Atwood Lake, Ohio, USA

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All About Atwood Lake

Lake Locations: USA - US Midwest Region - Ohio - Northeast Ohio -

Atwood Lake is nestled in the rolling farm landscapes of Ohio’s Northeast tourism region. The lake straddles the border of Carroll and Tuscarawas Counties, though the great majority of the water body lies on the Carroll side of the border. Atwood Lake is managed by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD), which is committed to the conservation of the Muskingum River Basin.

Atwood Lake was constructed for flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife enhancement by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The Atwood Lake Dam, standing 65 feet high and 3,700 feet long, was officially completed in 1936. Atwood Lake is a prime recreational lake. Take a pontoon boat under a fiery orange sunset, join the graceful floats of sailboats, kayak, swim, fish, or relax on the Atwood Queen Boat Cruise and take in the display of fall colors. Atwood Lake’s waters are fertile with fish. Northern pike, channel catfish, bullheads, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, and saugeye (hybrid produced by interbreeding male sauger and female walleye) are all common species.

The lake spans 1,540 acres with 28 miles of shoreline. There are several public boat launches and two marinas on the lake providing a host of boating services. On the lake’s west side is Atwood Lake Park and Campgrounds which feature hundreds of camp sites with primitive and RV hookup options, swimming beach with vending area, hiking trails, vacation cabins, picnic shelters, an Activity and Nature Center and more. The park is a central gathering area for special events. Have some laughs at one of the Karaoke events, or catch one of the fireworks events. The Atwood Fall Festival is held in the park the first weekend of every October. The Festival features children’s games and crafts, pumpkin decorating, historical displays and novelty demonstrations. Rock, country, bluegrass, and gospel bands among others offer sweet, soul-stirring entertainment. The Algonquin Mill Festival, the second week of October, and Great Trails Festival in September are two other popular festivals in the area that boast loyal gatherings.

After some long rejuvenating hours or days on Atwood Lake, retire yourself the way you know best, whether at your campground or vacation rental home. Then venture out into the surrounding countryside. The Carroll County region is filled with color and life. The County offers a diverse range of warming experiences wrought with quaintness, fun, and small-town character. It is a short distance from Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh and Wheeling, providing quick access to urban life. There are a lot of places to visit near Atwood Lake, and a lot of nuance, from golf courses to alpaca farms. If you are a history buff, check out the Ashton House Museum. Exhibits take visitors back to the 20th century era of America of burgeoning beginnings and historic moments, viewed through the eyes of the influential Ashtons. Look at priceless Ashton artifacts that offer a glimpse into the America of the times, listen to old-time radio and watch vintage TV shows. Wineries, the toy and doll museum of Bluebird Farm, hot air balloon rides, antiques, and the Magnolia Dragstrip are some other attractions near Atwood Lake.

Agriculture is the most important industry in this farming county. Conifer tree production, dairy farms, beef cattle, vegetable farms and even buffalo herds are some agricultural enterprises. Make sure you get to one of Carrollton’s Saturday Farmer’s Market where every experience is a delightful surprise as products vary weekly. The farmer’s market only sells products grown or made in Carroll County. Sample jams, pies, fresh fruit, and cheeses. Take home some fresh herbs, shrubs or a crafted item that will remind you of your Carroll County excursions. If you decide to stay, real estate options in the area are viable. Whether surrounded by charming woods or with a view of the lake, choose a rustic cottage or elaborate house design to meet your fancy. Whatever your decisions, you are sure to be touched by the tranquil scenes and refreshing activities at Atwood Lake.

Things to Do at Atwood Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Museum
  • Antiquing

Fish Species Found at Atwood Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Sauger
  • Saugeye Perch
  • Sunfish
  • Walleye
  • Yellow Perch

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  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

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Atwood Lake Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Surface Area: 1,540 acres

Shoreline Length: 28 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 928 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 0 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 941 feet

Maximum Depth: 30 feet

Water Volume: 23,600 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1936

Drainage Area: 70 sq. miles

Trophic State: Eutrophic

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