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Dining and Shopping at Deer Creek

Spending the day on the trails in Deer Creek State Park or splashing around in Deer Creek Lake, you can build up quite an appetite. And with a menu filled with many savory options, from upscale cuisine to traditional dishes, the Deer Creek Restaurant – Rafter’s – really knows how to calm a rumbling stomach. Before going home, stop by the Deer Creek Gift Shop for mementos of your visit and great gift items.

rafter’s restaurant

When you dine at Rafter’s, you will enjoy a bistro-style menu that offers a distinct and delicious approach to state park dining. Our guests return to Rafter’s again and again for the rustic atmosphere, sophisticated dishes, reasonable prices, and the glorious lake view that accompanies each meal. At Rafter’s Restaurant, we offer both creative cuisine and traditional dishes to meet our guests’ specific tastes. There’s also a kid-pleasing menu with burgers, pizza and mac-and-cheese to meet the needs of visiting families.

Breakfast: 7:00am-10:30am
Lunch: 11:00am-2:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm-8:00pm (9:00pm Friday/Saturday)


Harding’s Lounge

Find the time to really kick back at Deer Creek. Harding’s Lounge provides a relaxing environment while you enjoy your favorite drink. The lounge is open year-round.

Open daily at 5:00 p.m.

Lounge and Pizza Menu

Deer Creek gift shop

The Deer Creek Gift Shop is conveniently located in the lobby and is open 7 days a week (hours vary by season). You will find gifts, souvenirs, apparel, books, film, toys, snacks, candies and beverages. Forget to pack something? Not to worry! Our gift shop offers a selection of personal items and dry goods from toothpaste to swimwear.

Golf Pro Shop

In addition to the gift shop, visit the Pro Shop for a full line of golf equipment and apparel. Season passes and gift certificates are also available. Please contact Golf Pro Shop at 740-869-3088 for additional assistance.

gift certificates

Throughout the holidays and year-round, we have the perfect gift idea for friends, family or business associates. Treat someone to a weekend getaway, a round of golf, a special dinner or a unique gift from one of our gift shops using Deer Creek Gift Certificates.

Gift certificates must be purchased in $25 increments and may be used at any of four Ohio State Park Lodges-Deer Creek, Mohican, Punderson and Salt Fork. Gift certificates can be applied toward lodging accommodations, dining, gift shops. They can even be used for golf at Deer Creek and Punderson Manor courses. Gift certificates are valid for 2 years from the date of purchase.

purchase a gift certificate


Additional information

– Dress code is casual.
– Reservations are not required, but are certainly appreciated.
– Our lodge, in accordance with state law, provides a smoke-free environment to park guests. We ask that this non-smoking policy be observed in all public areas, including the dining room. Smoking is permitted outside public buildings. Thank you for your cooperation.
– The lodge is a liquor permit holder, and in accordance with Ohio liquor laws, alcoholic beverages purchased off premises are not permitted. Again, we thank you for your cooperation.
– As a reminder, public areas (i.e. upper and lower lobby areas) are for the enjoyment of all guests. Our company policy requires that food be purchased through the lodge and consumed only in the dining room, lounge or private meeting room. Therefore, no food is to be consumed in the public areas. Private meeting rooms are available through the Sales Office for larger gatherings.