Description - The Piedmont Lake Dam is located near the southern border of Harrison County, Ohio, on Stillwater Creek, a tributary of the Tuscarawas River. The Piedmont Lake pool covers 2,312 acres over portions of Harrison, Belmont, and Guernsey Counties. The lake has a maximum depth of 38 feet and 38 miles of shoreline. The dam was constructed in 1937 as part of a system of dams designed to provide flood control in the Muskingum Watershed. The dam is a rolled-earth and rock-filled embankment with an impervious core.
Copyright: US Army Corps of Engineers
- Offering secluded bays and overall good fish coverage, Piedmont Lake is well known for its populations of muskellunge, bass and a variety of other species. Two public launching ramps offer access to the lake which has a 10 HP limit. The state record for muskellunge (55 lb. 2 oz) was taken from Piedmont Lake, and many catfish weighing 50 to 70 lbs.. have also been taken.
Piedmont Marina, a private facility, offers docking, boat rental, boat sales, service, lunch counter, fuel, fishing and boating supplies, and a motel. Over 80 campsites maintained by the marina and will accommodate RVs up to 35 feet. Electric hookups and some full hookups are available.
Camping at Piedmont Lake is available through Muskinghum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).
There are no hiking trails, designated horseback trails, or mountain bike paths. Bikes are permitted on the state highways and the MWCD park.
There are no designated picnic areas at the Corps of Engineers facilities. There is a picnic area located at a roadside rest on State Route 22, a quarter mile west of Piedmont Dam, maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The Egypt Valley Wildlife Area, with approximately 16,000 acres, provides excellent hunting. Hunting is regulated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, which issues a publication about Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations. In the interest of safety, hunting on MWCD land is prohibited in or near restricted use areas as well as near residential areas, buildings, public roads and highways around the lake. Maps for hunting and fishing can be obtained from the MWCD or the Ohio Division of Wildlife Officer.
No swimming areas are available at this project. MWCD has designated one boat-accessible swimming area for the lake.
There are no handicapped accessible facilities at Piedmont Lake, USACE.
Recreation - Recreations at Piedmont Lake include boating, camping, fishing, hunting, picnicking, water sports, wildlife viewing, and touring the dam facility.
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.
From Cambridge, travel 24 miles northeast on U.S. Route 22.