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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.

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Calendar of Events
Full Blue Moon Hike - Lake Hope
Wed Jan 31

6:00 - 8:00 pm.

The second full moon of the month renders it a blue moon. Enjoy a 2-mile hike along the closed Lake Ridge Road to the group camp area for a high vantage point in which to watch the moon.

Bring a flashlight, dress in layers. Meet at the Hope furnace to caravan to the starting point. For more information please call the nature center.

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Lake Hope Owl Prowl
Thu Feb 1

5:30 - 8:00 pm

Join Raccoon Creek Partnership and Pat Quackenbush from Hocking Hills State Park for a night celebrating owls with crafts, treats, and a walk about to listen and look for them. Meet at the dining Lodge. For more information please call the nature center.

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Built By Beaver - Lake Hope
Sat Feb 3

10:00 - 11:00 am.

These industrious little fur-bearers have been - busy beavers - along one of our trails. Check out a dam and lodge up close and maybe even hear that slap of their tail. Prepare for muddy conditions. The walk is less than .5 miles. Meet at the Lake Hope Dam to caravan to the location. For more information call the nature center.

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Ohio Boating Education Course - Lake Hope
Sat Feb 10

8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

A free 8-hour course in boating and water safety designed by Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft. It covers the fundamentals of safe boating: state-required equipment, watercraft laws, navigation Rules of the Road, basic safety and risk management, and aids to navigation. Classes are enhanced with videos, slides, overheads, handouts, and other visual aids. Pre-registration is required. Please call the Lake Hope office to register.

Cost: Free Event - Reg Req

Contact: Lake Hope State Park, Phone: 740-596-4938

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Great Backyard Bird Count - Lake Hope
Sat Feb 17Sun Feb 18

1:00 - 4:00 pm on Saturday, Feb 17th

10:00 am - 2:00 pm on Sunday, Feb 18th

Identify and count birds at the Nature Center as part of the National Audubon Society s annual event to collect data on species trends in the country and around the world. Beginners and experts welcome. Some binoculars provided. For more information please call the Nature Center.

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Tour the Tackle Box - Lake Hope
Fri Mar 2

6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Want to catch that big fish but are confused or a little intimidated at the bait shop. Join Ohio Department of Natural Resources staff as we discuss types of line, bait, and tackle. Practice tying knots and learn a little about some of Ohio s common sport fish species. After this workshop you will be prepared for the fishing season.

Register to be entered to win a tackle box (must be present to win).

Call the nature center to register or for more information.

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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