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Hargus Creek Lake is a Reservoir in Pickaway, Ohio.

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Due largely to the fertile soils of the Pickaway Plains, early inhabitants were attracted to the region, which has become A.W. Marion State Park and Hargus Creek Lake. Ancient circular earthworks on the site of what is now the city of Circleville shows an early human presence.

In 1948, construction began on the dam for Hargus Creek Lake and by 1950, the area became part of the newly created Division of Parks and Recreation. In 1962, the park was renamed the A.W. Marion State Park in honor of the first director of the Department of Natural Resources, a Pickaway County native.

Fishing Description: 

argus Creek Lake has populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, and carp. Channel catfish yearlings are stocked at least bi-annually in Hargus Creek Lake. Gizzard shad is the main forage species.

Fishing Cover / Structure: 

Because of the steep natural terrain, Hargus Creek Lake is a deep lake for its size (132 acres). Average depth is about 20 feet with a maximum depth of about 40 feet. Shorelines are heavily wooded with considerable underwater woody cover.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Bluegill fishing is good especially in the vegetated portions of the lake. Try using nightcrawlers fished under a bobber.

The largemouth bass population is dense (15" minimum length limit) with many medium-sized fish. Fish the edges of weed beds and woody shoreline cover for largemouth bass.

For channel catfish, try fishing prepared baits, nightcrawlers or soft crawfish lake wide in June and July.

Facilities and Parks: 

The Division of Parks and Recreation operates and maintains parking lots, swimming beaches, and picnic areas.


AW Marion State Park
7317 Warner Huffer Road
Circleville, OH
RESERVATIONS: 866-644-6727

30 electric sites
28 non-electric sites
Group youth camps for organized groups are available by reservation
Vault latrines and drinking water are available

Boat Ramp: 

The Division of Parks and Recreation operates and maintains boat ramps and docks. Outboard motors on boats are limited to electric motors only.

Note: Horsepower limits and other boating regulations are subject to change. Boaters should contact the ODNR Division of Wildlife for current information.


Zebra mussels, an aquatic nuisance species of mussels, were discovered in Hargus Creek Lake in 1992. If you boat there, please help prevent their spread to other lakes by allowing your boat to thoroughly dry out after use.

Grass carp are used in Hargus Creek Lake to reduce vegetation levels. Although they do not readily bite, please release any grass carp accidentally caught.


Wildlife District One
1500 Dublin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone 614/644-3925

For information on state park facilities at
A.W. Marion State Park, contact
Deer Creek State Park,
20635 Waterloo Road,
Mt. Sterling, Ohio 43143
Telephone 740/467-2690.

Directions to Lake: 

Hargus Creek Lake is in Pickaway County, approximately 3 miles northeast of Circleville, and about 25 miles south of Columbus. The lake is accessible from U.S. Route 22 and S.R. 188.

Hargus Creek Lake
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