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Clendening Lake
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
Clendening Lake
Description - Clendening Lake is located in Harrison County, Ohio on the Brushy Fork of the Stillwater Creek, half a mile east of Tippecanoe, Ohio, and 9 miles southeast of Uhrichsville, Ohio. Clendening Lake was constructed primarily for flood control, recreation, fish and wildlife management. Clendening Dam is a rolled earth fill with impervious core, 65 feet high, 3,700 feet long, with a top width of 20 feet, and a base width of 460 feet.

Attractions - Clendening Lake Dam offers a limited number of recreational pursuits. The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) offers a more extensive list.

The lake has a year-round public launch ramp near the dam. Boaters should note that a 10 HP limit exists. Anglers typically snag small and largemouth bass, as well as muskie. The Clendening Marina, a private facility, operates seasonally, April through October.

At Clendening, biking is permitted on state highways and county roads. There are no designated trails. Picnic sites are available at the Clendening Lake Day Use Area adjacent to the dam. Additional picnic sites and picnic shelters are located at the marina. Hiking is permitted around the dam; however, the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District offers a more extensive trail system. It also has one designated swimming area accessible by boat. Recreation maps, including those for hunting and fishing spots, are available by contacting the MWCD.

Handicapped facilities are open seasonally at the Clendening Lake Day Use Area (April through October).

Recreation - Recreational opportunities at Clendening Lake include biking, boating, fishing, hiking, and picnicking.

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 - Clendening Lake is approximately 10 miles southeast of Uhrichsville, Ohio. From State Route 800 in Uhrichsville travel 0.25-mile east of Tippecanoe to County Road 69.

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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Went on my first catfish trip there, the people that works at the Marina aren't that friendly as I expect them to be, more of snob folks. I brought my catfish in to have it weighted, the lady that works there, pointed at the food metal basket scale min of 10 lbs, I was upset, then the man put my fish on old rusty scale left in the shed, unfit my fish! Would recommended only one thing, is to bring your own scale! Those folks are cheap.

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Contact Information:
Clendening Lake, P.O. Box 116 , TIPPECANOE, OH, 44699-0116, Phone: 614-658-3743

Additional Information:
Northeast Ohio - Experience the beautiful Northeast Travel Region! Rich cultural heritage, lush green meadows and moist fern-covered gorges offer the visitor endless natural enjoyment.
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.

Clendening Lake - Official agency website.


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