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Wills  Creek Lake
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
Wills Creek Lake
Description - Wills Creek Lake is contained within the banks of Wills Creek, 108 miles above the mouth of the Muskingum River at Marietta, Ohio. The dam site is one mile upstream of the town of Wills Creek, Ohio and lies within both Coshocton and Muskingum Counties. The embankment for Wills Creek Dam is rolled earth fill with a central impervious core and is founded on overburden. The maximum height of the embankment is 87 feet above the streambed at an elevation of 799.0 feet mean sea level with a crest of 1950 feet and a top width of 30 feet.

Attractions - Wills Creek Lake, an impoundment of Wills Creek, a tributary of Muskingum River and 108.2 miles above the mouth of the Muskingum, sprawls to 900 acres of water surface enticing anglers and boaters. Developed recreation is very limited. Wildlife watching, fishing, canoeing, and hunting are the primary sports enjoyed. There is a 10 HP limit on the lake. A public launching ramp is located of State Route 83. (Turning off SR 83 onto County Road 429 will carry you to the dam facility). Boaters should be aware of shallow areas with submerged tree stumps. There are no public restrooms at Wills Creek.

Recreation - Wills Creek Lake invites its visitors to boat, fish, hunt, and enjoy wildlife watching.

Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.

Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.

Location - Wills Creek Lake Dam is located outside Coshocton. It is reachable by taking U.S. Route 16 west then south on State Route 83 for about 5 miles then turning west on County Road 429.

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Contact Information:
Wills Creek Lake, CR-497 49320 , Coshocton, OH, 43812-9496, Phone: 740-829-2425

Additional Information:
Ohio Lakes and Reservoirs - Ohio has more than 2,500 lakes and 44,000 miles of rivers and streams. Lake Erie, the southernmost Great Lake, is a major recreation attraction.
Southeast Ohio - Ohio's rugged beauty awaits in Southeast Travel Region where miles of tree-lined trails traverse the landscape once inhabited by Native Americans.

Wills Creek Lake - Official agency website.


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