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 that continue to impact recreational boating and camping at Charles Mill Lake.  

Charles Mill Lake continues to be several feet over summer pool, which causes hazards in and under the water. The public launch ramps remain closed and many campsites in the park are still under water or are too muddy to be usable.

“Many park guests and residents around Charles Mill Lake enjoy viewing the fireworks display on their boat. Currently, too much debris remains in the water, and boat traffic is not passable under the bridge on the lake,” according to Steve Rice, Park Manager. “Based on current outflow at the dam and an unpredictable weather forecast, we have decided to reschedule the fireworks, providing ample notice to our guests. Our primary concern is boater safety.”

Park staff also plans activities and events throughout the summer, such as naturalist led hikes, crafts, and social events.  These activities will continue as planned, offering entertainment to guests and nearby communities. Visit for a list of scheduled events.

Real time, reservoir levels in the Muskingum River Watershed are always a click away. Present stream gage readings, current reservoir levels measured against normal levels, historical data, and "on-the-ground" results of reservoir levels featuring local landmarks, highways and other features can be found on the lake of interest. Lake levels can be found at

This information is provided courtesy of the Huntington (WV) District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and is the same data used by the USACE as part of its management decisions.

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 over $7 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).

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