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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 Moon Hike
Mon Aug 7

8:00 - 10:30 pm

Join the naturalist for a 3-mile hike along the edge of the lake in search of the full moon and other night time creatures. Sturdy footwear and bug repellent are recommended. Meet at the Lake Hope shelter House just past the Boat House.

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Kayaking Introduction Event
Fri Aug 11

3:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Limited availability. First come, first served. Ages 12 and up. Bring water and prepare to get wet.

All courses are introductory, 1.5 hours long and meant to get you familiar with the parts, safety concerns and paddling techniques of a kayak or SUP.

Nature Center Hours: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-4:00 pm

Hungry Hummingbirds: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-3:00 pm

Hand-feed ruby-throated hummingbirds at the nature center.

Cost: Free Event / Equip Provided

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Insect Investigations
Sat Aug 12

10:00 am

Find out what makes it an insect then try to find them. Prepare to get wet and dirty. some bug nets and containers provided.

Meet at the Hope Furnace.

Nature Center Hours: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-4:00 pm

Hungry Hummingbirds: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-3:00 pm Hand-feed ruby-throated hummingbirds at the nature center.

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Archery
Sun Aug 13

10:00 am

Learn how to shoot a bow and arrows. All equipment will be provided.

Meet the naturalist below the Lake Hope Dam.

Nature Center Hours: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-4:00 pm

Hungry Hummingbirds: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-3:00 pm Hand-feed ruby-throated hummingbirds at the nature center.

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Standup Paddle Boarding
Wed Aug 16

4:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Limited availability. First come, first served. Ages 12 and up. Bring water and prepare to get wet.

All courses are introductory, 1.5 hours long and meant to get you familiar with the parts, safety concerns and paddling techniques of a kayak or SUP.

Nature Center Hours: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-4:00 pm

Hungry Hummingbirds: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-3:00 pm

Hand-feed ruby-throated hummingbirds at the nature center.

Cost: Free Event / Equip Provided

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Standup Paddle Boarding
Thu Aug 17

6:00 pm

Limited availability. First come, first served. Ages 12 and up. Bring water and prepare to get wet.

All courses are introductory, 1.5 hours long and meant to get you familiar with the parts, safety concerns and paddling techniques of a kayak or SUP.

Nature Center Hours: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-4:00 pm

Hungry Hummingbirds: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-3:00 pm

Hand-feed ruby-throated hummingbirds at the nature center.

Cost: Free Event / Equip Provided

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Standup Paddle Boarding
Sat Aug 19

5:00 pm and 7:00 pm

Limited availability. First come, first served. Ages 12 and up. Bring water and prepare to get wet.

All courses are introductory, 1.5 hours long and meant to get you familiar with the parts, safety concerns and paddling techniques of a kayak or SUP.

Nature Center Hours: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-4:00 pm

Hungry Hummingbirds: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-3:00 pm

Hand-feed ruby-throated hummingbirds at the nature center.

Cost: Free Event / Equip Provided

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest,
Solar Eclipse Viewing
Mon Aug 21

2:00 pm

Watch the moon eat the sun during the peak of what will be a partial solar eclipse. Eye protection provided. You don't want to miss it, the next one will not be until 2024.

Meet at the Dining Lodge.

Nature Center Hours: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-4:00 pm

Hungry Hummingbirds: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-3:00 pm Hand-feed ruby-throated hummingbirds at the nature center.

Cost: Free Event

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

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Kayak Fishing at Lake Hope
Sun Sep 10

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Learn how to fish from a kayak. For ages 12 and up, fishing license required for participants 16 and older.

Sign up at the Lake Hope Nature Center by Friday, September 8th.

Nature Center Hours: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-4:00 pm

Hungry Hummingbirds: Thu/Sat/Sun 1:00-3:00 pm Hand-feed ruby-throated hummingbirds at the nature center.

Cost: Free Event/Must Register

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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