Tappan Lake, the first dam in the Muskingum Watershed, now serves as the water source for Cadiz. The lake encompasses the submerged villages of Tappan and Lacyville, with remnants visible underwater. Tappan Lake Park, spread across 5,000 reclaimed acres, hosts various summer events, including a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display. The park features reservable picnic pavilions, a beach open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and RV sites with amenities. Fishing enthusiasts can explore one of the best bass lakes in Ohio, with regular stocking of game fish. Tappan Marina offers boat rentals, docks, bait/tackle, and fuel. Whether camping, enjoying events, or fishing, Tappan Lake invites visitors for a memorable experience.
Tappan was the first dam constructed in the Muskingum Watershed. It was the first project of its kind that allowed for a permanent impoundment behind the dam to allow for recreation and water resources. Tappan is now the water source for the nearby county seat of Cadiz. When the lake was flooded there were two villages that were inundated, Tappan, and Lacyville. Remnants of the town still remain on the bottom of the lake. The surrounding property, nearly 5000 acres was reclaimed to prevent erosion and runoff. Tappan Lake Park lies within this area.
The park hosts numerous special events and activities throughout the summer. We host one of the largest fireworks displays in Harrison County on the Fourth of July weekend, and there is always something exciting going on. There are two, reserervable, picnic pavilions, as well as large number of picnic tables in the picnic areas, located right by the beach. The beach is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. You can get an ice cream cone at the concession stand and watch the kids play on the inflatable toys.
All of the RV sites have 30 Amp electric hookups, and there is water nearby to fill up you tanks. There are several dump stations in the park, and we also offer pump out service weekly. If roughing is your style, there are plenty of primitive sites available too. The Activity center is situated in the campground, where you can pick up those forgotten items at the camp store or enjoy a meal.
If fishing is your passion, Tappan is one of the best bass lakes in the state. We are host to numerous fishing tournaments throughout the year. The lake is managed by the division of wildlife and is stocked annually with all types of game fish. All you need is your Ohio fishing license.
Tappan Marina offers seasonal boat dock rentals as well as daily boat rentals including pontoon boats and fishing boats. The Marina also offers bait/tackle and ethanol free fuel. For Rental information, contact Tappan Marina by calling 740-269-2031.
- Rates are subject to change in off-season
- Maximum lot occupancy is six (6) persons
- Standard: closer to shower and restroom facilities
See our complete rate schedule (PDF) for discounts and additional rates for permits, vehicle passes, boat decals, trailer pump-outs, winter storage, trailer transports and reservation fees.
Park Entry Fees begin Friday of Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day
Once you enter the park you are invited to enjoy park activities and amenities including the trails, playgrounds, picnic areas and the beach which is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Gate fee is $5.00 for single occupant, $10.00 per vehicle for 2 or more passengers
Park Hours: 8am-9pm every day
Beach hours: (Open Memorial Day – Labor Day)
- Monday – Thursday 11am-7pm
- Friday – Sunday (and holidays) 10am-8pm
Combine peaceful settings with the comfort of home. Eleven vacation cabins offer a number of amenities and are within a short distance of the lake. Click here for a full list of amenities, floor plans, and details.
Love to camp, but don’t have a camper or tent? Camper cabins allow connection to nature while providing shelter from the elements and a dry place to sleep.
- No running water or restroom (shower houses available throughout park)
- 2 plywood sleeping bunks (no mattress)
- Charcoal grill, picnic table, fire ring
- No pets, no smoking
RV & Tent Camping
Tappan Lake Park offers a variety of campsites that range from full hook-up to primitive campsites nestled in the woods. More than 550 campsites are available for RVs and tents to camp for a night or longer (discounted 30-day camping rates are also available). Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. If you choose an electric campsite, 30-amp service is provided.
Enjoy the beautiful park setting all summer with seasonal camping. Whether you choose to stay in the campground all season or prefer the convenience of a campsite ready for your enjoyment, seasonal camping offers a discount from the daily camping rate. A seasonal camping permit is available for a seven (7) month period, April 1 – October 31. A limited number of campsites are designated for seasonal camping. For more information about becoming a seasonal camper, click here.
Discounts : Discounts apply only to the senior citizen or veteran staying at the campsite or cabin. Discounts cannot be combined.
Senior Citizen: 10% discount the daily camping rate year round. Must be 60 years of age to qualify with valid ID.
Veterans: 10% discount off daily camping and daily cabin rentals year round. Verification from the Veterans Administration required.
Active Duty Military: 25% discount off daily camping and daily cabin rate, based on availability year round. Official document from the Department of Defense (DOD) required. Free park admission.
Former Prisoners of War and 100% Disabled American Veterans: 50% discount off of the daily and 30-day camping rate year round. 25% discount off daily camping and daily cabin rate, based on availability, year round. Lifetime free park admission. Verification from the Veterans Administration required.
Seasonal Camping: Permits to camp April 1 – October 31 at a discounted rate from daily camping.
Off-Season Camping: Discounted camping rates are available November 1 – March 31.
Pets are welcome in all camp areas. Pets are not permitted in the cabins and on the beach.