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If You're Hooked On Fishing, Visit Lake Snowden

by Tim Brunicardi on June 1, 2018

Located six-miles southwest of Athens and one-mile northeast of Albany, Lake Snowden is a 675-acre recreation park that first became open to the public in 1972.

Purchased by Hocking College in 1998, it's home to a variety of wildlife, a Hocking College owned and operated fish hatchery, and the annual Pawpaw Festival.

What Fishing Options Does Lake Snowden Offer?

If you enjoy fishing, then Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio just might be the fishermen's paradise you've been looking for.

Lake Snowden is famous for being one of the most celebrated catfish lakes in Southern Ohio. Fishing enthusiasts will also be able to enjoy the following advantages:

  • Fishing is free and open to the public; however, anyone ages 16+ will need a valid fishing license.
  • It's populated with the following types of fish: Bluegill, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, and Yellow Perch.
  • Fishermen should know that any Bass measuring between 12-15" must be returned to the lake, but any Bass measuring less than 12" can be kept.

What Are Lake Snowden’s Boating Options?

Boating on the lake is free and open to the public; however, the Ohio Division of State Parks & Watercraft does require you to display a valid registration. The lake is also a “no wake, idle only,” which means that any boats on the lake can only operate at a minimum speed. If you’re interested in checking out the local wildlife from a distance or spending a relaxing afternoon out on the lake, then you should look into Lake Snowden’s boating accommodations.


For those who don’t own a boat can rent one. The rental options are for either $7/hour or $30/day. Boats that visitors can rent are:

  • Canoes
  • Rowboats
  • Paddle Boats
  • Kayaks

Renters will receive life jackets with their rental.

Are There Any Safety Tips I Should Know When Fishing?

Regardless if you’re an experienced fisherman or a newcomer to the sport, you should always remember the following safety tips:

  • Always look behind you before casting your fishing pole.
  • Don’t scatter your fishing tackle or leave it lying around where someone could accidentally step on it.
  • Never put your hand deep inside a fish’s mouth to remove a hook.IMG_5218
  • Always carry a tackle box to keep your hooks & lures safe and organized.
  • Don't forget to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Never fish in sandals, flip-flops, or go barefoot. Instead, wear shoes designed to prevent your feet from slipping on a wet surface.
  • Bring a first-aid kit just in case any mishaps occur.
  • Dress in layers since the temperature could vary throughout the day.

Are There Any Safety Tips I Should Know When Boating?

Anyone planning on taking their boat or a boat rental out onto the water should remember the following:

  • Never take a boat out that doesn’t contain life jackets.
  • Become familiar with the area & don't wander into any restricted or low water dam areas.
  • Never overload a boat with items you don't need or invite more people than your boat can carry.
  • Make sure you know exactly where your fishing gear and first-aid kit can be found onboard.
  • Try and remain seated at all times.
  • Never drink alcohol or use drugs while operating a boat.

To learn more about Lake Snowden’s rules and the recreational activities you can partake in, please visit the Lake Snowden page on Hocking College's website.

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