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Tappan Lake

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.

Seneca Lake

Discover Seneca Lake Park in Guernsey and Noble counties near Cambridge, Ohio, accessible via I-70 and I-77. With 3,550 acres of water, 4,060 acres of land, and a max depth of 31 feet, it’s an ideal retreat for boating and camping. Enjoy 576 campsites, a swimming beach, nature center, and Dockside Restaurant. Seneca Lake Marina provides boating services, and fishing is stocked by ODNR Division of Wildlife. Explore nine miles of hiking trails and the nearby Buckeye Trail. Whether camping or enjoying outdoor activities, Seneca Lake Park offers a year-round escape.

Pleasant Hill Lake

Pleasant Hill Lake is an 850-acre unlimited horsepower lake surrounded by 1350 acres of land.  Hundreds of thousands of guests come to Pleasant Hill Lake Park every year to enjoy recreational activities such as camping, log cabins, marina, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting, picnicking, swimming, and kayaking.

Charles Mill Lake Park

Charles Mill Lake Park is situated on 2,000 acres in Richland and Ashland Counties. Charles Mill Dam is a rolled earth fill dam with an impervious, water resistant, clay core that was constructed in 1935-36 on the Black Fork Creek for the purpose of flood control. The lake has a surface area of 1350 acres, a maximum depth of 24 feet and 34 miles of shore line. The lake has a horsepower limit of 10 and provides opportunities for sailing, boating and fishing. The park features two campgrounds (Main Camp and Eagle Point) with a combined total of 457 campsites and three patio cabins.

Atwood Lake Park

Atwood Lake Park is located in Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. An easy drive from Akron and Cleveland, Atwood Lake Park is a close getaway vacation. Atwood is one of the state’s — and region’s — top lakes for sailing and pleasure boating. Atwood Lake Park features a wide, sandy beach, vending area, changing room with showers, playground, picnic area and picnic shelters.

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