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Kayak Buckeye Lake

Kayaker pushing into water at the Buckeye Lake Canoe and Kayak Launch in Thornville, Perry County, Ohio.


Buckeye Lake’s shoreline is shared by three Ohio counties with Perry County on the southeastern portion of the lake. The only launch for canoes and kayaks on Buckeye Lake is in Thornville on the Perry County shoreline. The launch was christened in 2021, is handicap accessible, and is available dawn to dusk. Bring your favorite watercraft and take a leisurely journey around the Lake!

Address: 9250 Honey Creek Road, Thornville, OH

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Buckeye Lake Retreat | Thornville

Located right on the channel, Buckeye Lake Retreat is a home with 2 bedrooms – one with a full-sized bed and the other with a full-sized bed, a daybed and a roll away bed. A great place for families and fishermen! Walk right out the back door to enjoy the gentle splash of the channel waters or cast a line.

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The Tipis at Cherokee Bison Ranch

Sleep in nature at The Tipis at Cherokee Bison Ranch where you’ll be near their herd of 45 bison grazing peacefully in a pasture. Their giant, 22-foot tipis accommodate up to 6 people, 2 on the queen bed we provide, with ample room for additional cots or air mattresses that you provide. They have cots available to rent as an add on. You may also pitch additional tents or hang hammocks with room for up to 10 people in all. There are fire pits inside and outside the tipis.

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When you’re back on dry land, be sure to enjoy these excellent local choices for a relaxing meal…

The Port Lounge & Smokehouse | Thornport

In the mood for barbecue? The Port Lounge is ready for you! Juicy smoked meats with bountiful sides (including Beer Bread) and great beverages. The Port has a back deck sitting on water – a perfect spot for warm weather relaxing.
(740) 246-5000
9308 Township Road 79
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The Copper Penny | Thornville

Hang out on the patio to enjoy cool beverages, good food, live music and karaoke. Family-owned and family-friendly.
Lots to choose from on the menu – wings, sandwiches, burgers, subs, salads, platters and a kids menu.
(740) 246-4651
15396 Township Road 403
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Champs Pizza | Thornville

Champs has something for everyone on the menu – pizza, wings, burgers, shareable appetizers and entrée platters with a good selection of craft beers. Casual and roomy with great service for groups.
(740) 246-4600
14630 Township Rd 1061
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Firehouse Pizza | Thornville

Family owned and a local favorite for Thornville and Buckeye Lake residents with a famous Pickle Pie and Chief’s Italian Foldovers. Chief’s Italian Foldover eats like a sandwich with thin layers of pizza dough topped with either BLT, ham and cheese or Buffalo chicken, cooked, then folded over and topped with cheese. A solid selection of salads, subs and lasagna or spaghetti entrées along with wings, appetizers, cheesy breads and desserts round out the rest of the menu.
(740) 246-5969
4 S. Main Street
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