Pleasant Hill Lake

Huntington District
Published Jan. 10, 2024

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's Pleasant Hill Dam is right in the middle of two major recreation areas; Mohican State Park and Mohican Memorial Forest below the dam and MWCD's Pleasant Hill Lake Park, created by the dam, above it. The dam and lake are located on the Clear Fork branch of the Mohican River, 6 miles west of Loudonville and 20 miles southeast of Mansfield, Ohio, in Ashland County.    Pleasant Hill Dam was constructed for flood reduction, recreation and fish and wildlife management, it was complete in 1936.  The dam is made up of rolled earth fill with an impervious, water proof, core of clay. It is 113 feet high, 775 feet long, with a top width of 30 feet, and a base width of 550 feet.    A unique feature of this flood control structure is the 'Morning Glory Spillway', one of only two dams built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with this type spillway.  Refer to the photo section for pictures of this unique feature.  For tours of Pleasant Hill Dam, the Intake Structure, and Flood Control Facilities contact the USACE, Pleasant Hill Dam Office at (419) 938-5785.    The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers provides a lovely Day Use Area adjacent to the dam with public restrooms, picnic tables, grills and a shelter, as well as water fountains and a kiosk with information of interest to visitors to the area.  The rest rooms are open on a seasonal basis (April -October).  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pleasant Hill Dam, is responsible for two short trails that connect to the more extensive trail system managed by the Mohican State Park and Forest.