The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) was organized for two primary purposes - to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and provide water for public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed.

The plan that was developed to accomplish these goals was the construction of a system of lakes and dams. The dams, which are owned and operated by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), control the flow of water into the Muskingum River.

The lakes impound water and work in tandem with the dams for storage of floodwaters and conservation of floodwaters for beneficial uses.

Each of the 14 MWCD lakes drains to the Muskingum River, which was the foundation for the name Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. The 10 permanent lakes are Atwood, Beach City, Charles Mill, Clendening, Leesville, Piedmont, Pleasant Hill, Seneca, Tappan and Wills Creek. Bolivar, Dover, Mohawk and Mohicanville dams impound water only in times of high water and are commonly identified as "dry dams."

The MWCD manages much of the lake areas, which are the areas behind the dams where easements were acquired to store water as necessary for the safe release downstream. This includes areas beyond the permanent lakes.

Two additional dams and lakes - Dillon near Zanesville in Muskingum County and North Branch Kokosing near Fredericktown in Knox County - were constructed after the original 14 by the USACE as part of the flood-reduction system. The USACE manages both of these projects exclusively, although the MWCD does operate a campgrounds at North Branch Kokosing through an agreement with the USACE.

Atwood Lake

Location: Carroll and Tuscarawas counties
Water: 3,000 acres
Land: 1,540 acres

Atwood Lake Boats East and West

9298 Atwood Lake Road NE
Mineral City, OH 44656
Phone: 330-364-4703

Atwood Lake Park

Atwood Lake Park is located in Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. An easy drive from Akron and Cleveland, Atwood Lake Park is a close getaway vacation. Atwood is one of the state's -- and region's -- top lakes for sailing and pleasure boating.

9500 Lakeview Road NE
Mineral City, OH 44656
(330) 343-6780

Beach City Lake

Location: Tuscarawas and Stark counties
Water: 420 acres
Land: 930 acres

Bolivar Dam

Location: Tuscarawas County
Length: 6,300 feet
Height: 87 feet

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 11614 Glen Park Road N.E.
Bolivar, OH 44612

Charles Mill Lake

Location: Ashland and Richland counties
Water: 1,350 acres
Land: 2,000 acres

Charles Mill Lake Park

Located near Mansfield, Charles Mill is a quiet place to relax and enjoy nature. The park entrance is located near the junction of State Routes 430 and 603. The park features over 500 campsites in two campground locations, cabins, swimming beach and more.

1277A State Route 430
Mansfield, OH 44903
(419) 368-6885

Charles Mill Marina

1277 State Route 430
Mansfield, 44903
(800) 837-BOAT (2628) or (419) 368-5951

Clendening Lake

Location: Harrison County
Water: 1,800 acres
Land: 4,800 acres

Clendening Marina

79100 Bose Road
Freeport , OH 43973
(740) 658-3691

Dover Dam

Location: Tuscarawas County
Length: 824 feet
Height: 83 feet above streambed

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Office, 5135 State Route 800 N.E.
Dover, OH 44622
(330) 343-5725

Leesville Lake

Location: Carroll County
Water: 1,000 acres
Land: 2,700 acres

Mohawk Dam

Location: Coshocton County
Length: 2,300 feet
Height: 115.5 feet

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 36007 State Route 715
Warsaw, OH 43844

Mohicanville Dam

Location: Ashland County
Length: 1,220 feet
Height: 46 feet

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2297 Country Road 175
Lakeville, OH 44638

Piedmont Lake

Location: Belmont County
Water: 2,270 acres
Land: 4,416 acres

Piedmont Marina & Campground

Piedmont Marina and Campgrounds is a full-service marina that permits visitors to make the most of their time at scenic Piedmont Lake in Belmont, Guernsey and Harrison counties.

32281 Marina Road
Freeport, 43973-9501
(740) 658-1029

Pleasant Hill Lake

Location: Ashland and Richland counties
Water: 850 acres
Land: 1,345 acres

Pleasant Hill Lake Park

Located near Perrysville, Pleasant Hill Lake offers camping, water skiing, hiking and swimming. The park features 380 campsites, cabins, horse camp and trails, swimming beach and more.

3431 State Route 95
Perrysville, OH 44864
(419) 938-7884

Seneca Lake

Location: Guernsey and Noble counties
Water: 3,550 acres
Land: 4,060 acres

Seneca Lake Park

An easy drive from Cambridge and Marietta, Seneca is the largest of the MWCD lakes and the third largest inland lake in Ohio. The park features 513 campsites in two locations, cabins, swimming beach, nature center, amphitheater and more.

22172 Park Road
Senecaville, OH 43780
(740) 685-6013

South Fork Marina

4131 Deer Rd. SW
Bowerston, OH 44695
(740) 269-5371

Tappan Lake

Location: Tuscarawas and Harrison counties
Water: 2,350 acres
Land: 5,000 acres

Tappan Lake Park

Located between Cadiz and Uhrichsville, Tappan Lake is great for camping, swimming, boating, fishing and hiking. The park offers over 500 campsites, cabins, swimming beach, trail connection to Tappan Wetlands wildlife area and more.

84000 Mallarnee Rd., PO Box 29
Deersville, OH 44693
(740) 922-3649

Wills Creek Lake

Location: Coshocton and Muskingum counties
Water: 900 acres
Land: 2,830 acres

Zoar Levee

Location: Zoar, Ohio - Tuscarawas County
Length: 927.9 feet

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