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Sharon Woods Harbor

Sharon Woods Harbor

4631 E. KEMPER ROAD, CINCINNATI, OH 45241 | 513-769-4326

The harbor area is the hub of the park with a snack bar, large playground, water feature play area for kids and plenty of seating for a fun picnic. A 2.6-mile shared-use trail also winds around scenic Sharon Lake.
Boathouse Hours
The boathouse overlooks a 35-acre lake perfect for fishing and boating. It offers pedal, pontoon and rowboats, as well as canoe, kayaks and motorboats for rent. There is option to rent bikes and purchase bait and tackle for fishing at the pier.

Boathouse Hours

Dates
Weekday
Weekend/Holiday
Opening Day: March 25, 2017
March 25-April 16 
10 a.m.-8 p.m.
9 a.m.-8 p.m.
April 17-August 20
9 a.m.-9 p.m.
8 a.m.-9 p.m.
August 21-September 4 
9 a.m.-8 p.m.
8 a.m.-8 p.m.
September 5-17 
Closed
9 a.m.-8 p.m.
September 18-October 22 
Closed
9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Last Day: October 22, 2017
Rentals
Rowboat Rental: 1 hour: $11.21; 3 hours: $13.08; 6 hours: $14.95
Season Pass: $112.15
4-seat Pedal Boat Rental: 1 hour: $11.21
5-seat Pedal Boat Rental: 1 hour: $13.08​
Mini-Pontoon Boat Rental: 1 hour $44.86
Kayak/Canoe: 1 hour: $10.75 (single); 1 hour: $13.08 (tandem)
Stand-up Paddleboard: 1 hour: $10.75
Motorboat: 1 hour: $26.17; 3 hours: $35.51; 6 hours: $44.86​
Bicycle Rental: 1 hour: $9.81​

Prices do not include tax. Golden Buckeye/Armed Forces Members can rent a 1-hour rowboat and stay out as long as they like, weekdays only.​

You must be 16 years of age to rent a stand-up paddleboard.
Snack Bar Hours
With everything from cheeseburger platters to granola bars and Icees to cold beer, the snack bar has it all.

Snack Bar Hours

Dates
Weekday
Weekend/Holiday
Opening Day: May 6, 2017
May 6–19
Closed
Noon–8 p.m.
May 20–August 20
Daily  
11 a.m.–8 p.m.
August 21–September 4
Daily  
Noon–7 p.m.
September 5–10
Closed
Noon–7 p.m.
Last Day: September 10, 2017

Playgrounds
The Sharon Woods Harbor playground is a large modern playground with water features and spray fountains.
Canoe/Kayak Launch
Licensed private kayak and canoes are permitted on Sharon Woods Lake. The launch ramp is located on the Sharon Lake paved trail near Buckeye Falls Drive.


Fishing
The scenic 35-acre Sharon Lake has a boathouse with row, pedal and pontoon boats and kayaks for rent. Electric and gas motors up to four horsepower are permitted are to use with rental boats or private canoes and kayaks. Fishing is permitted from boats or fishing pier. An Ohio State Fishing License is required.

More Information
What’s With the Lake?
That green stuff you see everywhere isn’t algae – it’s duckweed, one of the smallest flowering plants in the world!

What is duckweed?
Duckweed is a very small vascular plant that thrives in shallow water. It loves the lake’s shallows, because it can take advantage of all the nutrients that the shallow lake sediment gives off.

Why don’t you get rid of it?
Duckweed can double its number in just a few days. So even if we skimmed it off the top of the lake, it would come right back. We also can’t spray herbicide on it, since Sharon Woods Golf Course is irrigated with lake water and the herbicides would kill the turf on the golf course.

Why has it gotten so much worse?
Think of the reservoir basin as a bowl that accumulates sediment and nutrients from the surrounding watershed over the years. Sharon Lake was dredged in the 1980s, but streambank erosion in the watershed has continued to bring sediment in and fill in the lake over the past 30 years. This sediment has accumulated at an unanticipated rate, creating shallow areas where duckweed can thrive. Now that there are acres of shallow water, there’s a continuous source of nitrogen and phosphorous from the soils that also fuel that duckweed growth.

What’s the solution?
Dredging the lake is the only long-term solution. Great Parks is beginning the environmental studies for this expensive and complicated project in the coming months.

Who can I talk to if I have more questions?
Please contact our Natural Resources Director, Bret Henninger, via email or by phone at 513-521-7275.

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Sharon Woods

11450 Lebanon Road
Sharonville, Ohio 45241


Open daily from dawn until dusk.

Boathouse: 513-769-4326
Heritage Village Museum: 513-563-9484
Nature's Niche Gifts & Books: 513-563-4513
Pro Shop:
513-769-4325
Sharon Centre:
513-563-4513
Stonewood Banquet Center:
513-769-0624
Great Parks:
513-521-7275