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Welcome to life at Buckeye Lake

Whether you spend a day, a weekend, or choose to reside waterside at Buckeye Lake in Central Ohio - you will find life here to be very special. Buckeye Lake is in a renaissance, and our thriving business community is rich in expertise and scope. We welcome you to EXPLORE BUCKEYE LAKE.

 
 

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Local Community Organizations

One of the great things about Buckeye Lake is the sense of community. The Buckeye Lake Region touches three counties, four townships, and visitors from near and far. Life at the lake is thriving due to partnership, collaboration, and communication. Please visit these integral community partners to learn even more about Buckeye Lake. To get the most up to date information on the lake itself - water levels, etc, see the website for Buckeye Lake State Park, hosted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Click to expand the map in a printable PDF format. Map courtesy of ODNR.

Click to expand the map in a printable PDF format. Map courtesy of ODNR.

 
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EXPLORE BUCKEYE LAKE was originally an initiative of the Buckeye Lake Shopper Reporter. Launched in September 2017, we envision this digital publication to be a HUGE opportunity for local businesses, area attractions, and civic organizations to gain larger regional exposure. Explorebuckeyelake.com is filling a need for quality tourism information and capitalizing on what is promising to be a very exciting time for our new-and-improved Buckeye Lake. Watch this page for updates and news releases, or subscribe to our email list to receive updates as they are issued!

News and Press Releases

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Buckeye Lake Region Corporation Donates Significant Funds to Assist Restoration Efforts for the Queen of the Lake III

Historic Sternwheeler will serve as a Key Attraction for Visitors to the Buckeye Lake Region

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Life on the lake can be laid back and luxurious. Our local realtors, housing developments, contractors, building suppliers, and craftsmen can ensure you find the services you need to make life on the lake a long term possibility.

Life on the lake can be laid back and luxurious. Our local realtors, housing developments, contractors, building suppliers, and craftsmen can ensure you find the services you need to make life on the lake a long term possibility.

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Life on the Lake

Buckeye Lake isn't only a place to visit, it's a place to live to the fullest. Enjoy the upscale living of Heron Bay, the camaraderie and cozy surroundings of condo life at the Landings at Maple Bay, or find a home in an established neighborhood and add your own personal touch. We have plenty of local realtors, contractors, and specialty retailers to make life on the lake a reality. Browse our list of featured vendors to get a feel for what life on the like is like! 

FEATURED BUSINESSES:

Life on the water is what makes Buckeye Lake so special.

Life on the water is what makes Buckeye Lake so special.

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Buckeye Lake State Park

The extensive work of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has been integral in the the rebirth of Buckeye Lake State Park, the State of Ohio's Oldest State Park. Life on the water is a large part of what makes life here so wonderful. Enjoy watersports of all varieties - launch your boat at nine public boat ramps. The Lake is designated for as an unlimited horsepower lake, but it's common to see boats of all types on the water. Bring out your sailboat, pontoon, kayak or canoe. To see current water levels and damn updates, visit the ODNR website.

BOATING RESOURCES:

BEACHES:

  • Fairfield Beach

  • Crystal Beach on Crane Lake

  • Buckeye Beach Park


Buckeye Lake Moose Lodge 2434

Buckeye Lake Moose Lodge 2434

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Clubs 

If you’re out at the lake for the evening or the weekend and are a member, stop by at your club!

  • Buckeye Lake Yacht Club

  • Amvets

  • Eagles

  • Moose


Life on the water is what makes Buckeye Lake so special, and Fisher's Marina has been serving boaters' needs since 1957.

Life on the water is what makes Buckeye Lake so special, and Fisher's Marina has been serving boaters' needs since 1957.

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Fisher's Marina

Fisher's Marina is Ohio's oldest pontoon dealer. In 1957, Fisher's started selling Harris Flotebote - and they still offer that great brand today! Not only is Fisher’s Marina a long time pontoon dealer, but they are also a long time outboard dealer. Fisher’s Marina sells and services Evinrude outboards, and has done so since 1945. With their longtime commitment to the recreation needs of the central Ohio region since 1912, our five generations of family to work and run the marina. Our family welcomes you to the marina as you EXPLORE BUCKEYE LAKE! Stop by, visit their website, or call with any questions.

CONTACT FISHER'S MARINA

  • Fisher's Marina, 3227 Fisher Ave., Millersport, OH

  • Call: 740-467-2905


An amazing selection of boats and on-the-water needs awaits you at Buckeye Lake Marina.

An amazing selection of boats and on-the-water needs awaits you at Buckeye Lake Marina.

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Buckeye Lake Marina

Buckeye Lake Marina is family-owned and operated and conveniently located in Millersport, OH. Buckeye Lake Marina provides customers with the latest and best in watersports products to make outdoor living more enjoyable. From the most recent in boating technology to the hottest new personal watercraft, Buckeye Lake Marina can help you find the recreational vehicle that's made for you. Combine this wide array of selections with a friendly and knowledgeable staff, and we're convinced Buckeye Lake Marina will become a favorite stop for all of your on-the-water needs. Visit Buckeye Lake Marina at 2920 Canal Street, Millersport, OH or call at (740) 467-2697. Learn more by exploring their website at https://www.buckeyelakemarina.com or visit their Facebook page!


A view of Cranberry Bog 

A view of Cranberry Bog 

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Cranberry Bog

Cranberry Bog is an incredibly unique 50 acre segment of the lake. In 1830, swamp land was impounded to create Buckeye Lake. As the waters filled the land, the majority of the swamp was destroyed. Surprisingly, the newest parts of the swamp actually floated to the top and expanded. This natural anomaly is only accessible by boat and by permit only. The island houses rare orchids, carnivorous plants, and is Ohio's ONLY bog island. When water levels rise, the Buckeye Lake Historical Society organizes tours to the island. To learn more about the island and its plant inhabitants, click the button below to download a brochure from ODNR.


The Buckeye Lake Historical Society is part museum, part events master!

The Buckeye Lake Historical Society is part museum, part events master!

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The Buckeye Lake Historical Society

The Buckeye Lake Historical Society is quietly making a lot of noise! Part museum, part Lake events hub, BLSR plays an incredibly important role in telling the story of where the lake has been while charting its course forward. Visit the museum for a glimpse of life at the lake in the early 1900s. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 1-4pm. See their events calendar to keep an eye on boat tours, special events and talks on Buckeye Lake history.

UPCOMING EVENTS:


Love golf? Perfect - Buckeye Lake is a great place to call home base while you explore golf courses in three different counties. Head out for a day on the green, then head back to the Lake to wind down. A perfect combination!

Love golf? Perfect - Buckeye Lake is a great place to call home base while you explore golf courses in three different counties. Head out for a day on the green, then head back to the Lake to wind down. A perfect combination!

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Golf Courses

Buckeye Lake is the perfect starting point to discover a wealth of golf courses! Within a 5-20 minute drive, you will find courses that make a day on the green pure pleasure. Stay close to the water at Harbor Hills or venture out to Granville to visit the Denison Golf Club. Want a break from the clubs? Switch to disc and head to Evans Park. At the Lake, we have you covered! 

NEARBY COURSES:

  • Harbor Hills Country Club

  • Burning Tree Golf Course

  • Evans Park Disc Golf

  • Indian Hills Golf Course

  • Coyote Run Golf Course

  • Denison Golf Club

Buckeye Lake's floor expert for over 35 years!

Buckeye Lake's floor expert for over 35 years!

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Wall to Wall Floors

Wall to Wall Floors is your one-stop flooring expert for sales and service in the Buckeye Lake Region and beyond. Wall to Wall offers a huge selection of styles and materials to choose from, and they provide installation and removal services. Wall to Wall Floors is a full-service flooring business, and their experienced team of professionals can help you select the right material for your home and handle the installation, too. For over 35 years, Wall to Wall Floors has been providing the central Ohio area with great flooring options and unparalleled service. Call  740-467-9038 or complete their online form today for a free estimate. You can also visit the Wall to Wall Floors showcase at 12450 Lancaster Street, Millersport, Ohio, 43046; be sure to visit them online, too, at http://wall2wallfloors.com/

 

 

 


Buckeye Lake KOA - the classic A-Frame camp office

Buckeye Lake KOA - the classic A-Frame camp office

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Buckeye Lake KOA

 

Welcome to Columbus’ Campground

Snuggled in a charming lakefront village just 30 minutes from Downtown Columbus, one of the fastest growing cities in America, our award-winning campground sits on 40-acres and offers impeccably clean facilities, RV sites, deluxe cabins, and s’more. We have activities for guests of all ages – from scavenger hunts and pumpkin painting to wine tasting and bingo. Come take a dip in our heated pool, bounce around on our jumping pillow and experience our world-famous pancakes. Our team is here to make sure you have the best time, every time. We look forward to seeing you around the campfire.

Come Experience the Midwest’s Favorite Place to Camp!

Contact info:  Please call 740-928-0706
Website:  www.buckeyelakekoa.com

 


Explore living on the lake by calling e-Merge Real Estate!
 
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Lisa Stewart, HER Realtors

Lisa Stewart is a full time, dedicated REALTOR, specializing in the Buckeye Lake Region and all of Licking, Fairfield and Perry Counties. Lisa has been a resident and property owner in Licking County for more than 30 years. Her passion about the Buckeye Lake Region is evident. She brings many years of selling and involvement in the area to the table, which is critical as Buckeye Lake is a very unique area.

"My goal is to help my clients through what can often be a stressful time in their lives, and take that burden away with my expertise, attention to detail and knowledge. I love helping my clients through this process and making it fun, too! I'm also dedicated to being involved - both in the communities I serve, and in the Real Estate profession. This is often the largest purchase or sale that people make and I can make it a smooth transaction! 

Contact Lisa Stewart at:
(740)814-0166
mlisastewart@gmail.com
http://www.herrealtors.com/lisastewart

 

 


Explore living on the lake by calling e-Merge Real Estate!

Explore living on the lake by calling e-Merge Real Estate!

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e-Merge Real Estate (Marnita Swickard & Michelle Blizzard)

 

With their thumbs on the pulse of the real estate market and current affairs at Buckeye Lake, Marnita Swickard and Michelle Blizzard have a great sense of knowing what to buy and when to sell. They provide a competitive edge for their clients by learning that the best way to face today’s challenges and demands is by having the ability to change with the times.

Their exceptional business, sales and marketing skills, and unparalleled talent for reading and working with people of all kinds, make them a genuine asset to anyone looking to venture into buying or selling a property. Their commitment to the highest ethical standards is the foundation from which they build solid business relationships for life.

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Contact Marnita Swickard and Michelle Blizzard at:
(614) 419-0478
www.buckeyelake.com

 

 


Cat and Howard Team  LIVE  are ready to help you find your dream home at Buckeye Lake!

Cat and Howard Team LIVE are ready to help you find your dream home at Buckeye Lake!

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Cat and Howard Team LIVE,
KW Greater Columbus,
Cat and Howard Everitt

You're ready to sell your property. And, while you're looking forward to seeing the word "SOLD" posted from the curb, you know there's a lot to consider along the way. One of your first decisions is to select a real estate team who'll join you in the process.

You deserve much more than a sign in the yard, fliers in a box and an occasional open house. You deserve the team who will be at your side, from listing to closing, ensuring that your property sells smoothly and you get the most money possible from the sale. When thinking of buying or selling a home, Cat and Howard Team LIVE, is the team that goes "above and beyond".

  • Google Business Page, 5 Star Reviews

  • Buckeye Lake Residents

  • 38 years in all aspects of the real estate business

  • Members of Columbus Realtors and Licking County Board of Realtors

  • Members of Buckeye Lake Chamber of Commerce & Buckeye Lake Civic Association

Call Cat or Howard Everitt, with Keller Williams, the largest real estate company in the world!

Direct Line-Cat: 614-805-7955

Direct Line-Howard: 614-332-5627

Website: catandhowardteamlive.com

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Commodore Bank has served a four county area since 1928.

Commodore Bank has served a four county area since 1928.

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Commodore Bank

Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow....Your Financial Solutions. Commodore Bank is here to help you finance your dream at the Lake! Your local lenders making local decisions. On December 26, 1817 the county of Perry was formed from Fairfield, Washington, and Muskingum Counties. The naming of Perry County derived from the victorious naval commander Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, who is a famous American War Hero after defeating the British in a naval battle in 1813. Commodore Bank derives its name from that famous American war hero, and the tall ship in the bank’s logo is a rendering of the US Brig Niagara, which Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry sailed, fought, and defeated the British with on Lake Erie in 1813. The rendering of the Brig Niagara reflects the history, strength, service, tradition and pride of COMMODORE BANK.

Since 1928, Commodore Bank has been serving the residents and business of a four county area with headquarters in Somerset, Ohio. With offices in Millersport, Somerset, and Hebron; Commodore Bank strives to continue its foundation of having great Hometown Community Spirit and Hometown Community Pride.

Get the addresses of all Commodore bank locations and get more information at: https://www.commodorebank.com/

 

 


Buckeye Lake has food for all palates! Grab a craft beer or locally produced wine, too! Fine dining and causal fare are available around the lake.

Buckeye Lake has food for all palates! Grab a craft beer or locally produced wine, too! Fine dining and causal fare are available around the lake.

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Culinary Delights

Whether you are celebrating a special life event or just want to grab a beer and catch up with your neighbors, Buckeye Lake has you covered. The Buckeye Lake Winery and Buckeye Lake Yacht Club both supply on the water fine dining while local gems like Weldon's Ice Cream, Pizza Cottage, and Papa Boo's provide delicious treats and a fun environment for the whole family. Explore our Featured Restaurants below! 

A SMALL SAMPLING OF CULINARY DELIGHTS:

  • Beach House

  • Buckeye Bourbon House

  • Buckeye Lake Beer Pier

  • Buckeye Lake Brewery

  • Buckeye Lake Cantina

  • Buckeye Lake Waterfront

  • Buckeye Lake Winery

  • Buckeye Lake Yacht Club

  • Chef Shack at Buckeye Lake Brewery

  • Clay's Café

  • Copper Penny

  • Dips on the Lake (Johnson's Ice Cream)

  • Dragon Village

  • Fairfield Beach Carryout

  • Island House

  • Lake Side Nutrition

  • Lucky's Bar and Grill

  • Mill Dam

  • Mill Dam

  • North Shore Coffee House

  • Old Canal Restaurant

  • Our Lake Diner

  • Papa Boo's

  • Pizza Cottage

  • Port Smoke House

  • RnR Bait and Tackle

  • Sunset Inn

  • TC Market

  • Thai Palace

  • Vinberge Winery

  • Weldon's Ice Cream


AMVETS Post 51 in Thornville, Ohio

AMVETS Post 51 in Thornville, Ohio

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AMVETS Post 51

 

AMVETS Post 51 has a long history and active membership in the Buckeye Lake community. A membership based organization, AMVETS Post 51 is open to the public for lunch Monday through Friday from 11am-2pm and for an amazing ALL YOU CAN EAT Breakfast Buffet is May thru September only and open to the public on Sundays from 9am-Noon. October thru April order from the menu. AMVETS Post 51 features a great deck and dock for fun and fellowship. The deck opens at 4pm Monday through Friday and 2pm on weekends. To learn more about AMVETS Post 51, call (740) 246-4880 o Visit their Facebook page or check out their NEW website!

 


The Port Smokehouse in Thornville, Ohio

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The Port Smokehouse

The Port Smokehouse is one of the best spots on Buckeye Lake to eat, drink, and enjoy great entertainment; it opens the last weekend of April every season. People come from the entire tri-state region for the great smokehouse food and wonderful company. The Port is accessible by land and water - reach us from the lake by way of the Thornport Channel past the lighthouse. We have easy docking, smooth water, and an easily accessible channel. By land, The Port is two miles south of I-70 exit 132 and 1 block west of the Rt 13 - Honeycreek Road Intersection. Once on site, savor an outstanding authentic barbecue menu which includes beef brisket, pulled pork, and award winning ribs - all of which are dry rubbed and served with our homemade sides and homemade sauces. Enjoy the fresh air and sun in the Beer Garden under an umbrella, dine inside the smokehouse, or under a 40 foot pavilion. In the evening enjoy your dinner with live entertainment under the stars. We welcome you to try the best of Buckeye Lake at the Port Smokehouse!

CONTACT THE PORT SMOKEHOUSE

  • The Port Smokehouse, 9308 Thorn Twp Road 79 NW, Thornville, OH 43076

  • Call: 740-246-5000


The Copper Penny Tavern

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The Copper Penny Tavern

The Copper Penny Tavern in Thornville, Ohio, features casual waterfront dining in a no-frills, fun environment. The Copper Penny Tavern is located on Township Road 403, just off Honey Creek Road in Thornville. They offer easy access to boaters with multiple docks. Entertainment continues year round at the Copper Penny Tavern with everything from jam nights to bike night and live music. Enjoy the fun of lake life with a stop at The Copper Penny - by land or by lake! To see current specials and the most up to date entertainment lineup, see their Facebook page here. Visit The Copper Penny at 15396 Township Road 403, Thornville, Ohio or call (740) 246-4651.


Weldon's Ice Cream - family owned and operated since 1930

Weldon's Ice Cream - family owned and operated since 1930

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Weldon's Ice Cream

 

Sit back, relax and enjoy ice cream on the porch of Buckeye Lake in Millersport, Ohio. Weldon's has spawned so many memories throughout the years - visit and build yours. To residents and visitors alike, the day isn't complete until a visit to Weldon's at Sunfish Bay. Boaters anchor or tie up and make their way to the factory for a taste of real homemade ice cream. Experience the history, the amazing home made ice cream, and the Buckeye Lake charm that is Weldon's Ice Cream! To learn more, visit their Facebook page! Weldon's is located at 2887 Canal Drive, Millersport, Ohio, 43046. They can be reached by phone (740) 467-2400.