UPDATED 05/11/2020: Frequently Asked Questions Regarding MWCD Operations During COVID-19

May 6, 2020

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (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 aligning operations with the orders/ recommendations of national, state, and local public health experts.

Information will be updated frequently to adapt to the continually evolving situation.

On April 30, 2020, the Ohio Director of the Department of Health signed a Director’s Stay Safe Ohio Order to adopt new regulations. These questions have been updated to reflect the new orders.  

What facilities are closed?

Currently MWCD operated facilities are closed including; cabins, restrooms, playgrounds, and marinas are closed to the public.

UPDATE: Campgrounds are to remain closed except those sheltering in place with nowhere else to go and cabins, mobile homes, or other self-contained units, meant for single families and where pre-existing full season agreements already have been established.  On May 2, seasonal campers only were permitted to camp based on this updated order. Please note: restrooms and shower building are not permitted to re-open at this time. Campers must be self-contained.

Are the Main Offices Open? 

Update: The MWCD Main Office, and Annex buildings located in New Philadelphia are re-opening to the public on Tuesday, May 12. The offices will be open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please note that pre-arranged appointments are strongly encouraged. This will allow us to limit the number of guests in the building at one time and ensure that the staff member you seek to visit is available. Some of our staff continue to telework as recommended by the Governor. Face coverings are recommended while you visit our offices. Our staff continues to follow vigorous guidelines for cleaning and sanitization to ensure the safety of our staff, and our visitors. 

Which facilities are not MWCD operated?

The MWCD has several leased operations throughout the district. For questions regarding operations at the following facilities, please reach out to these privately-operated businesses directly, as the answers may be different for these locations:

  • Atwood Lake Marinas (East and West)
  • Atwood Lake Lighthouse Bistro (located at the West Marina)
  • Atwood Dock Restaurant (located at the East Marina)
  • Charles Mill Marina
  • Leesville Lake Marinas (North and South)
  • Leesville Lake Northfork Campground
  • Pleasant Hill Marina
  • Seneca Lake-Dockside Restaurant
  • Seneca Lake- Boat Sales and Service by Ohio Valley Boats
  • Tappan Lake- Latitude 40 Restaurant
  • Tappan Lake- Boat Sales and Service by Ohio Valley Boats

When will MWCD campgrounds re-open for everyone including daily (transient) camping?

As soon as the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) permits the campgrounds to re-open fully, we will make that announcement.  We will continue to follow guidelines and may not be able to open playgrounds and other outdoor areas right away but will allow camping as soon as possible.

Will the seasonal camper lotteries still be held?

UPDATE: The lottery for new seasonal campers will be held Saturday, May 16 via the phone. Click here for more information.

When will the Marina’s re-open?

The Marina’s will most likely first resume operations on a limited basis. An announcement will be made soon when Marina's will re-open.

UPDATE: Fuel will be offered beginning Friday, May 8. 

If I am a seasonal docker at one of the MWCD Marinas, will I be able to put my boat on the water, even if the marina is still closed?

UPDATE: Seasonal dockers were permitted to return May 2, 2020. A plan to open marinas is in place, and will be announced soon.

Public boat launches remain open. 

If the park or marina remains closed after my permit starts will I receive a refund?

UPDATE: Now that restrictions have been lifted for seasonal camping and docking, a pro-rated refund for the number of days you are unable to camp or dock at MWCD operated facilities due to restrictions put in place by the Ohio Department of Health as a result of COVID-19 are being calculated. A process for issuing refunds is currently under consideration. An update will be provided soon.

Under normal circumstances, seasonal camping permits begin April 1, and seasonal docking permits begin April 15.

If I am a seasonal camper who has opted into the payment plan, can I have an extension on my payment?

Payments for those utilizing the seasonal payment plan have been extended by 30 days. The new due dates are as follows: May 15, July 15, and September 15.

If my reservation was canceled due to the Corona Virus or I cancel my reservation due to the virus, will I receive a refund?

Yes, refunds will be provided in full. Contact the park or marina directly where the reservation was made.

Are the cabins still available to rent?

Currently the cabins (including the park model cabins at Piedmont Marina) are closed until further notice. All reservations made while the cabins are unable to be open will be refunded in full.

Are trails available for hiking?

Yes, trails are open! Please note that due to rain and flooding the trails are muddy in some areas, and access may be limited due to high water.

Can I still fish along the shoreline of the lakes?

Yes, fishing along the shoreline is permitted on public property.

Are the boat launch ramps still open?

Yes, the boat launch ramps are still open.

Can I get a fishing license or register my boat at an MWCD marina?

While MWCD marinas remain closed to the public, we will not be offering these services. 

Are fishing tournaments permitted during the Stay at Home Order?

No fishing tournaments will be permitted while the Stay at Home Order is in place. 

Are the rangers still patrolling MWCD lands?

Yes, Rangers are still patrolling, and providing aid to the public.

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