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Caesar Creek Lake

4020 N. Clarksville Road
Waynesville, OH 45068-9408
(513) 897-1050
Visitor Center hours, Memorial Day through Labor Day: Sun - Sat, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Labor Day to Memorial Day: M - F 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sat. and Sun., 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (hours may vary any day, call ahead)

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Welcome to the Caesar Creek Lake website. The lake is located in Warren, Clinton and Greene counties in southwestern Ohio. The dam is three miles above the mouth of Caesar Creek, a tributary of the Little Miami River.

The 2,830-acre lake provides flood reduction and a whole lot more. The Caesar Creek Region offers many opportunities to enjoy wildlife or recreate in the great outdoors.

Caesar Creek exists as a cooperative management effort among the Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Divisions of Parks and Recreation, Wildlife, and Natural Areas and Preserves. In addition, one private non-profit organization, the Pioneer Village Association, plays an important role at the park.

Congress authorized Caesar Creek Lake under the Flood Control Act of 1938. The Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designed, built, and operates Caesar Creek Lake.

During the fall and winter months, the lake level is lowered to prepare for the storage of heavy spring rainfall. If heavy rains occur, surface water runoff is stored in the lake until the swollen streams and rivers below the dam have receded. Once they can handle the discharge of the stored water without damage to lives or property, the extra water is released.
The topography of the Little Miami River Basin, including Caesar Creek, is characterized by rocky gorges and narrow valleys separated by extensive sections of bottomlands. The nature of soil types and vegetation relate to events that occurred thousands or even millions of years ago. Alterations of the drainage system and the formation of many of the scenic features of the valley can be traced to the Kansan, Illinoian and Wisconsin periods of glaciation.

The earliest migrations into the valley date back perhaps 11,000 years. More recent occupations occurred approximately 1,000 B.C. with the advent of the Adena and then Hopewell Cultures referred to as the Mound-building Indians – followed by the Fort Ancient peoples.

Remnants of many of the ancient works are still evident and are popular tourist attractions. The Fort Ancient Earth Works are near Caesar Creek Lake. In the latter 1700’s, at the time settlers entered the area the Shawnee was the primary Native American tribe, having previously disposed the Miamis. The lake is named after a member of the Shawnee, Caesar. Caesar was a black slave who, when coming down the Ohio River, was captured or escaped and later adopted by the Shawnee. He was one of the earliest settlers in the valley. Oldtown, north of Xenia, was the site of the main Shawnee Village.

Webelos Naturalist Badge - Saturday, October 11th, 10 am - noon - Attention Webelos! This is your chance to earn your naturalist badge. We’ll cover all the requirements in a fun-filled program. We ask that you pre-register your child or pack. For more information or to register call the Visitor Center.

Little Miami Watershed Festival - Saturday, October 18th 11 am - 4 pm - A fun, family-oriented day in natural surroundings that help promote the beauty and value of the Little Miami River watershed. More than 20 exhibitors, representing watershed interests and conservation groups will be presenting educational displays, hands-on activities and large-group events for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Children will have an opportunity to earn water safety T-shirts for visiting displays and participating in events.

What’s Living in our Stream? - Saturday, October 25th  10 am - noon - Wade into the Caesar Creek and help us as we conduct a biological inventory of the Caesar Creek. Our data will help determine water quality and will give us a glimpse of many fascinating aquatic creatures. This is a program for the whole family. All you’ll need is a pair of old boots and the spirit of adventure!

Owl Moon - Saturday, November 1st, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Join us for a moonlit owl hike. We'll begin with a story, the Owl Moon story which tells the tale of a father and daughter on a winter hike in search of a Great-Horned Owl. November is when owls re-establish territories and prepare for nesting that begins in the heart of winter, an adventure for the whole family. Please dress for the weather, bring a flashlight if you have one. This is a Friends of Caesar Creek Program, $2 per person.

Webelos Forester Badge - Saturday, November 8th, 10 am - noon - Attention Webelos! This is your chance to earn your forester badge. We’ll cover all the requirements in a fun-filled program. We ask that you pre-register your child or pack.

Audubon Christmas Bird Count - Thursday, December 18, 6 am - 5 pm - Calling all birders! We need your help with our 9th Annual Caesar Creek Lake / Spring Valley Marsh Christmas Bird Count. For early risers we will look and listen for owls at 6 am. We’ll regroup at the Visitor Center at 8:30 am, break into teams, and search for waterfowl and songbirds. We’ll meet at the Visitor Center at 1 pm for a hot lunch sponsored by the Friends of Caesar Creek. Experts and beginners are encouraged to attend. Come out for all or part of the day. For more information or to register call the Visitor Center, 513-897-1050.




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