Location and Description
Caesar Creek Lake became established in 1978 through construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). It is located near Waynesville in Warren County and features a 2,830-acre lake that is surrounded by a 4,700 state park and 2,500-acre wildlife area. A full-service marina and a number of public launch ramps provide boating access to the lake.
The Marina at Caesar Creek opened in April 2016 and features a harbormaster building as well as leased and transient docks. The building includes a retail area (boating accessories, clothing, fishing equipment, live bait, ice, etc.), concession area offering ice cream, sandwiches and beverages with indoor seating; public restrooms; and outside deck with seating area and water fountain. Exclusive features for boat dock leaseholders include showers and laundry facilities. The marina offers fuel (ethynol-free 89 octane) and pump out stations.
Caesar Creek Q and A Sheet [63 Kb PDF]
Marina Construction Schedule
Last Revised 5/21/2015 [814 Kb PDF]
ODNR plans to establish a full-service recreational boating marina at Caesar Creek Lake through a public-private partnership.
Caesar Creek Lake currently is served by four non-fee and one fee-paid (state park campground) public access boat ramps. The state park allows overnight boat camping only in designated on-water areas.
Warren County is among the fastest growing counties in Ohio. Outdoors recreation is highly popular in the region, including its signature park – Caesar Creek State Park. In 2014, there were 9,570 registered watercraft in Warren County, ranking it No. 12 among Ohio’s 88 counties in terms of registered watercraft. Boating is big business in Ohio and generates millions of dollars in tourism, lodging and other related recreation spending. Approximately 99 percent of Ohio’s estimated 11.5 million residents live within 36 miles of a waterway that can accommodate a power boat.
While Caesar Creek Lake does not have a boat motor horsepower restriction, it is the largest body of water in southwest Ohio that does not feature a full-service marina. As a result, some area boaters elect to enjoy marina facilities and boating activities in nearby Indiana and Kentucky. Establishing a full-service marina is sure to attract the attention and patronage of many Ohio boaters, thus providing added positive economic support to the Caesar Creek area.
Long Term Plan
The long-term plan for the Marina at Caesar Creek is to build, operate and maintain a well-designed, attractive and sustainable marina that provides a range of economic, social, and ecological benefits for the area. Using public investment as a tool to attract and encourage private investment provides ODNR an excellent opportunity that will help to maintain, manage, and construct the planned improvements. Included in the long-term plan is expanding the range of recreational opportunities available and developing additional marina and park facilities that support a broad range of users.
It is ODNR’s vision to see this facility generate sufficient revenue to:
- Fully cover or exceed the required annual state (public) investment.
- Minimize maintenance (costs and labor) for infrastructure and other improvements.
- To successfully secure investment by a private partner to implement the South Harbor.
- To provide a minimum of 110 slips
- To have the private partner oversee management and maintenance of the marina facility within two years of ODNR’s initial investment in development of the north harbor.
- Initial construction began in February, 2015 and was completed in April, 2016. The marina is opening for its first season; a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in mid-May. (Posted 4/25/2016)
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Additional park information may be found on the Caesar Creek State Park web page.