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Dover Lake Dam
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
Dover Lake Dam
Description - Dover Dam is located in the Tuscarawas River, approximately three and one-half miles northeast of Dover, Ohio. It is a concrete gravity structure with a maximum height of 83 feet above streambed. The top overall length is 824 feet at elevation 931, m.s.l. An uncontrolled ogee spillway is situated in the center channel section.

The dam protects thousands of acres of cropland from flooding. Recreation is limited.

Attractions - Limited recreation at Dover Dam includes biking on state roads, fishing and picnicking in the public use area, and hiking around the dam. Anglers typically catch largemouth bass and some northern pike. In addition, hikers should be aware that they are very close to the historic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath.

Near the southern boundary of Camp Tuscazoar rests the dam. In 1920, this Boy Scout camp was developed comprising 500 acres of forest land and deep ravines. Today, the dam in coordination with the Camp Tuscazoar Foundation, hosts Great Dover Dam Day. It is an annual event held the first weekend in May consisting of numerous dam tours. The tours are open to both the Boy Scouts and the general public. Tours may be arranged at other times; see contact information below.

Recreation - Activities at Dover Dam are limited to fishing, picnicking, biking, hiking and touring.

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.

Location - Dover Dam is located in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in the Tuscarawas River, approximately three and one-half miles northeast of Dover, Ohio.

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Contact Information:
Dover Dam, 5153 ST RT 800 NE , DOVER, OH, 44622-6910, Phone: 330-343-5725

Additional Information:
Northeast Ohio - Experience the beautiful Northeast Travel Region! Rich cultural heritage, lush green meadows and moist fern-covered gorges offer the visitor endless natural enjoyment.
Ohio Lakes and Reservoirs - Ohio has more than 2,500 lakes and 44,000 miles of rivers and streams. Lake Erie, the southernmost Great Lake, is a major recreation attraction.

Camp Tuscazoar Foundation - Owns and Manages 500 acre camp originally established by the Boy Scouts.
Dover Dam - Official agency website.


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