Shawnee State Park (Ohio)

Coordinates: 38°44′05″N 83°11′54″W / 38.73472°N 83.19833°W / 38.73472; -83.19833
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Shawnee State Park
Scenic landscape
View from Picnic Point
Shawnee State Park is located in Ohio
Shawnee State Park
Shawnee State Park
Location in Ohio
Shawnee State Park is located in the United States
Shawnee State Park
Shawnee State Park
Shawnee State Park (the United States)
LocationScioto County, Ohio, United States
Nearest cityPortsmouth, Ohio
Coordinates38°44′05″N 83°11′54″W / 38.73472°N 83.19833°W / 38.73472; -83.19833[1]
Area1,095 acres (443 ha)
Elevation892 feet (272 m)[1]
Administered byOhio Department of Natural Resources
DesignationOhio state park
WebsiteShawnee State Park

Shawnee State Park is a 1,095-acre (443 ha) public recreation area surrounded by the 63,000-acre (25,000 ha) Shawnee State Forest in Scioto County, Ohio, United States. The park is in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains near the Ohio River in Southern Ohio on State Route 125, just north of Friendship.[2]


The area was once a hunting ground for the Shawnee Indians. The park was first opened in 1922 as Theodore Roosevelt State Game Preserve. The game preserve saw further development and improvements by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The area became a state park and forest following creation of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Division of Parks and Recreation in 1949.[2]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park's recreational activities include golf, fishing, swimming, hiking, and boating on Roosevelt Lake and Turkey Creek Lake. The state park marina on the Ohio River is located on US 52 just west of Friendship.[2] The park's golf course was closed in 2019.[3]



  1. ^ a b "Shawnee State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  2. ^ a b c "Shawnee State Park". Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  3. ^ Potter, Ivy (August 22, 2019). "ODNR states decision to close golf course is definite". Portsmouth Daily Times. Retrieved October 31, 2020.

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