Camp Spelman


       7650 Ferguson Road, Kent, OH 44240.
       By reservation only. Click here to make a reservation*.
       *must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to scheduled camp time

Map of Camp Spelman



Minimalist graphic of person in canoe paddling   Minimalist graphic of fish looking at fish hook   Minimalist graphic of tent   Minimalist graphic of person walking with a backpack and walking stick   Minimalist graphic of maple leaf   Minimalist graphic of fork, knife, and spoon      

Park Activities:  canoeing, fishing (catch & release), group camping, hiking, nature & historic appreciation, picnicking


  • Campfire pit
  • Picnic tables

Special Notices:

  • Open only by special permit at this time to civic and community groups
  • Catch and release fishing only
  • Hand-carried non-motorized boats only
  • No alcohol or other intoxicants
  • No horses, bikes or motor vehicles
  • No Swimming



    History & Resources

    This 58-acre property includes approximately 20 acres of wetlands, 25 acres of woods with a trail on the eastern side of the property and lake, and an 8-acre lake, with 5 acres of field areas which include a fire pit and some benches.  Field areas are used for group camping reservations to civic clubs and groups. The property adjoins an existing park on Ravenna Rd. operated by Franklin Township.

    The property was used extensively by various clubs and civic groups, including the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the City of Kent’s Summer Day Care program, Kent Kiwanis, the Garden Club of Kent and other church groups.

    The purchase of the property by the Park District was facilitated by a reduction in the sale price by the seller Carrie Martin, and a generous donation of over half the purchase price from Richard E. and Sue C. Abbott who wanted to protect greenspaces for future Portage County generations.

    Camp Spelman is available for permitted civic and community group camping; groups must provide their own portable toilet and assist with site preparation and cleanup.

    Photo Gallery

    Photo of Bench in front of Lake       Kids fishing on the shoreline of a lake