Description - Bolivar Dam has an impervious core with a cut-off trench and is flanked by pervious zones. The embankment has a maximum height of 87 feet, a crest length of 6,300 feet, and a crest width of 25 feet. Constructed primarily for flood control, the maximum flood control pool level of elevation 962.00 feet would encompass 6,500 surface acres. There are two levees, Magnolia Levee and East Sparta Levee, within the Bolivar Dam reservoir. Bolivar Dam is a Dry Dam which by definition does not have a permanent pool or lake behind the dam. Only during times of excessive rain and prevention of downstream flooding does the dam retain water creating a temporary pool.
Copyright: US Army Corps of Engineers
- Located in northeast Ohio, Bolivar Dam has limited recreation but offers a quiet area for several low-impact recreations. Bicycles are permitted on main roads in the park area. There are no boat launch ramps at Bolivar Dam; however, there is a canoe livery downstream. For information call NTR Canoe Livery; contact information below. Fishing is permitted at Bolivar Dam, with the best fishing done in the spillway area. There is a fishermen's parking lot at the downstream area. There are no designated hiking trails at Bolivar Dam, but hiking is permitted on the horse trail and surrounding woods. Call the project office for details about the specific horse trail. Public hunting and trapping is allowed on some areas of Bolivar Dam, except recreational areas. Project office has details about designated hunt areas. Picnic sites are located in the day use area at the dam. Bolivar Dam does not have a swimming beach or campground.
Handicapped facilities are seasonal; open April through October of each year.
Recreation - Recreational opportunities at Bolivar Dam include bicycling, fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, and swimming.
Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.
Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.
Bolivar Dam is on Sandy Creek of the Tuscarawas River, 183.4 miles above the mouth of the Muskingum River, located in Stark and Tuscarawas Counties of Ohio.
From Interstate 77, take Exit 93 which is the Bolivar / Zoar State Route 212 Exit. Travel SR 212 about a half-mile turning left on Tuscarawas County Road 103. Go approximately 100 yards, take a left onto Glenpark Road; approximately a mile down the road is Bolivar Dam.