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UPDATED 04/03/2020: Frequently Asked Questions Regarding MWCD Operations During COVID-19

  |  April 3, 2020
Information will be updated frequently to adapt to the continually evolving situation.
Keywords: coronavirus, covid-19

MWCD campgrounds will be closed to the public Tuesday, March 24 - Tuesday, April 7, 2020

  |  March 23, 2020
We will continue to follow the guidance provided by ODH and provide an update should this order be extended.

MWCD to Close Buildings to the Public

  |  March 17, 2020
The MWCD prioritizes the safety and health of our community: the visitors we serve, our employees, volunteers, and neighbors. Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are committed to align operations with the orders/ recommendations of national, state, and local public health experts.
Keywords: building closure

MWCD Response to the Coronavirus

  |  March 11, 2020
One of the values of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) is safety. We foster a culture of safety to ensure protection of our customers, our partners and each other.

1,800+ acres of Coshocton Forest preserved

  |  March 5, 2020
American Electric Power (AEP), Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Ohio Public Works Commission and Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) have worked together to permanently preserve 1,827 acres of forestland in Linton Township.
Keywords: coshocton forest

2019 Partners in Watershed Management Grant Recipients Approved

  |  March 2, 2020
The Board of Directors of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) approved $1,009,543.62 in grants to fifteen local organizations through the Partners in Watershed Management Grant Program.

MWCD Board of Directors Announces Next Executive Director

  |  February 24, 2020
The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) Board of Directors is pleased to announce their appointment of Craig W. Butler as the organization's next Executive Director. Butler will begin his duties with the MWCD on May 1, 2020.

Seeking Beach Concession Operator at Seneca Lake!

  |  January 20, 2020
The MWCD is seeking a food service professional to operate the beach concession stand at Seneca Lake Park in 2020. Proposals are due February 19, 2020.
Keywords: beach, concession, lease

MWCD is seeking Request for Proposals to provide beach amenities at Atwood and Pleasant Hill Lake Park

  |  January 2, 2020
The MWCD is seeking a professional vendor to provide visitors at Atwood and Pleasant Hill Lake Parks with beach areas featuring high quality amenities and fun experiences.

Lake Views Newsletter- Fall 2019

  |  November 4, 2019
Hoopingarner to Retire, Master Plan Phase Two, Hunter Education Course, Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience, Job Fair

MWCD Announces Winter Drawdown

  |  September 26, 2019
MWCD Winter Drawdown Schedule has been released for 2019-2020

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Executive Director Announces Retirement

  |  September 3, 2019
John Hoopingarner, Executive Director of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD), has announced that he will retire on May 31, 2020 after more than 30 years of service to the MWCD.

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District begins search for new Executive Director

  |  September 3, 2019
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District begins search for new Executive Director

Executive Director Position Profile

  |  September 3, 2019
Position Profile Executive Director Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District New Philadelphia

Improvements To Tappan Lake Marina Are Set To Begin This Fall

  |  August 26, 2019
Construction will begin at Tappan Lake Marina this fall, however the schedule is currently being adjusted as a result of the bids submitted by contractors being over budget.

Explores of Nature with MWCD

  |  August 6, 2019
Discover nature with MWCD! Programs are held Memorial Day to Labor Day at Atwood, Charles Mill, Pleasant Hill, Seneca and Tappan Lake Parks.

Explores of Nature

  |  August 6, 2019

Explores of Nature

  |  August 6, 2019

MWCD Board Approves Phase Two of Master Plan Improvements for $65 Million

  |  July 25, 2019
On July 19, 2019 the Board of Directors approved a $65M plan with a funding distribution of approximately $45M for park improvements, and $20M for marina improvements.   

Boating Advisory Lifted on Atwood and Leesville Lakes

  |  July 18, 2019
The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) is lifting a boating advisory for Atwood and Leesville Lakes effective July 19, 2019. Courtesy and boarding docks remain unusable, but public boat launch ramps will open.

Boating Advisory Lifted for Charles Mill Lake

  |  July 4, 2019
The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) has lifted a boating advisory for Charles Mill Lake. Public boat launch ramps are open and boating activities on Charles Mill Lake can resume as usual.

Atwood Lake Park Fireworks: July 5, 2019

  |  July 3, 2019
Visit Atwood Lake Park to celebrate Independence Day with a firework show over the lake on Friday, July 5th! Fireworks will be set off at dusk and can be viewed from the campgrounds, shore, and lake.

Lake Levels

  |  July 2, 2019
Real time, current reservoir levels in the Muskingum River Watershed are always a click away.

Boating Advisory Lifted for Pleasant Hill Lake

  |  June 29, 2019
The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) has lifted a boating advisory for Pleasant Hill Lake. Public boat launch ramps are open and boating activities on Pleasant Hill Lake can resume as usual.

Charles Mill Lake Park Fireworks Rescheduled

  |  June 26, 2019
The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) is rescheduling Independence Day fireworks at Charles Mill Lake Park. The fireworks, originally scheduled for Saturday, July 6, have been rescheduled for August 31, 2019 due to high water levels.

Boating Advisory on Atwood and Leesville Lakes

  |  June 25, 2019
The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) has issued a boating advisory for Atwood and Leesville Lakes. Due to high water conditions, the entire lake is designated no wake zone until further notice.

Career Day at Atwood

  |  June 10, 2019
On May 20, 2019 MWCD hosted a Middle School Career Connections event at Atwood Lake Park. Fourteen middle school students from the Tusky Valley and Conotton Valley school districts attended the event. Through the East Central Ohio Educational Service

Rescued and Rehabilitated Bobcat Released in Clendening Lake Region

  |  June 6, 2019
On May 31, 2019, MWCD and Lake Metroparks staff released a rehabilitated bobcat near Clendening Lake

MWCD Board Approves $6.1 Million Dollar Project at Tappan Marina

  |  May 17, 2019
This fall, customers of Tappan Lake Marina will begin to see the first steps of a complete renovation of the MWCD-owned and operated facility.