Labor Day weekend perfect time for 'getaway' to MWCD parks

August 29, 2011

The end of summer is nearing, but the Labor Day holiday weekend certainly still is a great time for a getaway to the lakes and parks of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).


Camping, boating, fishing, hiking, biking and much more are available on the 54,000 acres (including 16,000 acres of water space) of property that the MWCD manages at 14 reservoirs, with much of it open for free public access. Boat launch ramps at the MWCD lakes also are free for visitors.


The five MWCD lake parks – Atwood, Charles Mill, Pleasant Hill, Seneca and Tappan parks – will celebrate the long weekend (Sept. 2-5) with a wide variety of special events and activities for children and adults. Camping is available all weekend long and the parks’ swimming beaches are open through Monday (Sept. 5).


The parks close for the summer on Tuesday (Sept. 6) with many regular and special activities coming to an end for the year. However, camping is available all year long at the five parks and a limited number of events are planned in the parks during the fall months. For a complete list of activities, check with the park offices or at the MWCD website at


Visitors planning to spend a day at the swimming beach or participating in the other activities inside the parks are admitted for a cost of $5 per vehicle. Rentals of the parks’ picnic shelters are available to the general public and boat docking space can be rented by overnight guests of the parks. For complete details, contact the parks directly or visit for information.


The MWCD lake parks are at the following locations:


Atwood Lake Park – 9500 Lakeview Rd. NE, Mineral City (Carroll and Tuscarawas counties) – or (330) 343-6780


Charles Mill Lake Park – 1277A Rt. 430, Mansfield (Ashland and Richland counties) – or (419) 368-6885


Pleasant Hill Lake Park – 3431 Rt. 95, Perrysville (Ashland and Richland counties) – or (419) 938-7884


Seneca Lake Park – 22172 Park Rd., Senecaville (Guernsey and Noble counties) – or (740) 685-6013


Tappan Lake Park – 84000 Mallarnee Rd., Deersville (Harrison County) – or (740) 922-3649


Camping, boating and outdoor recreation also are available at the other MWCD lakes, including at Clow’s Marina and Petersburg Marina on Leesville Lake in Carroll County, at Clendening Marina on Clendening Lake in Harrison County, at Piedmont Marina on Piedmont Lake in Belmont County and at the North Branch Kokosing Campgound on the Kokosing River in Knox County.


The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving nearly $10 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).


For more information about the MWCD, visit and follow the MWCD on Facebook and Twitter.


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