Berlin Lake


Published Jan. 10, 2024

public meeting
Corps hosts public meeting, comment period for Mahoning River Basin water control manuals
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is hosting a public meeting and public comment period to collect feedback on proposed updates to the water control manuals for Berlin Lake, Michael J. Kirwan Dam and Reservoir, and Mosquito Creek Lake within the Mahoning River Basin.
Photo By: Andrew Byrne
VIRIN: 220427-A-XW512-1001

Authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938, Berlin Lake is one of 16 flood damage reduction projects in the Army Corps’ Pittsburgh District. The project provides flood protection for the Mahoning River Valley as well as for the Beaver and Upper Ohio Rivers.

Since its completion in 1943, the Berlin Lake project has prevented flood damages estimated to be in excess of $2.6 billion. The project has the capability to store the equivalent run-off of 6.9 inches of precipitation from its 249 square mile watershed.

The project also provides downstream communities with a clean and dependable water supply and has helped to alleviate pollution problems throughout the Mahoning River Valley.

Additionally, Deer Creek Dam, which was built by the city of Alliance, Ohio, under agreement with the Department of the Army, provides a reservoir for domestic water supply to nearby communities.

7400 Bendell Road
Berlin Center, OH 44401-9707
(330) 547-3781
(330) 654-0865
(330) 547-8180

Recreation Opportunities

Take time out to enjoy the ever-changing pattern of life and scenery that await you at Berlin Lake. Located near Akron, Youngstown, and Warren, Ohio the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites you to trade the sights and sounds of the city for those of the Ohio countryside.

In addition to its colorful scenery, Berlin Lake offers visitors a wide variety of recreational experiences, including camping, boating, picnicking, or just relaxing in peaceful surroundings.

ATV Policy

Off-road operation of any motorized vehicle on federal land adjacent to Berlin Lake is prohibited by Federal regulation. Violation may result in a written warning or citation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Information about federal regulations regarding off-road vehicle operation may be obtained by call the Berlin Lake Office at (330) 547-3781.


The Mill Creek Campground is an ideal family campground that has a diversity of campsites.

Campsites are suitable for either trailer or tent camping. All campsites are equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring. Campsites with electricity are available as are Americans with Disabilities Act accessible sites.

Several launching ramps are located on the lake for the convenience of boating enthusiasts. Boats of many descriptions can be found on Berlin Lake during the summer. The usually smooth water surface also provides excellent skiing conditions. The average depth of the lake is between 10 and 15 feet, and boaters should be alert for underwater hazards. Marina services and boating and fishing supplies are also available through concessionaires located at the lake.

Day-use Areas

All are welcomed to use Mill Creek Campground to walk (with/without a dog), jog or bicycle during the campground off season. Please be advised dogs MUST be on a leash to ensure safety of the dog and visitors. Parking is permitted in the Day Use parking lot.


Berlin Lake is known for its excellent walleye fishing and is one of the very few lakes in the area in which natural reproduction of the walleye fish population occurs. Sportsmen will also enjoy fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, muskie, crappie and bluegill.


Hunting is permitted at Berlin Lake except in developed recreation areas and areas posted as “no hunting allowed.” The Ohio Department of Natural Resources manages over 6,800 acres of project lands for public hunting and wildlife management purposes. Small game species are found in abundance. Easy access to hunting areas is available.

Water Sports

Numerous launching ramps are located on the lake for the convenience of boating enthusiasts. Boats of many descriptions can be found on Berlin Lake during the summer, ranging from small fishing boat and sailboats to cruisers and runabouts of unlimited horsepower. There is a 10 M.P.H. speed limit on the lake at night. The usually smooth water surface also provides excellent skiing conditions. The average depth of the lake is 23 feet with a maximum depth of 55 feet, but some stumps and snags pose hazards for which boaters should be alert. Activities including swimming and scuba diving are allowed at your own risk. Remember all proper safety equipment and to stay clear of restricted areas. Jumping from cliffs, bridges, or other overhanging structures is strictly prohibited and will result in citations or other enforcement actions.

The Berlin Lake and the Deer Creek Reservoir & Mahoning Valley trails are available at Berlin Lake. The Berlin Lake Trail is 2.2 miles long and begins at 232 Kirkbride Road, North Brenton, OH 44449. The Deer Creek Reservoir & Mahoning Valley Trail is 4.46 miles long and begins at 14514 Price Street, NE, Alliance, OH 44601.

Firearm / Firework Policy
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers DOES NOT honor State-issued concealed weapon permits, prohibits loaded concealed weapons, the possession of loaded firearms or ammunition on lands and waters administered by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers per Title 36, CFR 327.13{a).