Located in Portage County, West Branch State Park’s large 2,650-acre lake with its many forks and coves is extremely popular with fishermen, boaters and swimmers. Situated on the glaciated plateau of northeastern Ohio, the park’s 5,379-acres of meadows and woodlots provide an excellent backdrop for camping, hiking and horseback riding. The West Branch area contains numerous bogs filled with buttonbush, alder, skunk cabbage and swamp white oak. Another natural feature of the park is the stand of beech-maple forest. These woodlands harbor a variety of plant and animal life. West Branch State Park in Portage County is situated on the glaciated plateau of northeastern Ohio. Although the land was uplifted as part of the Appalachian Mountain building process, the glaciers were able to override the gentle hills of the plateau. Huge ice blocks broke free from the glaciers and kettle lakes formed as the blocks melted. Eventually, these lakes filled with sediment leaving boggy wetlands with unique assemblages of plants. The West Branch area contains numerous bogs filled with buttonbush, alder, skunk cabbage and swamp white oak.