Deer Creek State Park RV & Campground Guide

Ohio

Right in the heart of Ohio’s verdant agricultural country, Deer Creek State Park is a great vacation spot in central Ohio. Meadows and woodlands surround the scenic reservoir, and the resort park has a lodge, cottages, a golf course, a swim beach, and plentiful boating. 

Weather in central Ohio gets quite chilly in winter, with an average low in January of 15°F. Summers are mild as well, with highs just in the mid-80s. And judging from the abundant greenery, it’s no wonder the park gets an average of 6-9 days of rain each month. 

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Weather
Spring 28-73 F
Summer 57-84 F
Fall 33-77 F
Winter 15-40 F
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Nearby Cities
Mt. Sterling, OH
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Deer Creek State Park

Camping is available at 232 sites with electric hookups at the park. There are showers, flush toilets, and a dump station nearby. There are a variety of courts for games like volleyball, basketball, and pickleball, two playgrounds, and a mini golf course. Bicycles can be rented at the camp office. If you choose to rent an RV, consider renting with RVshare. Each rental vehicle comes with nationwide insurance coverage, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a dedicated team that will work to make sure you have the perfect RV for your travel plans and unique needs.   

There are also several nearby campgrounds where you can stay while you visit the park:

Deer Creek Camping Resort

Along Deer Creek, about half a mile east of Deer Creek Dam, is this campground - a great place to relax or to sit by the pool and splash. ​

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes 
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: n/a
  • Pet friendly: yes

A.W. Marion State Park Campground

Enjoy the lake at this Ohio state park, with its boating, fishing, and a beach just for furry friends. 

  • Water hookup: no
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wi-Fi: no
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: fishing, swimming (from boat), dog beach

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What to Do at
Deer Creek State Park

Inside Deer Creek State Park

There are a number of things to do at Deer Creek State Park.

Boating: Unlimited horsepower boating is permitted on Deer Creek reservoir. There are two boat launch ramps to provide lake access, and a marina has fuel, boat rentals, and dock rentals. Boaters can swim from their boats in designated boat-swim areas. 

Disc Golf: There is an 18-hole disc golf course and one practice hole at the park. Disc golf equipment can be rented at the camp store. 

Fishing: Deer Creek Lake is known for its early spring saugeye fishing, along with catfish, largemouth bass, and crappie. Anglers are required to have a valid Ohio fishing license.

Golf: The park is home to a 350-acre, 18-hole golf course near the lodge. There are 10 ponds and 46 sand traps along the course to challenge golfers. 

Hunting: There is excellent waterfowl hunting around the lake, and fourteen hunting blinds are issued each season. There is also an archery range in the wildlife area. Hunters are required to have a valid Ohio hunting license. 

Swimming: There is a swim beach with picnic tables and grills. A boat-swim area is also located in the cove near the lodge. 

Hiking: There are eight hiking trails throughout the park, ranging from easy to moderately difficult.

Winter activities: There is sledding, ice fishing, ice skating, and snowmobiling available during the winter months.

Outside Deer Creek State Park

There’s plenty to do outside the park as well! From taking in the local sights to relaxing with a tasty bite to eat, once you’ve explored the park, try one of these activities. 

Restaurants

Ben & Joy’s Restaurant

A buffet restaurant with a salad bar, fried chicken, baked steak, mashed potatoes, and more. Be sure to save room for homemade pie for dessert!

Type: Buffet

Location: Mt. Sterling, OH

Rafter’s at Deer Creek

You can dine at the Rafter’s restaurant inside Deer Creek Lodge. The menu features bistro-style food and crowd (and kid)-pleasers like burgers, pizza, and mac and cheese.

Type: Bistro

Location: Mt. Sterling, OH

The Dairy Freeze

The Dairy Freeze has been open for more than 60 years, and serves up hot dogs, sandwiches, burgers, wraps...and of course, ice cream! Stop in for a meal or for a tasty, frosty treat on a hot afternoon.

Type: Burgers

Location: Mt. Sterling, OH

Shopping

Bambi’s Farm Market

Shop for seasonal produce from local farms, as well as jams, jellies, local honey, canned produce, and other local offerings.

Location: Circleville, OH

Sightseeing

Stage’s Pond

A 178-acre glacial kettle lake that is now a state nature preserve and wildlife refuge, this area is a great place to birdwatch!

Location: Circleville Area, OH

Adena Mansion & Gardens

This restored home of Thomas Worthington - the sixth governor of Ohio - is now part of the Ohio Historical Society, and is one of its premier sites. Visit Worthington’s restored 1807 mansion, and pop into the museum and visitor center to learn more about life in the area in the early 1800s.

Location: Chillicothe, OH

Deer Creek Wildlife Area

The wildlife area adjacent to Deer Creek Lake features rolling hills and flat, grassy stretches. There are some trees and brush, and wide open prairie as well. It’s a great place for birdwatching or spotting furry creatures like raccoons, opossums, muskrats, and mink.

Location: Sterling, OH

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How to Get to
Deer Creek State Park

The park is about half an hour from Columbus, Ohio. Take I-71 S, then take exit 94 for US 62/OH-3. Turn left onto OH-3/US-62 W. Take State Rte. 207 S to Waterloo Rd. in Monroe Township. Turn left onto E. Columbus St., then turn right to stay on E. Columbus. Turn left onto State Rte. 207S/Yankeetown St. Then, turn right onto Waterloo Rd.

The address for the park is 20635 State Park Road 20, Mt. Sterling. 

Entering Deer Creek State Park

There is no entrance fee for the park.

Heading out camping with friends or family is a great way to make new memories and have adventures together! Renting an RV with RVshare takes a lot of stress off of you and makes the trip easier to plan. Whether you choose to rent an RV near your home and drive, or fly into Ohio and rent an RV, you’re sure to have a trip you won’t soon forget! We would love to see pictures of your travels - be sure to send us photos of your trip to [email protected] and tag us on social media. Your memories could be featured on our blog, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page!