Buckeye Lake, just 30 minutes east of Columbus, is the optimal city-life escape for all things lake, land + leisure. From dining or shopping, to walking, biking, and watersports, there’s something at Buckeye Lake for everyone!
Buckeye Lake History
The destination was once the go-to hub for regional tourism and recreational activity – being dubbed “Ohio’s Playground” in its prime. Built in 1826, the lake was a feeder for the canal system, making it a popular pit-stop for transporters and tourists traveling the Ohio Erie Canals.
Since the early days, the Buckeye Lake region has adapted to meet modern tourists’ wants and needs. Recognizable names like Weldon’s Ice Cream have remained tried-and-true attractions, while new businesses like Millersport Coffee continue to pop up, adding to the community-first, friendly neighborhoods.
Buckeye Lake in 2021
Now, Buckeye Lake offers modern-day tourists the chance to unwind and explore without venturing far. The lake offers kayaking, pontoon tours and a paddlewheel boat tour for water enthusiasts during the summer months, as well as activities for those looking to stay on dry land and simply enjoy lake views. Explore the Buckeye Lake Art Gallery and Studios, check out the designated drive for bird spotting around the lake, enjoy golfing options and visit the Charles Holliday Bridge (one of the 17 original covered bridges in Fairfield County).
Recommended kayak/bike rentals
Buckeye Lake Kayaking: Renting kayaks and canoes. Launch from the Fairfield Beach Boat Ramp.
Lakebound Outfitters: Renting kayaks, canoes, bicycles, and fishing gear. You can also purchase fishing license, bait and gear, camping gear, and gift items, apparel, and more in the cutest shop!
Buckeye Lighthouse, 4894 Walnut Road. Rent from a fleet of bicycles, longboards, scooters, and kid bikes to have fun while you explore Buckeye Lake! In addition to popular rentals, The Lighthouse offers a selection of lake-themed merchandise, gifts, and home décor with great style and prices. The shop is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am – 8pm.
Buckeye Lake Dam-Walking & Biking Trail, 2871 Leibs Island Road Northeast
A 4-mile shoreline path across the top of the dam that connects the North Shore to Lieb’s Island and offers a variety of areas for fishing and relaxation. Three access points- Leibs Island Boat Ramp, Sellers Point off Rt 360 and Sellers Road, and North Shore Boat Ramp in the Village of Buckeye Lake. Rent a bike from one of the options above, or take a stroll instead.
Events + Activities
Aside from enjoying lake life in the warm months, Buckeye Lake is full of activities to keep visitors and locals of all ages entertained while in town. Enjoy live music, festivals + markets, yoga and sip + paint classes. Check back often for new events.
Paint & Sip events – Vinberige Vineyards is hosting monthly events for art enthusiasts + beginners alike. Grab your tickets and let your creative juices flow.
OKTOBERFEST at Horvath’s Harbor. Saturday, October 16. Authentic German fare, Hofbrauhaus brews, German music, contests and THE Ohio State University alumni band! Get you picture taken with the Ohio State Alumni Band and have them sign your OSU merchandise. Details here.
Dining + Drinking
Buckeye Lake Winery offers stunning views of the water, indoor + outdoor seating and delicious bottles to share with those at your table. The winery hosts events all year long, like live music and yoga! Buckeye Lake Winery works directly with growers in California to bring the Napa Valley experience to Ohio.
Take in the views all weekend! Check out these lodging options when planning your trip:
If you are planning a visit, check out the new Escape to Buckeye Lake website or download the mobile app to plan your trip ahead of time. The app allows users to create an itinerary and share it with their friends and family via social media, email, or SMS. Planning your getaway just got easier!