Parks and Campgrounds

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 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

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

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 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

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

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