Description - Tappan Lake was constructed primarily for flood control, recreation, fish and wildlife management. The Tappan Lake Dam is rolled earth fill, 52 feet high, 1,550 feet long, with a top width of 25 feet. The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District operates recreation facilities.
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
- Tappan Lake flaunts 2,350 acres of water surface with 47 miles of shoreline featuring many easily accessible bays. There are two public launching ramps; one near the roadside rest, and the other across the marina on Route 250. Watercraft has a 299 HP limit. The Ohio of Natural Resources annually stocks the lake with saugeye, bluegill, crappie, catfish, and several species of bass. There is one marina located on the lake which is operated by private enterprise and offers boat sales, service, rentals, docking, fishing licenses, supplies, gas sales, boat and ski accessories, and vacation cabin rentals. The marina restaurant overlooks the lake and offers a full menu through the boating season.
Tappan Lake Park features the majority of the developed recreations available at the lake. There are over 500 campsites (class A full hookups and Class A with electric), 10 vacation cabins, also primitive and group campsites. Several fine hiking trails include the Fox Trail (6 miles), Pine Trail (2 mile), Deer Trail (4 miles), Cabin Beach Trail, Nature Trail, and Turkey Ridge Trail. Countless picnic tables and some shelters are available at Tappan Lake Park. The park's beach is a fun place for all. Besides the usual water play, there is a Christmas in July Celebration with Santa arriving on water skis. A concession stand and paddleboat rental is available. There is no visitor center at the dam project yet the park offers an acitivity center with day-to-day information on campground activities and current events. The center is staffed April through October or upon request out of season.
Equestrians may enjoy The Buckeye Trail, which runs across the dam along a short section of the lake then uphill through the woods where it meets roadways and heads towards Clendening Lake in one direction and Leesville Lake in the other direction.
Public hunting is available on Muskinghum Watershed Conservancy District land. Maps are available through their office: 330-343-6647.
The handicapped facilities at Tappan Lake include the launching ramps and campgrounds.
The Tappan - Moravian Trail Scenic Byway provides an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the views along two beautiful lakes surrounded by heavily wooded hills. In addition to the lakes, the byway follows a portion of the historic Moravian Trail. This trail was originally used by Delaware and Wyandote Indians, then by Moravian Missionaries and then became a major stagecoach route. The trail follows the ridge above the south side of Tappan Lake, passes through the historic village of Deersville, past a restored log cabin, through Feed Springs, a natural stopping place for water in the covered wagon days, and past many scenic farms edged by hardwood forests. The village of Deersville was founded in 1815. It grew and prospered during the stagecoach days, boasting several hotels, taverns, a tin shop, tannery, creamery and many other shops. The coming of the railroad, which bypassed Deersville signaled the decline of the booming town. The village at present, with a population of less than 100 is still the focal point for travelers to the area. The General Store, founded in 1901, provides everything a general store should, plus famous homemade ice cream that is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike in all seasons. The Antique Store is a continuation of the small business culture of the village and provides visitors an opportunity to look at or purchase items our grandparents probably threw away as being old fashioned. Live theater productions are presented in the Community Hall several times each year and the Founders Day Festival is held the second Saturday of August each year.
Recreation - Visitors to Tappan Lake enjoy boating, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, lodging, picnicking, dining, water sports, and wildlife viewing.
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.
Tappan Lake is located between Cadiz and Uhrichsville, Ohio on U.S. Route 250.