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Explore the Shores, Trails, Woods, and Waterways of the Muskingum Watershed

Find your way into the woods, parks, and waterways of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. This is your wilderness expedition—choose your own adventure!

Boating and Marinas

Boating by kayak, canoe, sailboat, pontoon boat, fishing boat, and more is one of the most popular ways to explore and enjoy the Muskingum Watershed. MWCD offers free public boat launch ramps at each of its lakes. Find horsepower limits by lake as well as marina docking, service, and storage rates.

Man and child fishing off the water bank

Hiking & Biking Trails

Pick your favorite path or try a new trail… with 41,000 acres of land to explore, options abound!

Group hiking up a trail

Equestrian Trails

Get away with your favorite steed at the Pleasant Hill Lake equestrian camp, complete with a dedicated trail system developed in partnership with the Ohio Horseman’s Council.

Group hiking up a trail

Water Trails

Explore the rivers and reservoirs of the Muskingum Watershed through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ dedicated water trail program, which keeps waterways clear for kayaks, boats, and canoes.

Mother and daughter canoeing on the river


Fishing is permitted on all MWCD lakes. Download fishing maps, register for upcoming tournaments, review ODNR fishing regulations, and find out where your favorite fish are swimming.

Man and child fishing off the water bank


Locate and download maps of the designated hunting areas throughout MWCD’s 57,000 acres of land and water, being sure to comply with any signage showing restricted use areas in the field.

Mother and daughter canoeing on the river

Boat Clubs & Docking Associations

Keep your boat on one of MWCD’s many lakes through one of the area’s private clubs or docking associations. No-fee docking decals are also available for certain watercraft.

Man and child fishing off the water bank

Youth Camps

Nearly one dozen camps call the Muskingum Watershed home. Learn more about these character-shaping camps surrounding five MWCD lakes.

Mother and daughter canoeing on the river


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