Apple Valley Lake, Ohio, USA

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Apple Valley Lake visitor and community guide

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Tucked away in the gently rolling hills of Knox County in Central Ohio, Apple Valley Lake offers residents almost limitless recreation opportunities. With the clear, clean waters of its well-stocked aquatic depths and the community’s many amenities, Apple Valley Lake is the perfect home or home away from home.

Created by the American Central Corporation based in Michigan, Apple Valley Lake is three and a quarter miles long and covers about 511 acres. It is a dammed lake created solely for recreation and as an enhancement to the surrounding planned community. Construction of the dam and community was started in 1970, and the lake reached full pool in 1972. Apple Valley Lake is fed by springs and the Little Jelloway Creek, and because it is only used for recreation, water levels fluctuate very little. A maximum depth of 70 feet and the influx of spring water have earned Apple Valley Lake a reputation as a very clean lake.

Shortly after it was created, the lake was stocked with walleye, brown trout, and rainbow trout. The fishing club and property owners association continue to stock Apple Valley Lake today, and there are healthy populations of largemouth bass and small mouth bass, striped bass, perch and shell crackers. Anglers will also find abundant populations of crappie, bluegill and catfish. Several sand beaches offer places to swim and some shoreline fishing.

Access to Apple Valley Lake is via boat launch ramps, and there is a marina on the north side of the lake. The private marina sells gas and has a small store with bait and tackle. It also handles boat rentals for property owners. Both power and non-power boats are welcome, and there is plenty of room for jet skis and wave runners. A three-mile long ski zone for water skiing offers long runs for even the most avid skiers.

Recreation at Apple Valley Lake, however, is not limited to the water. Property owners enjoy both indoor and outdoor pools and relax at the clubhouse. There is also a fitness center with exercise equipment and saunas. A campground with both tent and RV sites is available for owners and their guests. An 18-hole golf course is open to the public from mid-March through the end of October. With the exception of the golf course, the use of all the amenities is restricted to property owners and their guests.

Homes around Apple Valley Lake range from small cabins to custom golf homes. Available are both waterfront homes and homes nestled in the hills overlooking the lake. There is still real estate for sale around Apple Valley Lake, including both homes and lots. The Apple Valley POA is very active with several committees to manage the facilities and resources of the community.

Apple Valley Lake is located one hour northeast of Columbus, and just 35 miles from Roscoe Village. The village is a living history museum in Coshocton, depicting life in a canal town during the 1800’s. Visitors can tour the town, which was a port on the Ohio and Erie Canal, and even take a canal boat ride. The Mohican State Park is also near Apple Valley Lake. The 1,110-acre park is surrounded by almost five thousand acres of state forest, and offers hunting, fishing and horseback riding along with campgrounds and cottages. There is also a resort and conference center. Cyclists staying at Apple Valley Lake will enjoy the easy drive to the Kokosing Gap Trail, where the 13.3-mile long paved bike trail follows the course of the Kokosing River.

The beautiful water and many amenities of Apple Valley Lake make it the perfect place to live, retire, or raise a family. Add in the area’s rich history and the attractions of Columbus, and there is something for everyone at Apple Valley Lake.

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Things to do at Apple Valley Lake

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • State Park
  • State Forest
  • Museum

Fish species found at Apple Valley Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Brown Trout
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Walleye

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Apple Valley Lake statistics & helpful links


Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Apple Valley Lake POA

Surface Area: 511 acres

Shoreline Length: 10 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,046 feet

Average Depth: 30 feet

Maximum Depth: 70 feet

Completion Year: 1972

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