Birding at Tappan Lake

Deersville, Ohio

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Tappan Lake Park

General Information


84000 Mallarnee Rd, Deersville, OH 44693



DeLorme Page Number and Coordinates

(7th Edition and earlier) 62:B-2

Nearest Town or City

Cadiz, Dennison, Scio.

Directions from Nearest Town or City

Follow U. S. route 250 south from Dennison about 8 miles or follow U. S. route 250 north about 10 miles from Cadiz. The lake lies along the road for seven or eight miles.

About Tappan Lake

There are 2,350 acres of water and it is surrounded by 5,000 acres of land. This lake has developed areas with homes and weekend cabins but there are still many acres in deciduous forest that are not developed. There are some pine plantings (dating from around 1955). There is one marina and there is a developed campground and park near Deersville. You need to call if you plan to camp because I think the campground is full most of the time. There is also a swimming beach at the park.

Visiting Information

Closed hours/season

Open all year during daylight hours.

Parking Areas

Many along route 250 and others at end of roads that deadend into lake.


None except for the park area.

Restroom Facilities

There is a roadside park on route 250 near the dam and there are restrooms at the boat-launching ramp on route 250. The park near Deersville also has restrooms.

Harmful Insects, Poisonous Plants, or Animals

Poison Ivy.

Restaurants in the Area

There are restaurants in Cadiz, Scio, Dennison, and Urichsville.

Other Useful Information

The Buckeye Trail runs through portions of this area.

Other Birding Spots in the Area

Harrison State Forest, Clendening Lake, Leesville Lake, Leesville State Wildlife Area.

Birds of Interest by Season


Water birds until the lake freezes.




Bald eagles, ospreys, ruffed grouse, pileated woodpeckers.

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