Description - Atwood Lake was constructed primarily for flood control, recreation, fish and wildlife management. The Atwood Dam is a rolled earth fill with impervious core, 65 feet high, 3,700 feet long, with a top width of 30 feet, and a base width of 360 feet. The recreation facilities at Atwood Lake are administered by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy.
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
- Atwood Lake offers the recreation enthusiast a number of choices when it comes to outdoor pleasure. The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Park manages many of the recreation facilities around the lake.
Bicycles are permitted on the state highways, and bicycle trails are located within the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) Park.
A public launch ramp for boaters is available near the Atwood Lake Dam year-round. There is a 25 HP limit on the lake. There are two marinas located on the lake, which are operated by private enterprise. Call the marina for details; contact information below. Fishing is best near and below the dam where depths reach 30'.
Hikers will find limited areas extending around the dam. Horseback riding is available from private businesses near the MWCD Park. Picnicking is at Atwood Lake Day Use Area
The MWCD Park also manages the lake's campground, which offers 500 sites with full hookups, a swimming beach, cabin rental, picnic area with shelters, activity center, nature center, hiking trails, special events, laundry facility, and camp store. Contact information below.
In addition, MWCD Park operates the Atwood Lake Resort, a 104-room facility with conference and banquet facilities, an 18-hole par 70 golf course, a par 3 lighted golf course, driving range, and 17 year-round lake shore vacation cabins.
Many of the lake's facilities are ADA compliant April through October.
Recreation - Activities at Atwood Lake include bicycling, boating, camping, fishing, limited hiking, limited horseback riding, and picnicking. Atwood does offer a marina. No swimming available.
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.
Atwood lake is located on the Indian Fork of the Conotton Creek, 4 miles southeast of New Cumberland, Ohio, and 18 miles east of Dover, Ohio, in Tuscarawas County, on State Route 212.