By Adria Bergeron
If you’ve been saving up vacation days from work for the perfect occasion, congratulations, summer is here and it’s time to use them! Whether you like to pack up the car and head out of town, or prefer to stay close to home, the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) can accommodate your schedule. Some families like to camp. The smell of a campfire in the evening and the sounds of birds chirping in the morning, bring a feeling of senses renewed. Others prefer the amenities of home, and enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of a cozy cabin. Thankfully, the MWCD parks offer both options. The only thing you need to figure out is where to go and that depends on what you’re looking to find.
If peace and quiet is what you’re looking for, Clendening, Leesville and Piedmont Lakes are the places to go. Primarily known for their scenic views and abundant fishing, these lakes have a horsepower max of 10 and create a paddler’s paradise. Offering beautiful cabins and lakefront campsites, access to trails and boating, you can stay for a week or just a much-needed weekend getaway. If you’re looking for planned activities and entertainment for the entire family, Atwood, Charles Mill, Pleasant Hill, Seneca and Tappan Lakes all boast activities and events all summer long. Beaches are open for sandcastle building, reading good books and keeping everyone cool on hot summer days.
If watersports are your speed, Pleasant Hill, Seneca and Tappan all have a horsepower of 399 or greater to accommodate skiing, tubing or just cranking up the engine. No boat, no problem! Marinas at all the lakes provide rentals. If speed is not your need, Atwood and Charles Mill still offer activities and entertainment with a lower horsepower limit to keep the water calm and the fish biting. The MWCD has an abundance of trails to wander. Whether you are interested in a leisurely stroll or heading out for miles, trails are available for public access at all of the MWCD facilities. The Buckeye Trail, which winds around the State of Ohio for nearly 1,444 miles, is headquartered near the shores of Tappan Lake in Harrison County. Pleasant Hill Lake Park has nearly 88 miles of equine trails that connect to the nearby Malabar Farm and Mohican State Parks.
The 4th of July is the pinnacle of summer. The skies light up red, white and blue at Atwood, Charles Mill, Seneca and Tappan Lake Parks over the July 4th weekend. Pleasant Hill entertains the skies later in the month for their Christmas in July Celebration on July 15th. Make your reservation now and enjoy summer while it lasts. For a complete list of MWCD events and locations, visit the website at mwcd.org.
Summer at MWCD