Options for outdoor swimming in Portage County for Summer 2022

With a heat wave blasting through the region for several days in mid-June and summer just officially starting, Portage County residents may be looking for ways to cool off while still being outdoors.

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West Branch State Park manager John John Trevellin said that on Wednesday, the hottest day of year so far, the park saw a lot of people looking to beat the heat.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a weekday, my beach was fairly crowded last night,” he said on Thursday.

For those looking to make a splash this summer, here are a few of the swimming options in Portage County:

Swimmers enjoy the lake at Woodside Lake Park in Streetsboro.

Friendship Acres Campground

Address: 2210 state Route 44 in Randolph, just north of the Portage County Fairground.

Individuals wanting to take a dip in the inground heated pool do not have to be campers, said Dave Chalmers, Friendship Acres’ owner for 28 years.

The pool is 30-by-60 feet and 3-to-4½ feet deep, making it especially suitable for children, said Chalmers.

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