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Tappan Marina and Restaurant Slated to Open Early Summer 2021

  |  April 29, 2021
Construction is nearly complete on the $4.4 million Tappan Marina building renovation project which began in 2020. Travelers on State Route 250 have had a front row view to the construction progress, which features the development of a new 250-seat restaurant.

Join the MWCD Earth Day Challenge and Receive a FREE Night of Camping!

  |  April 14, 2021
The first cleanup will take place on April 17, 2021 at Charles Mill, Pleasant Hill, and Seneca Lakes. The second is on April 24 at Atwood, Clendening, Piedmont, and Tappan Lakes.

MWCD Partners with Ohio Water Development Authority to Invest $5M in Water Quality Improvements for the Region

  |  April 6, 2021
A core mission of the MWCD is to maintain good water quality in our lakes and rivers for the benefit and enjoyment of the community.

MWCD Park and Marina Advisory Committee

  |  March 19, 2021
The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) is currently accepting nominations for a Park and Marina Advisory Committee (PMAC).

Winter 2021 Lakeviews Newsletter

  |  March 15, 2021
LakeViews is a newsletter that has been published and distributed for more than 30 years, to keep property owners and residents in the District informed on Conservancy news, projects, and events.

MWCD Advisory Committee to Welcome New Member

  |  March 5, 2021
Members of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) Board of Directors approved the appointment of Bob Alsept during a recent meeting to the volunteer Development Advisory Committee (DAC).
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WhoaZone Inflatable Obstacle Course Coming to Atwood and Pleasant Hill Lakes in 2021

  |  February 25, 2021
WhoaZone is designed to ensure every guest has an amazing experience and is the perfect attraction for those seeking over-the-top adventures, mind-blowing acrobatic thrills, and safe, yet fun, athletic challenges.  

MWCD Names Chief Counsel

  |  February 8, 2021
Jonathan Mizer has been named Chief Counsel for the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD). Appointed by the MWCD Board of Directors in November of 2020, Mizer had previously served as Associate Counsel for MWCD since May 2018.

HFP Racing and Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District partner to bring multisport racing back to Ohio

  |  January 25, 2021
HFP Racing (HFP) and the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) today officials announced a partnership to bring the HFP triathlon and duathlon races to MWCD parks in 2021.

The MWCD is currently planning for the second phase of renovations, and we're looking for your input!

  |  December 28, 2020
Please join us for an upcoming focus group session to dive deeper into what activities and amenities inspire you!

MWCD Awards Over $750,000 in Grants Locally to Improve Water Quality

  |  November 30, 2020
Members of the MWCD Board of Directors approved $748,450.37 in grants to ten local organizations.

MWCD Advisory Committee to Welcome New Member

  |  November 23, 2020
Members of the MWCD Board of Directors approved the appointment of Karl Gebhardt during a recent meeting to the volunteer Development Advisory Committee.

MWCD Receives OPRA Award

  |  November 13, 2020
Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) has announced its 2020 Annual Awards of Excellence winners and locally, the MWCD won a 1st place award in the Natural Resources & Conservation for the Tuscarawas River Water Trail.

MWCD Receives Auditor of State Award for Clean Audit Report

  |  November 4, 2020
The MWCD has been awarded the Auditor of State Award from the Ohio Auditor of State's office for meeting a range of criteria for required audits conducted on the conservancy district's financial records for the past year.

MWCD Names Chief of Recreation

  |  November 2, 2020
After a nationwide search, Ryan McCleaster has been named Chief of Recreation for Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).

Movies at the Lake Planned for September & October

  |  September 21, 2020
Bring your popcorn and snacks and watch a movie under the stars from your car, truck, golf cart, or camp chair!

MWCD Winter Drawdown Schedule and Reservoir Projects Released

  |  September 18, 2020
As part of the flood risk management operation of the reservoirs and dams in the Muskingum River Watershed, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) conducts annual temporary drawdown of the normal pool elevation of the lake levels.

ODNR Designates the Tuscarawas River as 15th State Water Trail

  |  August 20, 2020
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz designated the Tuscarawas River in eastern Ohio as the state’s 15th official water trail during a small ceremony on August 14, 2020 in Uhrichsville, Ohio.

2020 Atwood Fall Festival Cancelled

  |  August 13, 2020
MWCD officials announce jointly with the Atwood Area Fall Festival Committee that the 38th annual Atwood Area Fall Festival has been canceled. It was planned for October 2 - 4, 2020.

Fireworks Update at MWCD Parks

  |  August 7, 2020
We continue to follow guidance and requirements from public health officials when making decisions about events at MWCD parks, and it is with that in mind we need to cancel all fireworks displays.

MWCD Chief of Recreation/ Chief Ranger Retires

  |  August 4, 2020
Scott Barnhart, Chief of Recreation/ Chief Ranger for the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD), served his last day on Friday, July 31, 2020 after more than 31 years of exemplary service.

MWCD Parks to Host Ranger Day!

  |  July 17, 2020
Participants will be able to meet and talk to MWCD Park Rangers, along with Law Enforcement officers from nearby agencies including K9 officers. The event includes demonstrations, giveaways including finger print kits, photo ops, and an obstacle course.

Summer Lakeviews Now Available Online!

  |  July 8, 2020
Featured in this issue: New Executive Director, Master Plan Project Status, Coshocton Forest, John Hoopingarner Recognition from US Army Corps of Engineers, Earth Day Clean-up, Reforestation Projects
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July Fireworks Shows Postponed at MWCD Lake Parks

  |  June 3, 2020
It is our desire to reschedule all firework shows later this summer if at all feasible. Dates to be announced at a later time.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding MWCD Operations During COVID-19

  |  May 18, 2020
Information will be updated frequently to adapt to the continually evolving situation. 

Campground Re-Open to Everyone on May 21, 2020

  |  May 18, 2020
Just in time for Memorial Day, we finally we received the news we've been waiting for, to re-open the campgrounds to EVERYONE!
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MWCD Cabins, Marinas, and Park Offices Open Friday, May 15!

  |  May 13, 2020
Online reservations are available for boat rentals, and cabin reservations at

MWCD Main Offices Re-Open Tuesday, May 12

  |  May 11, 2020
Prearranged appointments are strongly encouraged at the Bryce Browning building and are required at the Annex building.
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UPDATED 05/11/2020: Frequently Asked Questions Regarding MWCD Operations During COVID-19

  |  May 6, 2020
Information will be updated frequently to adapt to the continually evolving situation.
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Exciting News for MWCD Seasonal Campers and Dockers

  |  May 1, 2020
Based on the new order issued by Ohio Department of Health, MWCD campgrounds and docks will open tomorrow, May 2, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. for seasonal campers and dockers ONLY! Restrooms and showers remain closed. Daily camping is not yet permitted. We will post an update as soon as we have more information.
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