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Lake Loramie is a Reservoir in Shelby, Ohio.

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Lake Loramie was formed by impounding Loramie Creek and was completed in 1844. The lake served as a water supply for the Miami-Erie canal system, an important transportation route between Lake Erie and the Ohio River during the 19th century. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks & Recreation has maintained the lake as a state park since 1949.

Fishing Description: 

Largemouth bass, white and black crappies, bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish, saugeye, channel catfish, bullheads, carp, and suckers are found in the lake. Gizzard shad is the primary forage species for predators.

Fishing Cover / Structure: 

Most of the lake is less than six feet deep with a soft bottom of silt. In some areas, rock rip rap has been added to reduce shoreline erosion; these rocky shorelines provide cover for several species of fish. Numerous boat docks, shoreline brush, and fallen trees provide cover for fish. Significant beds of water lily and American lotus in shallow shoreline areas provide excellent habitat for largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappies.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Crappies are taken throughout the lake by fishing around shoreline brush, fallen trees, boat docks, and lily pads. Live minnows, wax worms, or small jigs with plastic bodies are good baits.

Largemouth bass are taken along rip rap shorelines or near shoreline brush, boat docks, and lily pads using spinner baits, crank baits, jigs, plastic baits, and live night crawlers.

Bluegills can be taken around shoreline structure and lily pads using red worms or wax worms on small hooks.

Channel catfish are taken by bottom fishing with night crawlers, chicken liver, shrimp, or cut fish bait. The best bullhead fishing occurs in the spring using red worms or night crawlers fished near the bottom.

Saugeye can be taken with lead head jigs and plastic curly tails, crank baits, live minnows, or live night crawler rigs. The tailwater below the spillway is a productive saugeye location, especially from November though April during periods of high water flows. The deeper water areas adjacent to the Luthman Road bridge also provide saugeye fishing in late fall and winter, including ice fishing when conditions permit.

Facilities and Parks: 

The Division of Parks & Recreation operates and maintains a swimming beach, picnic areas and picnic shelters (some shelters can be reserved), a handicap accessible shoreline fishing pier, campground, nature center, bike rentals, miniature golf, and a boat ramp.


Lake Loramie State Park
4401 Ft. Loramie Swanders Road
Minster, Ohio 45865-9311

Call 866-644-6727 for camping, getaway rental, and shelter reservations.

Campground Offers:

115 electric sites
45 electric premium sites
1 non-electric site
Showers, flush toilets and a dump station
Several sites are equipped with boat tie-ups
3 group camp areas available by reservation to organized groups.
Miniature golf

Getaway Rentals

4 Rent-A-Camp sites consisting of a tent, dining shelter, cookstove and other equipment can be rented during summer months by reservation only

3 Cedar Cabins are available

Boat Ramp: 

The Division of Parks & Recreation operates and maintains six boat ramps and seasonal rental docks.


Wildlife District Five
1076 Old Springfield Pike
Xenia, Ohio 45385
Telephone (937) 372-9261

Directions to Lake: 

Lake Loramie is located in Shelby and Auglaize counties in west central Ohio. The lake is located two miles southeast of Minster on State Route 362, and six miles west of Anna on State Route 119.

Lake Loramie
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