Description - The Charles Mill Dam is a rolled earth fill with an impervious clay core. The embankment has a maximum height of 48 feet, a crest length of 1,390 feet and a crest width of 20 feet. The project also consists of two dikes and one levee. The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District administers the recreation facilities at Charles Mill Lake.
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
Charles Mill Lake
- The Charles Mill Lake area offers a variety of recreations including biking on state highways and on all roadways in the day use and Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) Park. The 1,350-acre lake has a 10 HP limit with launching facilities available at the Charles Mill Lake Marina, which is open all year and offers docking, boat rentals, fuel, supplies, boat sales and service. Fishing and picnicking are permitted at the day use area above the dam.
Camping at Charles Mill Lake is available through MWCD, offering 500 campsites with and without electric hookups, a swimming beach, teepee rental, patio cabins, camper cabins, picnic shelter, hiking trails, and special events.
Horseback riding is available from private businesses near Loudonville Ohio. Canoeing is offered through local outfitters. Hunting takes place on MWCD land.
Handicapped facilities are available at the day use area on a seasonal basis, May through September.
Recreation - Activities at Charles Mill Lake include biking on local roads, picnicking and fishing at the dam, and hiking the surrounding dam property. Camping and hunting opportunities take place on the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District park. Horseback riding and canoeing are offered through several nearby private businesses.
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.
Charles Mill Lake is located on the Black Fork of the Mohican River, 10 miles east of Mansfield, Ohio and 10 miles southwest of Ashland, Ohio.