Charles Mill Lake Park Master Plan

Charles Mill Lake Park Master Plan

Charles Mill Lake Park is situated on 2,000 acres in Richland and Ashland Counties.  Charles Mill Dam is a rolled earth fill dam with an impervious, water resistant, clay core that was constructed in 1935-36 on the Black Fork Creek for the purpose of flood control. The lake has a surface area of 1350 acres, a maximum depth of 24 feet and 34 miles of shore line.  The lake has a horsepower limit of 10 and provides opportunities for sailing, boating and fishing. 

Recent Construction


Main Camp Construction- Phase 1 

Phase 1 construction at Main Camp includes 79 renovated campsite that now offer full hook-up and 50-amp power service. A new shower building, and renovation of the large shower building, will soon be completed. Additionally, new fire rings and picnic tables will be added to each campsite. These campsites will be open Spring 2019.

For the 2019 camping season, the renovated campsites in main camp are designated for seasonal campers only. No campsites in this area will be available for daily camping. While Phase 2 of Main Camp is under construction, access to this area will be restricted to the entrance located across from the Main Camp dump station. Vehicles must be parked in the gravel area on the lot, or in designated parking areas (no parking in the grass). This area will not have an entrance gate in 2019 due to the location of our current gatehouse, and the construction scheduled in the next phase of renovation.

Additional improvements to infrastructure were made including the construction of a water tower which rises 150 feet and holds 50,000 gallons of water. This will provide improved water pressure throughout the park and both campgrounds. In addition, a waste water treatment plant was constructed, allowing for the development of campsites with full hook-up connections. Several exciting amenities were completed or added in 2018. A new accessible kayak launch was installed at the public boat launch on State Route 430. This launch allows everyone to safely enter and exit a kayak and has been a welcome addition to a very busy launch site. A new outdoor exercise area was constructed at the swim beach. The area is a great compliment to walking or running around the ½ mile outer road loop and will be a part of new wellness events in the future. 


 Current Construction

Main Camp Construction- Phase 2

Construction on Phase 2 of Main Camp has begun, which will result in the renovation of the middle section of campsites. Once complete, 66 sites will have full hook-up utilities and 50-amp power service. Nine additional tent sites will also be added. A new shower building with laundry facilities will replace a restroom-only facility and the existing small shower building will be renovated as well. This shower building will be closed during construction, and a portable restroom/ shower unit will be available early summer for use.


Check out the links below to see a number of different projects that have been completed.