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East Fork Lake is a Reservoir in Clermont, Ohio.

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East Fork Lake is an impoundment of the East Fork of the Little Miami River and two small feeder creeks, Poplar and Cloverlick creeks. Water depth at the dam is normally 113 feet, making it the second deepest lake in Ohio.

Fishing Description: 

East Fork Lake has populations of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, Kentucky spotted bass, bluegill, white and black crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, bigmouth buffalofish, and carp. Hybrid striped bass are stocked annually. Gizzard shad is the main forage species.

Fishing Cover / Structure: 

The shoreline of the lake is steep and rocky in most areas, falling off rapidly into deep water. Both large and small bays containing standing timber and brush are evident around the lake. The upper reaches of Cloverlick and Poplar creeks, along with the main stem, were left uncleared to provide fish habitat.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Crappies are found throughout the lake and can be taken in the spring along rocky shorelines and near standing timber or fallen trees. Use live minnows, wax worms, or small plastic body jigs for crappies.

Bluegills are taken on red worms and wax worms in summer around cover (stumps, brush, and trees), sometimes as deep as 12-18 feet.

Bass can be taken from spring through fall by casting crankbaits, jigs, plastic lures, and live night crawlers near shoreline cover, dropoffs, and bays with flooded timber.

Hybrid striped bass can be found in the open water areas of the lake throughout the year or in the upper end of the main tributary during spring. Live bait for hybrid stripers includes chicken liver, night crawlers, or live shad; lures include jigs, crankbaits, and heavy spoons. During summer and fall, look for and cast into surface activity when hybrid stripers chase schools of shad.

Channel and flathead catfish can be caught throughout the lake using chicken livers, cut shad, and large live chubs or sunfish.

Facilities and Parks: 

East Fork State Park offers a modern campground, horseman’s camping, cedar cabins, camper cabins, swimming beaches, picnic areas, shelter houses, horse riding trails, hiking and backpacking trails, and mountain bike trails.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides parking and fishing access to the tailwater area below the dam. A map of East Fork Wildlife Area is available.


East Fork State Park
3294 Elklick Road, Bethel, OH 45106
513-734-4323 or 866-644-6727 for camping and getaway rental reservations

East Fork State Park camping offers:

384 electric sites
5 full-hookup sites
The campground offers showers, flush toilets, drinking water, a camper's beach, and boat ramp.
Pets are permitted in designated areas.
A 17-site horsemen's camp is also available


4 Spacious Cedar Cabins with all the amenities of a fully-equipped RV are available for daily or weekly rental
4 camper cabins may also be rented spring through fall
Pets are not permitted in the Getaway Rental units or area

Boat Ramp: 

The six public boat ramps are named as follows: Dam, Tate (a.k.a. Bantam), North Shore, Reisinger Road (a.k.a. Bethel), Campground, and Tunnel Mill.


Horsepower limits and other boating regulations are subject to change. Contact the ODNR Division of Wildlife for the most current information.


Wildlife District Five
1076 Old Springfield Pike
Xenia, OH 45385
Telephone 937/372-9261.

Directions to Lake: 

East Fork Lake is situated off SR 222, two miles south of Batavia and 25 miles east of Cincinnati. Access to the north side of the lake is from Batavia-Williamsburg Rd. (old OH 32). Access to the south side is from SR 125.

East Fork Lake
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