Lake Paho CA

About this Area

Total Acres
2350.1

Lake Paho Conservation Area is in central Mercer County.

The Conservation Department, assisted by a financial commitment from residents of Mercer and surrounding counties, built Lake Paho in the late 1940s. The lake was opened to public fishing in 1951.

The area is rich in Native American history, and the 273-acre lake on the area was named "Paho" from the Indian word meaning "first" or "number one".

Visitors to the area may enjoy the numerous prairie plants, such as Indian grass, compass plant, and wild indigo that occur naturally in the gently rolling uplands.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Hunting
    • Quail,
    • Rabbit,
    • Turkey,
    • Squirrel,
    • Deer,
    • Dove
  • Bird Watching
  • Camping
    • Individual Campsites
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • White Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Sunfish,
    • Crappie
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Boat LandingBoat Landing
  • Camping SiteCamping Site
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Fishing DockFishing Dock
  • Fishing JettyFishing Jetty
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • PrivyPrivy
  • BoundaryBoundary

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
Sunday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 4:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Directions
From Princeton, take Highway 136 west 4 miles, then right on Fathom Street to the area.
Area Regulations
Seasonal Hunting and Fishing Information