Leesville Lake

Huntington District
Published Jan. 5, 2024
Leesville Lake

Leesville Lake with blue sky and clouds

Leesville Lake is within the Upper Tuscarawas section of the Muskingum Area. It was authorized by Section 4 of the Flood Control Act (FCA) of 1938, as amended by Section 4 of the FCA of 1939. Primary project purposes are flood damage reduction, recreation, and fish and wildlife. The dam was completed in October 1936 and serves a drainage area of 48 square miles. Land includes 161 fee acres and 4,001 easement acres. There are no Corps operated recreation areas.

Recreation Opportunities

Visitor Center
No visitor center is available at this project

Launch ramps for the boating enthusiasts and fishermen are located at each of the Marinas

Camping at Leesville Lake is available through the MWCD park.  For more information contact Leesville Park Office (330)-343-6780 or  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.

The nearest picnic shelters are located at Atwood Lake, eight miles on State Route 212 West.

Fishing is permitted from boats, the shoreline, and below the dam. Leesville is popular for muskie fishing.

Public hunting is available on MWCD land. Maps for public hunting and fishing areas can be obtained from MWCD (330) 343-6647 or visit their website at

Two privately operated marinas are located on the lake.

There is no designated swimming area at Leesville Lake. The nearest swimming area and beach are located at the MWCD park at Atwood Lake. MWCD has designated three swimming areas, (one is within the park & two are by boat access). For more information, contact Atwood Lake Park Office (330) 343-6780.

Hiking trails are located across from the MWCD campgrounds.

Handicapped Access
There are no universal access facilities available at this Corps of Engineers facility.

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.

Leesville Lake 
5037 Deer Road S.W. 
Bowerston, OH 44695