Enjoy Labor Day weekend at the MWCD lakes

August 27, 2012

The summer season at the five Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) lake parks is coming to a close after the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 3).


But camping, boating, fishing and remain available all year long at the MWCD parks located at Atwood, Charles Mill, Pleasant Hill, Seneca and Tappan lakes. And boating, fishing, hiking and more also are available at Clendening, Leesville, Piedmont and Wills Creek lakes, which also are managed by the MWCD.


The swimming beaches at the five lake parks and many of the season’s scheduled activities will close for the summer at the end of the day on Monday (Sept. 3). Activities and events are planned throughout the holiday weekend at the parks, and some special events also are scheduled during the fall months. For details, visit www.mwcd.org.


Free public boat launch ramps, fishing, hiking trails and thousands and thousands of acres of land and water open for public access, along with camping and events at the five lake parks, have made the MWCD’s lakes and lands popular destinations for several decades.


“The end of the summer season is always bittersweet for the staff members at the MWCD lake parks,” said Darrin Lautenschleger, MWCD public affairs administrator. “But we do want to remind everyone that while the lake parks begin scaling back programs and amenities after Labor Day, visitors can enjoy the parks and lakes all year long.”


The MWCD also manages campgrounds located at North Branch Kokosing Park near Fredericktown in Knox County, at Leesville Lake near Clow’s Marina located near Sherrodsville in Carroll County, and at Piedmont Marina on Piedmont Lake in Belmont County. Marinas operated by the MWCD are located at Piedmont Lake and at Seneca Lake.


Details about the MWCD facilities, rates and more can be found on the MWCD website at www.mwcd.org.


And besides the facilities operated directly by the MWCD, there are many other exciting opportunities to enjoy a visit to an MWCD lake. Two marinas each are located at Atwood Lake in Carroll and Tuscarawas counties, and at Leesville Lake in Carroll County. Marinas also are located at Charles Mill Lake in Ashland and Richland counties, Clendening Lake in Harrison County, Pleasant Hill Lake in Ashland County and Tappan Lake in Harrison County.


An estimated 5.5 million people visit the MWCD lakes each year.


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 more than $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 www.mwcd.org and follow the MWCD on Facebook and Twitter.


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