You've heard the stories and the tales ... now come experience the
local landmark where your dad and grandfather used to fish years ago!
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Thanks for a great season ...
We'll see you in the Spring of 2011!
4344 Dry Ridge Road
Cincinnati, OH 45252
½ Mile West of Interstate 275 and the Colerain Avenue exit;
located on Dry Ridge Road just west of Lowe's Home Improvement
Snow’s Lake Reopens its Doors
COLERAIN TWP - A local Bevis landmark has once again come to life after lying dormant for nearly two years.
Snow’s Lake, a popular fishing spot dating back to the mid-1930’s, recently reopened in late June. The lake had been closed to the public since 2008 due to some lease renewal issues and the struggling economy, but is now back with a renewed vision for the future.
Robert Day, the property owner for over thirty years, is optimistic about the rebirth of the business. “We’re going to see how things go, and hopefully people will come back once they realize that we’re open again.”
Area fishing enthusiasts agree. “I used to fish there when I was a kid living in Western Hills,” reminisced David Hoff, a retired electrician. “My dad would take me there and we’d spend all night fishing for catfish. It’s good to see them open again.”
Zachary Heilman, a neighborhood 12-year old die-hard fishing devotee, also is excited. “I’ve heard people say there are huge fish in that lake, and I can't wait to catch one of them.”
Steve McGhee concurs. “The biggest fish I ever caught in my life was a 30-pound cat at Snow’s.”
One thing is certain; the site has a rich history. Originally created as a man-made lake in 1935 when the area was mostly farmland, Snow’s Lake has been host to several generations of local fishermen over the years.
According to John Torok of the Coleraine Historical Society, “this spring fed lake is named after Alma and Jesse Snow, who lived in the circa 1923 white house at the front of the property and ran the one acre fishing lake (the house was torn down last year after the bar by the lake was closed). They also rented part of the property to Hoock's Apple Orchard. Katherine and Elmer Priessman bought the property in 1955. They held fishing tournaments, horseshoe tournaments and served food and drink at the lodge at the lake’s edge which was built in 1960.”
Since then, the property has changed handes several times before Day bought it in 1979.
The lake used to be somewhat larger, but a portion in the northern part was closed off and filled in some time ago, and a rock bridge was built so that there would be foot access all around the lake. “To the best of my knowledge, there are active springs feeding the lake, and a lot of the old paperwork refers to the place as Snow’s Spring Lake,” Day commented.
When asked about all the stories, chitchat and rumors that have circulated down through the generations, Day laughed. “Let’s just say that I’d like to be there if they ever drained the lake. There’s no telling what they’d find. Some of the things that evidently happened here should probably not appear in print,” he grinned.
For now, Day is confident about his decision to reopen the business. “We have some ambitious plans down the road, but for now we just need to get the word out a bit and let things happen from there. We just stocked the lake with several loads of shovelhead and channel catfish, so that ought be make people happy. Plus, there are some big fish in here from before, and I mean some really big fish,” he declared with a wink.
So whether you are a fisherman, a nostalgia buff or just want to experience firsthand one of Colerain Township’s most-loved historic spots, grab your fishing pole and make it a point to visit Snow’s Lake this fall.
"Seventy-five years and the legend continues on,” Day said with a smile as he prepared to stock the live bait cooler.
Snow’s Lake, 4344 Dry Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45252 is currently closed for the winter, but will reopen in March 2011.
Snow's Lake - after 75 years, the legend continues ...
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