Description - Clarence J. Brown Dam and Reservoir's major attraction is the 2,120-acre lake. Impounded in 1974 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the lake primary object is providing flood protection. The C. J. Brown Region covers 4,085 acres and offers nearly unlimited opportunities to enjoy wildlife or recreate in the great outdoors.
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
Clarence J. Brown Dam and Reservoir
C. J. Brown exists as a cooperative management effort between the Corps of Engineers, the Ohio Division of Park & Recreation, and Natural Area and Preserves. In addition, one private nonprofit organization, Clark County Historical Society plays an important role at the park.
Also, The Division of Natural Areas and Preserves in a partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages two State Nature Preserves at the park. Prairie Road Fen State Nature Preserve and Crabill Fen State Nature Preserve.
- The 2,120-acre Clarence J. Brown Dam and Reservoir has a boat ramp, marina facility, picnic area, and a boat swimming and camping area. Anglers will find good populations of walleye and white bass. Crappie numbers are good in the lake. Channel catfish can range up to 12 pounds. There are also fair populations of small and largemouth bass, spotted bass, and bluegill. The marina facility has fuel, rental boats, 186 seasonal docks, overnight dockage, a dump station and a small grocery store for weekend needs.
The reservoir offers a variety of trails from the Stone's Throw Trail, an easy 0.25-mile trail to the 1-mile Lakeview Trail to the 3.5-mile Buckhorn Trail. A 6-mile bridle trail system can be found on the east side of the park. Weather permitting, snowmobiling is enjoyed on the east side of the park as well.
In partnership with the Clark County Historical Society, the Crabill Homestead, a National Historic Place, is open throughout the year for special events and tours. Pioneers David Crabill and his wife Barbara Baer Crabill were natives of Loudon County, Virginia. In about 1808 they migrated by Conestoga wagon to Clark County. During the War of 1812, David Crabill served as a Sergeant. The Clark County Historical Society possesses Sgt. Crabill's sword and the Conestoga wagon that the Crabills used to make their long journey from Virginia to Ohio. For details call the Clark County Historical Society.
The Dayton Audubon Society lists the most recent rare bird sightings in southwestern Ohio, including the Reservoir area. Bird watching is a rapidly growing recreation at the site.
A reservable picnic shelter is available at the recreation area near the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center on Overlook Drive. The shelter offers a breathtaking view of the lake and can accommodate up to 100 people. The shelter has picnic tables, grills, a fishing pier, water and electrical service. Adjacent to the shelters are mowed areas, suitable for volleyball, Frisbee, or horseshoes. Nearby recreational opportunities include fishing and hiking. For groups larger than 100 people a Special Events Permit maybe required.
The ODNR, Division of Parks and Recreation operate the campground at C. J. Brown Dam and Reservoir. The 101-site campground is open year-round. In addition, there are 26 cabin units situated in a wooded area, several overlook the lake. Call Buck Creek Park Office for details.
Recreation - Recreations found at C. J. Brown Dam and Reservoir include bird watching, picnicking, fishing, boating, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, viewing a historic home, along with boat swimming and camping area. The family campground is managed by Buck Creek State Park, call 937-322-5284 for details.
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.
Located just northeast of Springfield, travel U.S. Route 40 east several miles to North Bird Road. Turn left traveling to Robert Eastman Road, turn left and proceed to Croft Road. Turn right then right again onto Overlook Drive.