Description - Pleasant Hill Lake was constructed primarily for flood control, recreation, fish and wildlife management. The Pleasant Hill Dam is a rolled earth fill with impervious core, 113 feet high, 775 feet long, with a top width of 30 feet, and a base width of 550 feet. A unique feature of this flood control structure is the "Morning Glory Spillway," one of only two dams built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with this type spillway.
Copyright: US Army Corps of Engineers
Pleasant Hill Lake
- Recreations at Pleasant Hill Dam are centered on the large scenic lake. A public launch ramp for boating enthusiasts and anglers is available near the marina, which is operated by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) on a seasonal basis (April through September). Unlimited horsepower is permitted.
For those who enjoy canoeing, a 20-minute drive from Pleasant Hill Dam carries you to the Mohican River. The Mohican River is considered by some to be one of the finest canoeing rivers in Ohio. Contact Loudonville-Mohican Area Tourist Association for more information.
Camping at Pleasant Hill Lake is available through MWCD. For those who don't want to rough it, two miles from Pleasant Hill Dam is Mohican State Park Resort overlooking Pleasant Hill Lake. The resort offers swimming, tennis, dining, and other activities.
There are miles of trails from Pleasant Hill Dam into Mohican State Forest and Park. Enjoy Big Lyon's, Little Lyon's Falls, and the Covered Bridge crossing over the Clear Fork River.
Public hunting is available on Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and Mohican State Forest land.
Picnic sites are available at the Pleasant Hill Lake Day Use Area, adjacent to the dam. Additional tables and shelters are available at Pleasant Hill Lake Park and Mohican State Park.
There is no designated swimming area available at this project. MWCD has designated one swimming area within the park.
There is no visitor center available at this project, however, tours of the dam, the intake structure, and the flood control facilities are available by calling the USACE.
Handicapped facilities are located at the dam's day use area on a seasonal basis (May through October).
Recreation - Recreations and activities available at or near Pleasant Hill Lake include boating, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, overnight lodging, picnicking, dining, water sports, and wildlife viewing.
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.
Pleasant Hill Lake is located on the Clear Fork branch of the Mohican River, 6 miles west of Loudonville, Ohio, and 20 miles southeast of Mansfield, Ohio.