Killbuck Lakes

7996 White Road (Entrance Drive)
Harrisville/Westfield Townships
Burbank, Ohio 44214
Lake Loop Trail (1.25 miles – natural)  
Primitive Loop Trail (.7 mile – natural)  
Nature Trail (.7 mile – natural)  
411 acres
47-acre lake

GPS Coordinates
North: N. 41 0' 18
West: W. 81 58' 40.79

Opportunities for fishing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and wildlife observation await visitors at Killbuck Lakes.

It’s the first phase of the 408-acre former Baker Sand and Gravel property -- acquired through a grant from the Clean Ohio Fund. The centerpiece of Killbuck Lakes is a sprawling 47-acre lake surrounded by a 1.25-mile nature trail. A wildlife blind was installed in December 2017. The blind was constructed by park staff with assistance from volunteer groups from Rea & Associates of Medina and Leadership Medina County. The blind will give visitors an opportunity to view waterfowl and other wetland animals without scaring them off.

Primitive Loop Trail

The Primitive Loop Trail is an approximate 0.7-mile loop that ventures off the 1.25-mile Lake Loop Trail and rejoins it later. Along the primitive trail, you’ll find a large wetland with a wildlife observation blind, remnant forest, and open areas where land once used for gravel mining is being steadily reclaimed by nature.The trail also features a new bog bridge constructed by the park district’s natural resource department from live-edge walnut slabs. The bridge helps hikers traverse an area where the soil is wet much of the year. In addition to the nature trail’s narrower profile, the grass in some areas is allowed to grow to six or eight inches. Because the trail is not sharply defined by mowed edges, it blends with the surroundings and sometimes seems to disappear 20 or 30 yards ahead, leading to a sense of discovery as the landscape reveals itself more slowly and naturally.

Fishing at Killbuck

A survey found an excellent range of fish in the lake, including catchable bass, bluegill, and crappie. Daily catch limits are posted to help maintain the health of the population. Smaller numbers of incidental species caught during the sampling include: bowfin, grass pickerel, white sucker, carp, mudminnow and pumpkinseed sunfish. There is a lake-access area where visitors can pull up to the shore to unload small watercraft. Only non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted.

The lake, left behind by mining operations, also provides important habitat for waterfowl to eat and rest during migration. American coots, grebe, and bufflehead ducks, as well as trumpeter swans have been seen on the water. Even a bald eagle has been spotted circling in the skies above.

While water is the dominant feature of the landscape, Killbuck Lakes offers small, but important, areas of remnant forest and wetlands. Trees include beech, basswood, big-toothed aspen, and a variety of oaks -- shingle, swamp, red, white, and burr. Among the shrubs and flowers found in the park are buttonbush, alder, skunk cabbage, and swamp rose. Animals that call the wetlands home include northern leopard frogs, chorus frogs, spring peepers, and the star-nosed mole -- a species of concern in Ohio.

The deep-water lakes at Killbuck Lakes are directly connected to a major underground aquifer that is a critical water source for homeowners and farmers in northern Wayne and southern Medina counties. Preservation of the lakes and the land surrounding them enhances quality of life and helps protect this vital aquifer from contamination. 

Killbuck Lakes Activities/Amenities