Description - Work on Mohawk Dam began in April 1935 and was completed in September 1937. Aiding in the control of floodwaters from the Muskingum River. It has been serving its function faithfully ever since. This is a dry dam, which means there is no permanent pool and water is present while impounded during flood control operations. However, the Walhonding River is popular for canoeing and fishing. Picnicking and camping facilities are available along the river.
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
- Mohawk Dam has no permanent pool of water yet water sport enthusiasts find enjoyment in and around Walhonding River.
Walhonding River access can be reached below the dam via the gravel road through the recreation area. It takes you to a car-top boat launch area of the river. Above the dam a take-out point is located on the right descending bank. There is a concrete portage path over the dam and back to the river. Canoeing is popular in this area, with several canoe rentals near by. Please be aware that river elevations can fluctuate widely, especially after heavy rain. During flood control operations at Mohawk Dam, lands and public roads behind the dam that are within the reservoir, can become flooded. Any person using the river must be aware of this fact. Call the Mohawk Dam office for the latest information.
Fishing along the Walhonding River is permitted along the tail waters below the dam. This access point, which includes a graveled boat access to the river, is open year-round except in severe winter weather. Unimproved access points may be found via Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) property upstream of the dam.
Mohawk Dam Campground is located beside the Walhonding River below the dam on SR 715. Starting May 2001 it is leased to MWCD. It has an associated picnic area (grills provided) and river access point. This small, quiet campground has 37 sites for tents, trailers and RVs. Electric is available at all sites. Water is available at several locations within the campground and three gray water stations have been installed for the disposal of dishwater, etc. A restroom with water and flush toilets is nearby. A new dump station is now in service.
A small system of cleared hiking trails is located just below the dam and accessed from the recreation area. The trail, about one mile in total length, begins on the far side of the tail waters and traverses through a mixture of woodland, with nearby wetland, and also accesses the Walhonding River. Another lovely walk is available in and around nearby 19th century Roscoe Village.
Bicycles are permitted on roads and in campground areas. If you are looking for more of an adventure try the Kokosing Gap Trail. This well-known bike path has an access point at Howard, Ohio (north on SR 36).
Although the USACE property surrounding Mohawk Dam is not large enough to open to public hunting, a large number of hunters are drawn to the rural Mohawk Dam area because of the adjacent Public Hunting Area owned by MWCD. The area consists largely of hilly woodlands as well as flat bottomlands (used largely for farming). Plentiful populations of deer bring in many hunters during gun season. Turkey populations seem to be relatively good in this area. The area supports squirrel, rabbit and other small game species. To a lesser degree, hunting migratory birds is done along the Walhonding River. See contact information below.
The visitor center is located at the Mohawk Dam office, open Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 4 PM. Brochures and maps of the area are available. Tours of the dam may be arranged. Special presentations can also be conducted on or off site to educate groups concerning the dam, flood control, environmental subjects and other topics.
Handicapped accessible facilities are located at the project office and the restrooms at the recreation area. Persons wanting to drive closer to the river can do so at the river access road near the campground. During normal business hours, go to the office for access below the dam on the right descending bank of the river.
History buffs enjoy touring Roscoe Village, a restored and historical canal town near Coshocton. Remnants of the historical Walhonding Canal and its associated "locks" can be found in the area. Look for it as you drive along State Routes 36 and 715. This canal was built in the early 1800s as part of the Ohio-Erie Canal that traversed Ohio from Portsmouth to Cleveland. The Walhonding Canal Lock #9, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is located near the Mohawk Dam Campground.
Recreation - Outdoor enthusiasts traveling to Mohawk Dam can enjoy paddlesports, camping, picnicking, hiking, viewing historic sites, biking, and nearby hunting.
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.
Mohawk Dam is approximately 15 miles west of Coshocton, Ohio and 25 miles east of Mount Vernon, Ohio. Access to the dam is via State Route 36 (which connects Mount Vernon and Coshocton), then State Route 715 which travels directly across the crest of the dam.