Charles Mill Lake Park
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Tips for birding Charles Mill Lake Park
At the main campground entrance, keep left to access the boat ramp area of the park. Keep right to enter the campground area. The campground is limited to campers during the summer camping season. In the off-season, birders may enter the campground to view birds in the campground and on the lake.
About Charles Mill Lake Park
Charles Mill lake Park is situated on 2000 acres in Richland and Ashland Counties. Charles Mill Dam was constructed in 1935 on the Black Fork Creek for the purpose of flood control. The lake has a surface area of 1350 acres, a maximum depth of 24 feet and 34 miles of shoreline. The lake has a horsepower limit of 10 and provides opportunities for sailing, boating, and fishing. The waters of Charles Mill Lake are home to channel catfish, flathead, catfish bullheads, white bass, largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass (wipers), crappie, bluegill, and saugeye. The public launch ramp is free and located off OH-430. Hunting is permitted between Labor Day and Memorial Day in designated areas. State licenses are required for boating, hunting, and fishing.
The park features two campgrounds (Main Camp and Eagle Point) with a combined total of 457 campsites and three patio cabins.
Reservations are now accepted online. Walk in’s are welcome but campers must check with park office before setting up. Activities are scheduled Fridays and Saturdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Ice cream, pop, snacks, ice, firewood and miscellaneous items may be purchased at both Main Camp and Eagle Point registration offices. The gate sells ice and firewood.
Admission to the park from Memorial Day to Labor Day is $5.00 per car and Special events are $8.00 per car.
Charles Mill Dam was constructed in 1935 and 1936 and is primarily for flood control but also for recreation and fish and wildlife management. Charles Mill Dam is a rolled earth fill dam with an impervious, water resistant, clay core.
There are restrooms at the day use area below the dam (closed in the winter). Campgrounds have restrooms for campers.