Charles Mill Lake

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Charles Mill Lake


(419) 368-4334

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Located near Mansfield, Charles Mill is a quiet place to relax and enjoy nature. The park entrance is located near the junction of State Routes 430 and 603. Charles Mill Dam was constructed in 1935-36 and is primarily for flood control but also for recreation, fish and wildlife management. Extensive recreation facilities are operated by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. The Day Use Area below the dam is a peaceful, scenic place to picnic with grills, a small playground and restrooms. The restrooms are open on a seasonal basis (May-September). Fishing is a popular activity in this area. The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District administers the recreation facilities on the lake behind the dam through their facilities at Charles Mill Lake Park. They host an annual classic car show in early September; for more information contact Charles Mill Lake Park Office at 419-368-6885 or visit their web site at Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District .

Map of Charles Mill Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 40.771182, -82.374630



  • Boating

    There is no boating access to the lake or river at the dam. However Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District offers a public launch ramp for the boating enthusiasts and fishermen at the Charles Mill Lake Marina. To get to that area from the dam proceed on Rt 603 to the village of Mifflin, turn left onto Rt 430, the distance is about 3 miles. The marina is open year round, there is a 10 HP limit on the lake. For more information call the marina at (419) 368-5951. Canoing is a popular activity, there are many suppliers in the area, call The Loudonville-Mohican Area Tourist Association at 800-722-7588 or in Loudonville call 800-766-2267.

  • Camping

    Charles Mill Lake has over 500 campsites (class A with and without electric) in two campground locations.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is a very popular activity at Charles Mill Dam Day Use Area; both below and above the dam. Below the dam the river is easy to get to, the setting is scenic and peaceful, and the restrooms and picnic facilities are convenient. Above the dam the fishing access is just a bit farther away from other recreation areas.

  • Hiking

    Charles Mill Lake Park and Campgrounds has several hiking trails.

  • Hunting

    The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MRWD) owns 54,000 acres of land and water, including Charles Mill Lake, in the Muskingum River Watershed, most of which is open to public access. Given the rural setting of the MWCD reservoirs behind the dams - which offer flood reduction and water conservation benefits - outdoor recreation thrives. One of the more popular activities at the MWCD reservoirs is hunting. Through a memorandum of understanding with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR), ODNR is responsible for all fish and wildlife management on Conservancy District lands and lakes. All hunting and fishing rules, regulations and license requirements of the State of Ohio apply.

  • Picnicking

    There is an exceptionally attractive Picnic Area at Charles Mill Dam. Located in the Day Use Area below the dam, it is well shaded and offers picnic tables, grills and rest rooms, an accessable picnic table, and in 2006 a new playground was installed. The bathrooms are also accessable. There are large open grassy areas for play as well as a stream and the river. You may bring your pets but they must be on a leash.

  • RVing

    Charles Mill Lake has over 500 campsites (class A with and without electric) in two campground locations.

  • Water Sports

    Charles Mill Lake Park and Campgrounds has a designated swimming beach.


Universally accessible picnic table and grill, as well as the rest rooms, are provided at the Charles Mill Lake Day Use Area on a seasonal basis May through mid October.



Charles Mill Lake is located on the Black Fork of the Mohican River. The Dam is located approximately 3 miles east of I-71. At I-71 take US 30 east almost 1 mile to State Route 603. Then take State Route 603 south about 2 miles to dam.

Phone Numbers


(419) 368-4334