Spring into April’s Family Fun at MWCD!

Spring into April with Family Fun at MWCD including Fishing & Earth Day Cleanup Challenge April 16th-24th.

Enjoying the Outdoors is brought to you in partnership with Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Spring is officially underway and Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) has helped fill your Family Calendar with Fishing Fun and Earth Day Cleanup Challenge #MWCDEarthDay2022 at various MWCD parks throughout April.  There’s a chance to earn one FREE night camping if you complete the Challenge on April 16th – 24th!
Family Fun Fishing Nights

There are 10 major lakes to explore and fish at!  Atwood Lake is a family favorite with 1,563 acres of water surrounded by 28 miles of shoreline.  It will be a hot spot for all things worms, poles, conversation, family time, nature, and fish.

Every year the lakes are stocked by the Ohio Division of Wildlife.  A fishing report by the ODNR Division of Wildlife, InnovateOhio, and the Ohio Department of Administrative Services’ Office of Information Technology to provide public access to fish stocking records. The record can be found here: Data Catalog.

The joy of fishing is the anticipation of and the actual reeling in when catching a fish and then trying to identify the species!  There are 14 main types of fish living throughout the lakes. 

Some of the best memories with children are at the lake.  Parents only get 18 Springs and Summers with their children before they become adults.  Spending evenings at an MWCD Lake fishing together ensures quality family time.  There are fishing poles available for ages 3 and up at most stores and kids do not need a fishing license! 

  • From Canton, Ohio to Atwood lake: about 35 minutes.
  • From Canton, Ohio to Pleasant Hill lake: about 1 hour.
  • From Canton, Ohio to Charles Mill lake: about 1 hour.

  • From Ashland to Atwood Lake: about 85 minutes.
  • From Ashland to Pleasant Hill Lake: about 25 minutes.
  • From Ashland to Charles Mill Lake: about 15 minutes.

New to Fishing?

Ohio Department of Natural Resources has created a beginner’s guide to getting started!  These free resources include videos, photos, and documents regarding:

Lake Levels

  • With all the recent and forecasted precipitation, it is a great time for a reminder about where to find current lake levels and impacts! Click on the link below to see a list of all Muskingum Area lakes and then choose your lake to see details.
  • View the lake’s current elevation, 24-hour change, & outflows online anytime at: www.mwcd.org/levels
  • Did you know that the MWCD lakes are used for flood control and the lake levels are determined and controlled by the US Army Corps of Engineers? They have a system of regulating the waterflow based on water levels at each location while monitoring what is happening downstream. Winter drawdown is designed to provide reservoir capacity for snow/ice thaws and spring rains. The community is thankful for that extra capacity a few weeks ago!

Earth Day Cleanup Challenge

The family can join in an organized cleanup at one of MWCD lakes to earn a coupon for one night of FREE camping! #MWCDEarthDay2022 There is a limit of one coupon per household.  Family Fun at Atwood Lake

How to earn a coupon for 1 night of FREE Camping?
  • Fill your trash bag up and bring it to the listed location during the indicated hours to pick up your coupon.

April 16th:
Charles Mill Lake Park – Maintenance Building between 10 am and 2 pm

Clendening Lake Marina – Marina Office between 10 am and 2 pm

Pleasant Hill Lake Park – Welcome Center between 12:30 pm and 3 pm

Tappan Lake Park – Activity Center between 4 pm and 6 pm

April 23rd:
Atwood Lake Park – Activity Center between 10 am and 2 pm

Piedmont Lake Marina – Marina between 10 am and 2 pm

Seneca Lake Park – Welcome Center between 10 am and 2 pm

Family Fun at Atwood LakeCan’t make it on April 16th or 23rd?

  • No problem!
  • Visit the lake anytime between Saturday, April 16 through Sunday, April 24 to fill a bag with litter.
  • Post photos of your cleanup to the MWCD Facebook or Instagram pages using #MWCDEarthDay2022 
  • You’ll be entered into a drawing for a cooler filled with MWCD prizes, including a gift certificate.
  • The #MWCDEarthDay2022 Cleanup Challenge is a super opportunity for groups to help with community projects and services. For groups wishing to participate, please contact Ethan Zucal at 330-556-4814 or ezucal@mwcd.org
Looking Ahead
  • Toddlers will love this Easter Egg Coding activity.The Easter Bunny will be visiting Atwood, Charles Mill, Pleasant Hill, Seneca, & Tappan Lake Parks!
  • Ohio Boater Education Course. There are many ways to complete the course – online, home study, or in-person classes. MWCD Rangers will be offering in-person courses at  Pleasant Hill: on April 30. Register HERE
  • May will bring flowers and the start of regular weekend programs at Atwood, Charles Mill, Pleasant Hill, Seneca, and Tappan Lake Parks. These programs will include a variety of crafts, sporting events, socials, nature education, and live music.
  • Memorial Day Weekend is May 27-30 with a full schedule of events! For full event details, visit www.MWCD.org

Receive program alerts straight to your phone, by texting the appropriate keyword below to 888777 CMEVENTS




ATWOODEVENTSResponsible stewards dedicated to providing the benefits of flood reduction, conservation and recreation in the Muskingum River Watershed. The MWCD is the largest conservancy district in the state and led the effort to construct 14 dams and reservoirs. The MWCD has jurisdiction for its operations in all or portions of an 18-county area. The 18 counties wholly or partially contained in the MWCD jurisdiction are Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Harrison, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne, and Washington.


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