Atwood Lake, Ohio, USA

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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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Atwood Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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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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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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