and the big tub that’s 10 feet deep . There is no place to swim laps but you can swim against the current in quite a few places. Plenty of room for tanning. There are no septic tanks located anywhere upstream and make this the cleanest body of water in Ohio. No cans, dogs or glass!"

"There is a small cave worth bringing goggles, about 10 feet down and 15 feet back is always full of the biggest fish around. CAUTION: THERE MAY BE STRONG CURRENTS HERE. DANGER - the rocks get HOT and baby strollers get hot fast. Keep babes in the shade unless they are in the water. The sun reflects off the rocks, without sunscreen babes/children can burn fast."

"A free pass is required on most days. To get a pass, you must send a self addressed stamped envelope with a photo copy of your drivers license - you can black out info except name and address and a brief statement/reason as to why you would like a pass. Send this to: Beaverkettle Farms, P.O. Box 60, East Liverpool OH 43920. Most people receive there pass in a week or two. If it takes longer, do it again. The land is privately owned, however is designated a wildlife sanctuary therefore the owners pay no taxes but must keep it open to the public and you must be given a pass upon request. There are 2 constables who are there only on hotter days. DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY GUFF - have your pass on hand. They DO NOT give out passes."
AREAS Beaverkettle wildlife sanctuary
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Jumping
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Pittsburgh (PA) take RT 30 west and cross the Ohio River into Ohio. Keep going on RT 30 until you get to Calcutta and RT 170. Take RT 170 north through Calcutta to Fredericktown. In Fredericktown, just BEFORE RT 170 crosses the bridge over Little Beaver Creek, turn west (left) on Old Fredericktown Rd. where there is some public parking directly across the street from an old white house on the north side of the road (park at 40.712061,-80.546578). This is not where you swim but this is the closest parking.

This from a fan: "From here you walk to the North Fork of Little Beaver Creek on the other side of Fredericktown. Start by walking 50 feet back to the main road (RT 170, Jackson St.), turn left and walk north across the bridge (over Little Beaver Creek) past the church and turn east (right) on Fredericktown Rd.. You are now in a very small 1 block neighborhood - continue walking and, on the far side of the second house on the left, is a path (path at 40.714922,-80.545823 - you'll see a gate saying you need a pass and the rules) that leads to "The Tubbs" (The Tubbs are at 40.71768,-80.545989). The walk from the car is all flat."
CONFIDENCE Pretty confident
VERIFIED By another
DATE UPDATED 12/2013



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WHITE STAR PARK
(WHIT)


PHOTO
PHOTO
TOWNS COLUMBUS, DELAWARE, SUDBURY
LAT, LON lat=41.373137 lon=-83.318731(source: measured by another) (accuracy:approximate)
LINK TO GOOGLE MAP
STATE OH
WATER White Star Quarry
TYPE Quarry/Lake
DESCRIPTION This from a fan: "Unlike any quarry, lake or pond I've ever been in. The beach is fine white sand and the water an extremely clear beautiful teal blue. At the buoy barrier you can very clearly see to the bottom, an easy 15' - 18'. From that point as you gaze into the depths beyond where swimmers are allowed to go the color is a deep royal blue." WEB SITE.
AREAS White Star Park (a Sandusky County park)
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes, $5.00 in 2013
FACILITIES Pit toilets
ACTIVITIES Swimming, diving, (non-motor) boating, hiking
PHONE (419)334-4495
CAMPING Camping at site (some hookups, no reservations)
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS (South of Gibsonburg on S.R. 300, S. Main St.) From the town of Fremont southwest of Sandusky: Take RT 20 (north or west) also referred to as W. State St. to RT 600, which is a smaller road. Left onto 600 to the center of Gibsonburg. Turn left onto S Main St and proceed one mile to the park entrance, also on the left (901 S Main St). Large parking lot, the quarry cannot be missed.
CONFIDENCE Very confident
VERIFIED By another
DATE UPDATED 12/2013


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