A. W. Marion State Park
Geography and history of the area
A. W. Marion State Park is in the till plain of eastern Ohio. The till plain is flat or rolling hills that has very fertile soil. It comes from the glaciers that covered America over 10,000 years ago. The Hargus Creek goes through the center of the park. The Adena settled here 2,000 years ago because of the fertile soil. In 1948, the Division of Parks and Recreation dammed up the Hargus Creek with an earthen dam. In 1962, the park was renamed the A. W. Marion State Park in honor of the first director of the Department of Natural Resources, who was a Pickaway County native.
There are a total of five miles (8 km) of trails that go all around the lake. The Red marked trail is not an approved trail and whoever constructed it did so without regard to drainage, landscape features, or wildlife usage. The Deer Creek State Park office has no knowledge of any approvals for this trail and does not want it to be used or maintained.
Wildlife indigenous to the area includes Fox squirrel, Ring-neck Pheasant, a variety of Songbird, a variety of waterfowl including Mallard and the occasional Loon, Great Blue Heron, Black racer snake, Red fox, and White-tailed deer.
Boating and fishing
Boats with electric motors and rowing boats are the only kinds allowed on the lake. There is 145 acres (0.587 km2) of water. The lake is stocked with Largemouth bass, Muskellunge, Bluegill and Channel catfish.