Charles Mill Lake

Huntington District
Published Jan. 5, 2024
Charles Mill Lake

Charles Mill Lake

Reservations, Fees & Passes

Reservations can be made at Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Campground Fee:
$40 per night - Primitive
$43 per night - Electric
$52 per night - Waterfront, electric
$60 per night - Premium full hook-up
$77 per night - Premium waterfront/view full hook-up

Other Reservation Fee:
$8 per site

Charles Mill Dam is located on the Black Fork of the Mohican River, 10 miles east of Mansfield and 10 miles southwest of Ashland, Ohio. The lake is located in Ashland and Richland counties with the dam being located in Ashland County. Charles Mill Dam was constructed in 1935-36 and is primarily for flood control but also for recreation and fish and wildlife management.            

The Day Use Area below the dam is a peaceful, scenic place to picnic with grills, tables, (one is accessible), rest rooms and, in 2006, a new playground was installed.  The restrooms are open on a seasonal basis (May-September). There are open grassy areas for playing and the river nearby.  Fishing is a popular activity in this area. 

Recreation Opportunities

Visitor Center
There is no visitor center available at this project. The project office can offer assistance. 

There is no boating access to the lake or river at the dam. However MWCD offers a public launch ramp for the boating enthusiasts and fishermen at the Charles Mill Lake Marina. To get to that area from the dam proceed on Rt 603 to the village of Mifflin, turn left onto Rt 430, the distance is about 3 miles. The marina is open year round, there is a 10 hp limit on the lake.  For more information call the marina (419) 368-5951. Canoeing is a popular activity, there are many suppliers in the area, call The Loudonville-Mohican Area Tourist Association at 800-722-7588 or in Loudonville call 800-766-2267.

The closest camping area to Charles Mill Dam is at Charles Mill Lake Park.  The campground is run by MWCD call them  at (419) 368-6885 or visit their website  The new Federal Recreation Pass or any others are not honored at MWCD facilities, but anyone over the age of 60 or those who have a Golden Buckeye Card receive a 10% discount. 

There is an exceptionally attractive Picnic Area at Charles Mill Dam. Located in the Day Use Area below the dam it is well shaded and offers picnic tables, grills and rest rooms, an accessible picnic table, and in 2006 an inviting new playground was installed. The bathrooms are also accessible. There are large open grassy areas for play as well as a stream and the river. Pets are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash and are cleaned up after. A pet ferret was a recent visitor with his family. This is an ideal place for the whole family to relax.  For more information call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project office for Charles Mill Dam at (419) 368-4334. 

Universally Accessible picnic table and grill, as well as the rest rooms, are provided at the Charles Mill Lake Day Use Area on a seasonal basis May through mid October.

Fishing is a very popular activity at Charles Mill Dam Day Use Area; both below and above the dam.  Below the dam the river is easy to get to, the setting is scenic and peaceful, and the restrooms and picnic facilities are convenient.  Above the dam the fishing access is just a bit farther away from other recreation areas.

Public hunting is available on Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) land. 

There is one marina located on the lake, which is operated by a private enterprise. For all boating inquiries contact Charles Mill Lake Marina (419) 368-5951.

No swimming areas are available at this project. MWCD has one designated swimming area within it's park. For more information contact Charles Mill Lake Park Office (419) 368-6885.

Bicycles are permitted on all roadways in the Day Use Area at Charles Mill Dam and on all state road ways.  Bicycles are also permitted in Charles Mill Lake Park, run by Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, it is located on Rt 430 about 3 miles from the dam. Take Rt 603 to the village of Mifflin, turn left onto Rt 430. Call MWCD at (419) 368-5951 or visit their web site at

Limited hiking is available around Charles Mill Dam. For more information contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charles Mill Lake Project Office (419) 368-4334 or MWCD's Charles Mill Lake Park Office (419) 368-6885.

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.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
Charles Mill Lake 
2203 State Route 603 
Lucas, OH 44843