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Shawnee State Park
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View from Picnic Point
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Location Scioto County, Ohio, United States
Nearest city Portsmouth, Ohio
Area 1,095 acres (443 ha)
Elevation 892 feet (272 m)
Established 1922
Administered by Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Designation Ohio state park
Website Shawnee 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.


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.

Activities and amenities

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. The park's golf course was closed in 2019.


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