Special to 1808Delaware

Alum Creek Lake is a water enthusiast’s paradise. Covering a vast expanse of 3,387 acres, the lake offers a multitude of recreational opportunities for those who love to get their feet wet. The lake is managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, who operate and maintain a dam at the lake’s southern end.

The area south of Cheshire Road is a boater’s delight. With unlimited horsepower and abundant space for skiers, it’s an adrenaline junkie’s dream. Those looking for a more serene experience will find solace in the northern portion of the lake. This no-wake zone offers a tranquil scene with tree-lined shores, shale cliffs, and sheltered inlets perfect for a quiet paddle in a kayak or canoe.

The lake has five public boat launch ramps, including the Marina on Hollenback Road, New Galena Boat Ramp, Cheshire Boat Ramp, Howard Boat Ramp, and one more for campers at the Campground Boat Ramp. Kayaks and canoes can also launch from the Lewis Center Picnic Area, US Route 36/37, and Kilbourne. For a touch of convenience, Alum Creek Marina, reachable at 740-548-6056, offers a full-service experience on Hollenback Road, with 240 slips, boat supplies, snacks, and boat rentals.

Remember, swimming is restricted to authorized swimming areas and boat/swim areas. To ensure safety, life jacket loaner boards are available at the New Galena, Cheshire, and Marina ramps. Boaters seeking a cooling swim can head to Big Run, the Sailing Association Cove, and marked coves just south and north of the US Route 36/37 bridge.

For those who wish to extend their adventure, overnight camping is permitted in the Sailing Association Cove and in marked coves just south and north of the US Route 36/37 bridge.

The far end of the beach offers carry-in access for canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards, keeping them clear of the marked swim zone.

For those with a passion for sailing or those wanting to learn, the Alum Creek Sailing Association offers various programs, including special ones for youth. More information can be found on their website.

For those who wish to secure a dock for the season, the Alum Creek State Park office organizes a dock lottery annually in August. Call 740-548-4631 for details.

Before heading out, always check for water quality advisories to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie seeking high-speed boating thrills, a tranquil paddler exploring quiet inlets, or a sailing enthusiast looking to improve your skills, Alum Creek Lake offers something for everyone. So, put on your life jacket, grab your paddles, and embark on a memorable water adventure.

Source: US Army Corps of Engineers

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