Description - Completed in 1936, Beach City Lake Dam has an embankment height of 64 feet and crest width of 35 feet. The dam is 5,600 feet long and of that 1,600 feet is the main embankment having an impervious core with pervious shells. The dike extension of the dam is impervious fill and has a height of 5 to 20 feet. A weir just above the intake structure maintains the reservoir level. Gates are 7 X 15 feet caterpillar type, located in the intake structure. Beach City also operates three levees and a pump station at Brewster, Ohio, located 5.5 miles upstream of the dam. Restrooms are provided at the Beach City Day Use Area on a seasonal basis (April October). There is a public restroom located at a roadside rest on State Route 250 , one mile west of Beach City Dam, maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportation, open year-round.
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White Manarda, an uncommon wildflower nestled amid Ohio's woodlands
- Bicycles are permitted on all paved roads at Beach City Lake. Boaters are limited to 10 HP motors. A public launch ramp is located on State Route 93 approximately 10 minutes drive time from the dam. The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Park operates it. The best fishing opportunities are located below the dam. Hiking is permitted within the dam's surrounding woods; however, there are no designated trails. Picnicking opportunities are at the day use area.
Recreation - Recreational opportunities at Beach City Lake include biking, boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, and picnicking.
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.
Beach City Dam is located near the northern border of Tuscarawas County, Ohio, on Sugar Creek, a tributary of the Tuscarawas River, about nine miles above New Philadelphia, Ohio.