Deer Creek

Deer Creek Lake

Deer Creek Lake was designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Deer Creek Lake project was first authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938, for the purpose of flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife enhancement. Dam construction was begun in 1965 and completed in 1968.

Deer Creek Dam is a part of the larger comprehensive flood control plan for the Ohio River Basin, a system of dams that reduces flooding on the Scioto and Ohio Rivers by holding back flood water. The estimated monetary savings in flood damages that been prevented downstream of the dam has surpassed the construction cost of the dam. In addition to flood reduction, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works in cooperation with Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Division of Wildlife to provide lakeside recreation and fish and wildlife management. Restrooms are located at the Project Office, Dam, ODNR Deer Creek State Park Campground, Harding Cabin Area, Marina, Beach, Picnic Areas, Lodge and Cabins, and the Golf course.

Universally Accessible Facilities

Universally Accessible Facilities are provided at the Information Center, Downstream Recreation Area, ODNR Deer Creek State Park campground, Lodge and Cabins, and the Golf course.


Before the dam was built there were Prehistoric mounds located on Tick Ridge. These sites were excavated before construction of the dam began. The Harding Cabin was once owned by Harry Daugherty, one of President Warren G. Harding’s cabinet members. Harding and other close friends used the cabin as a retreat for hunting and fishing. These two sites have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Project Manager 740-869-2243


From I-71 take Exit 84. Then take State Route 56 East. From 56, take State Route 207 South. Follow signs to Dam and Visitor Center at 21897 Deer Creek Rd. From US Route 23 take US Route 22 West. Then SR 207 North. Follow signs to Dam and Visitor Center.

Mailing Address

Deer Creek Lake
21897 Deer Creek Road
Mount Sterling, OH 43143

Learn More

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Opportunities

  • No Volunteer Opportunities Currently Open