Description - Since its completion in 1943, the Berlin Lake project has prevented flood damages estimated to be in excess of $274 million. The project has the capability to store the equivalent run-off of 6.9 inches of precipitation from its 249 square mile drainage area. The project also provides communities downstream with a clean and dependable water supply.
- In addition to its colorful scenery, the Berlin project offers visitors a wide variety of recreational experiences. Whether its camping, boating, picnicking or just relaxing in peaceful surroundings, visitors will find it at Berlin Lake.
The Mill Creek Recreation Area with its diversity of campsites, from wooded waterfront sites to grassy spots in the sun, is an ideal family campground. Facilities provided include flush toilets, hot showers, a large launching ramp, and a sanitary disposal station. A limited number of campsites are also equipped with electric hookups. For those who desire a more rustic camping experience, a primitive campground is provided at the German Church Area.
Numerous launching ramps are located on the lake for the convenience of boating enthusiasts. Boats of many descriptions can be found on Berlin Lake during the summer, ranging from small fishing boats and sailboats to cruisers and runabouts of unlimited horsepower. The usually smooth weather surface also provides excellent skiing conditions. The average depth of the lake is between 10 and 15 feet, but some stumps and snags pose hazards for which boaters should be alert. Marina services, boating and fishing supplies are also available through concessionaires located at the lake.
Berlin Lake is renowned for its excellent walleye fishing and is one of very few lakes in the area in which natural reproduction of the walleye population occurs. Sportsmen will also enjoy fishing for the largemouth and smallmouth bass, muskie, crappie and bluegill which abound in the lake.
Hunting is permitted at Berlin lake with the exception of developed recreation areas and posted areas. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources manages over 6,000 acres of project lands for public hunting and wildlife management purposes. Small game species are particularly found in abundance and easy access to hunting areas is available.
Recreation - Berlin Lake has eight developed areas around the lake offering boat rentals, campgrounds, group camping, launching ramps, picnic areas, shelters, lake beaches and trails. Fishing, boating, hunting, and other water-related activities have been enjoyed now for several generations.
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.
Berlin Dam is located on the Mahoning River in Mahoning and Portage Counties, Ohio, about 35 miles upstream from Warren, Ohio. The lake is located in Mahoning, Portage and Stark Counties, Ohio.