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Dillon Lake

Huntington District
Published Jan. 5, 2024
Dillon Lake

Dillon Lake

Reservations, Fees & Passes

Camping reservations can be made at reserveohio.com or calling 866-OHIOPARKS

Campground Fee:
$25 per night - Sites 1-104
$21 per night - Sites 105-195

Day Use Fee:
$50 per night

Dillon Dam was completed in July 1961 and serves a drainage area of 748 square miles. Primary project purposes are flood risk reduction, low flow augmentation and recreation. Come take advantage of all our recreation opportunities. 

Recreation Opportunities

Visitor Center
For a greener environment solar panels have been installed on our Visitor Center and shop. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Visitor Center is located at the Dam site area. The center features information of historical, fish and wildlife and flood management. Open Monday -Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m and intermittently during summer weekends; Memorial Day thru Labor Day.

Launch ramps for the boating enthusiasts and fishermen are located throughout the area, including the state park marina, and Big Run boatramp.

There is a  large family campground, equestrian campsites, and group camp area. There is an abundance of shade and the lake, beach, and trails are just a short drive away.

Picnic facilities are located at the areas above and below the dam including our new shelter next to the playground.

A popular spot for fishermen is at the outflow below the dam, the pond area and lakeside at the intake, giving anglers an area all to themselves year round, unless closed due to severe inclement weather. Call (740) 454-6137 for updated lake and project information. The below dam area has been modified with paved roads and parking lots, a universally accessible fishing pier and restrooms. The area below the dam is well lit at night for the avid fishing persons.

The wildlife indigenous to this area have benefited from the improved habitat in and around the lake. Deer, turkey, doves, waterfowl, squirrel and rabbit are the most popular game species around the lake area. Hunters must abide by Ohio State Hunting Regulations.

Dillon State Park operates and maintains the boat ramps and 70 docks, which are available for rent on a seasonal basis. A marina in the park offers fuel and supplies seasonally.

The swimming area and beach are located within the Dillon State Park. A children's wading pool is available. The beach is seasonal and is open from mid May to September. No lifeguards are on duty.

Bicycles are permitted on main roads and ODNR state campground areas and mountain bike trails. Contact a Park Officer for the location of areas conducive to off-road bicycling.

A fitness trail is located at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Office and Visitor Center. The trail loop extends approximately 1/4 of a mile with stations for exercising.

Handicapped Access
Universally Accessible facilities are provided at the Project Office, including our playground, picnic area, fishing pier and most restrooms.

Rules & Regulations

General Policies
A full list of Federal regulations that apply to all US Army Corps of Engineers properties can be found in Title 36 of the United States Code (USC). Title 36, The Rules and Regulations that Govern Corps of Engineers Water Resource Projects

Possession of firearms in a federal facility, including locks, dams, power plants, ranger stations, buildings, switchyards, recreation facilities, warehouses, and offices is strictly prohibited. This prohibition includes the storage or transporting of a personally owned firearm in controlled access parking areas or Government vehicles, heavy equipment, boats and vessels under the operational control of the District regardless of its location. Exceptions for Federal employees are only allowed for Federal law enforcement officers or where possession of a firearm is specifically authorized by law.

Fireworks, along with explosives, firearms and other weapons are prohibited on Government Property. Detailed information can be found in Title 36, The Rules and Regulations that Govern Corps of Engineers Water Resource Projects, Section 327.13.

Dillon Lake 
4969 Dillon Dam Road 
Zanesville, OH 43701



  • January

    2024 Campsite Reservation Information

    Campers may now make their reservations 180 days in advance and picnic shelter reservations 360 days
  • April

    2024 Huntington District Campground Schedule

    Campers may now make their reservations 180 days in advance and picnic shelter reservations 360 days in advance. Recreation.gov is taking reservations at this toll free telephone number, 1-877-444-6777. Campers can also make reservations on the Web at http://www.recreation.gov/.
  • January

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