Griggs Reservoir, Columbus, OH

The City of Columbus first impounded the Scioto River in 1904 to supply water to the growing metropolis. The lake has been a recreational hotspot for central Ohioans for many years and will continue as a recreational boating and fishing destination in the future.

Buckeye Lake, Millersport, OH

Buckeye Lake is the heart of Buckeye Lake State Park near Millersport, southeast of Columbus. Buckeye Lake was originally impounded by blocking drainage into the South Fork of the Licking River with a dike. The project was completed to create a reservoir to serve the state’s growing feeder canal system but within a few years of the dike’s completion in 1830, the railroad made great economic inroads in Ohio. The feeder system was abandoned but Buckeye Lake was born.

Burr Oak Lake, Glouster, OH

The Tom Jenkins Dam impounds the East Branch of Sunday Creek, a tributary of the Hocking River, just above the Sunday Creek mouth. The dam was completed by the Corps of Engineers in 1950 as a matter of local survival. Residents of the Hocking River Basin and Athens, Glouster, and Lancaster had tolerated extensive spring flooding since the area was first settled. The worst flood in the area’s history occurred in 1907. The local, state, and federal government began cooperating in studying the situation and under the Flood Control Act of 1944, construction of the dam began.

Indian Lake, Lakeview, OH

Indian Lake is easily one of central Ohio’s most popular lakes. Every year an estimated million or more visits are made to Indian Lake throughout the year. It’s a popular boating, fishing, and camping destination.

The 5,800-acre lake is a recreational boater’s paradise. Four state launch areas serve hundreds of boats during the summer months and more as the waterfowl hunting season arrives.

Tappan Lake, Uhrichsville, OH

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed a rolled earth dam to form Tappan Lake. The impressive structure has a maximum height of 52 feet and a top length of 1,550 feet. The lake soon became a top outdoor recreation spot for fishing, boating, and camping.

Tappan Lake Park provides over 500 campsites that include electric and full hookup sites. Primitive and group campsites are a bit more rugged. For those not so willing to rough it 10 cabins are available.

Fishing is a regular occurrence on the lake with several species providing excellent prospects.

Senecaville Lake, Senecaville, OH

Senecaville Lake is a popular fishing and recreational boating destination. The reservoir is one of Ohio’s largest inland lakes at 3,550 acres. Senecaville, also known as Seneca Lake, lies in Guernsey and Noble counties near the intersections of interstate highways 70 and 77.
The dam was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1938 to impound the Seneca Fork of Wills Creek. The lake is managed by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District with an emphasis on outdoor recreation.

Pleasant Hill Lake, Perrysville, OH

Pleasant Hill Lake is a popular boating and fishing destination covering 783 acres of water in Ashland County. The dam impounds Pleasant Lake on the Clear Fork branch of the Mohican River with a rolled earth fill-style dam filled with waterproof clay. The dam alone is an impressive sight. The dam’s height extends upward to 113 feet and the length reaches 775 feet. The top width of the dam is 30 feet across with a base width of 550 feet. The project was completed in 1936.

Piedmont Lake, Piedmont, OH

Piedmont Lake is a long sprawling impoundment on Stillwater Creek that invites boaters and anglers to enjoy its 2,270 acres of wide open water. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed the dam in 1937 and impounded a lake that is now 10 miles long, has a maximum depth of 38 feet, and has nearly 40 miles of shoreline. Water levels are drawn down drastically in the winter months.

Recreational interest centers on fishing and quiet shoreline activities.

Paint Creek Lake, Bainbridge, OH

Paint Creek Lake is a popular summer vacation destination with lots to do. The lake is part of the Paint Creek State Park near Bainbridge and is loaded with amenities and facilities. Park visitors find great recreational opportunities and a chance to get away from the daily routine.

North Branch Kokosing River Lake, Warsaw, OH

The North Branch Kokosing River Lake is a great place to take a nap if the fish aren’t biting. The lake covers 149 acres in Knox County and is a great little fishing destination if you don’t mind relaxing more than you’re fishing.

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