Clendening Lake

Huntington District
Published Jan. 5, 2024
Clendening Lake

Clendening Lake

Reservations, Fees & Passes

Reservations can be made at 
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District

Campground Fee:
$40 per night - Primitive
$43 per night - Electric
$60 per night - Premium full hook-up

Other Reservation Fee:
$8 per site

Clendening Lake is located in Harrison County, Ohio on the Brushy Fork of the Stillwater Creek, 1/2 mile east of Tippecanoe, Ohio, and 9 miles southeast of Uhrichsville, Ohio.  Clendening Lake was constructed in 1937.  It was built for flood damage reduction, recreation, and fish and wildlife management.  

Recreation Opportunities

Visitor Center
There is no visitor center at Clendening Dam. The project office can offer assistance. 

There is a 10 horse power limit for all boats on Clendening Lake.  A Public Launch ramp is available near the Clendening Lake Dam year round.  The Clendening Marina operates April through October.  For more information, contact the marina at (740) 658-3691.

Be safe on the water.  Know how to swim and wear a life jacket.  You must have a life jacket for each person on a watercraft.  Take a safe boating course and learn boating laws.

Camping at Clendening Lake is available April through October.  Contact the following: Clendening Marina (April through October) at (740) 658-3691 or MWCD at (330) 343-6647.  Visit the MWCD (Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District) website at  Federal Recreation passes such as Golden Age, Golden Access, or America the Beautiful - National Park and Federal Recreation Lands Access Passes 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.

Picnic sites are available at the Clendening Lake Day Use Area adjacent to the dam.  Additional Picnic Sites and Picnic Shelters are located at Clendening Marina.  For more information, contact Clendening Marina at (740) 658-3691.

Fishing is permitted at the Clendening Lake Day Use Area and below the dam.

Hunting on Conservancy District lands is regulated by MWCD and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.  To obtain a map for Public Hunting and Fishing Areas, contact MWCD at (330) 343-6647 or visit their website at  In the interest of safety, hunting on Conservancy District land is prohibited in or near restricted use areas as well as within 400 feet of residential areas, buildings, public roads and highways.

Clendening Marina offers docking, boat rental, boating and fishing supplies. and snacks.  For all boating inquiries, contact Clendening Marina at (740) 658-3691.

There are no designated swimming areas available at Clendening Lake.  There is a boater swim area which is marked with buoys.

Hiking trails are managed by Muskingum Watershed Conservancy district.  Information can be obtained from MWCD at (330) 343-6647 or visit their website at

Handicapped Access
Universally Accessible Facilities are provided at the Clendening Lake Day Use Area on a seasonal basis (April through October).

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.

Clendening Lake 
28700 Milarcik Road
Tippecanoe, OH 44699