Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Anyone can hike the trails at Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve, but the quiet lake at its center is only open from April to October to five paddlers a day who obtain a special permit. The lake-use policy is strict, but it has maintained one of the most unique and pristine waters in Ohio.

Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve 1703 Lake Katharine Rd. Jackson, OH 45640 614-265-6453 Homepage

I grabbed a permit for a Friday in early May, and my trip reminded me of canoeing through the Canadian outback. I featured the lake in a recent column. Here's more in pictures.