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Chilo Lock 34 Park and River Museum

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Chilo Lock 34 Park and River Museum
521 County Park Rd. Chilo, Ohio 45112

Located on the banks of the Ohio River, this 39 –acre park features a historic river museum, wildlife nature preserve, river walk and picnic shelters. Dock your boat here for a scenic lunch stop, make a reservation with a youth or scout group for an overnight yurt experience or combine the museum with nearby points of interest for a day trip throughout southeastern Clermont County on Highway 52, the Ohio River National Scenic Byway.  

The park features two shelters, with one being reserveable. The reserveable shelter is 20' x 30' and has (6) 8 ft. picnic tables and (2) 6 ft. tables, a double grill, and four trash cans under the shelter. Electric available. Seating capacity is 50.

Shelter Information & Policies

Reserve Shelter 

building and water tower on water

River Museum


March– October: Thursday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Nov – Feb: Closed except for private tours.

The Chilo Lock 34 River Museum occupies the former operations building at the Ohio River Lock and Dam #34. Although the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decommissioned the facility in 1964, Clermont County Park District was able renovate the building in 2005 as an interpretive visitor center and museum. With the theme of “Living and Working with the Ohio River”, the museum offers an interactive glimpse into the history of steamboats, floods and working and living on the river. 

Interested in a tour? Visit the museum for an interactive tour during open hours.

Requests can be submitted for groups (minimum of 12 participants) by emailing These requests will be reviewed based on staff availability. 

Crooked Run Bird Blind view
Bird Blind View

Crooked Run Nature Preserve

Clermont County Park District manages this diverse habitat and popular birdwatching preserve. Bring your binoculars to a flat, enjoyable hike of a little over a mile, and stop to enjoy three wildlife viewing blinds along the Crooked Run Creek and Ohio River. More than 200 species of birds have been sighted in the preserve. The preserve is owned by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. It is Clermont County's only state-dedicated nature preserve.

boat dock

Boat Ramp 

Chilo features a ramp so that boaters are able to stop and enjoy the park or start their boating day at Chilo. The ramp is two lanes, with launching docks and 200 feet of courtesy docks.

Docks are open to the public from mid-May to Labor Day each year. 

Chilo Yurt
Chilo Yurt


Bring your youth group, church or other civic organization and enjoy a unique overnight stay in Chilo Lock 34 Park.  Groups can tour the museum, book a naturalist presentation (program must be booked 6 weeks in advance), or take a self-guided tour through the adjacent Crooked Run Nature Preserve. Each yurt features electric heat, a nearby campfire ring and comfortably sleeps 20 to 25 people. Because they are heated, yurts make the ideal location all year long.  

Yurts are only available for civic, church or youth organizations.  Reservations can be made by calling the administrative offices at 513-732-2977 with a credit/debit card. A credit card fee will be assessed by the card company.

Rate: $75/night per yurt  

Hours: Check-in at noon on the date of reservation, check-out at 10 a.m. the following day.

Yurt Information & Policies

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