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May 20, 2013
Times Leader
From swimming to fishing, boating to just relaxing in the summer sun, the Ohio Valley has more than its fair share of water-based venues for warm-weather fun.

• Belmont County Belmont Lake: 65330 Barkcamp Rd., Barkcamp State Park, Belmont. Barkcamp boasts 123 electric camping sites, a mini golf course and playground, a horse washing station and the camp office loans games and sporting equipment to registered campers. Only boats with electric motors are permitted on the 117-acre lake. There is one boat launch. Species available for fishing include: bass, blue gill, crappie and trout. There is a 700-foot swim beach with swimming permitted during daylight hours only. Pets are not permitted on swimming beaches. There are eight picnic areas. Phone: (740) 484-4064. Piedmont Lake: 32665 Belmont Ridge Rd., Piedmont. Piedmont Lake is home of the state’s largest muskie caught and is a great fishing locale. The lake covers 2,312 acres in Belmont, Harrison and Guernsey counties with a maximum depth of 38 feet. Private camping sites with electric availability are available, as well as family vacation cabins. Species of fish include: muskellunge, catfish, bass, crappie, bluegill, perch and saugeye.

• Guernsey County Salt Fork Lake: 14755 Cadiz Rd., Lore City. Lodge has 148 guest rooms, dining room, coffee shop, snack bar, gift shop, lounge and lobby areas, along with an indoor game area and meeting rooms. Outdoor amenities include swimming pools, sauna, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a 400-foot swimming beach and boat ramps and docking facilities. Site also has 44 cottages and a 192-site campground. Fishing is allowable on the lake. A 2,500-foot beach is one of the largest inland beaches in Ohio. There are 10 boat launching ramps and there is no horsepower limit on the 2,952-acre lake. There are two marinas with a total of 469 rental docks. Phone (740) 439-3521. Website: Senecaville Lake: 22172 Park Rd., Seneca Lake Park, Senecaville. The largest of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District’s lakes and the third largest inland lake in Ohio, Seneca Lake features 513 camp sites in two locations, cabins, a swimming beach, nature center, amphitheater and more. The beach has free Wi-Fi access. There are 3,550 acres of water at the lake. Boats are limited to 399 horsepower. There is one public boat launch located at Ohio 574. Species of fish include: catfish, bass, crappie, bluegill, perch and walleye. Phone: (740) 685-6013.

• Harrison County Clendening Lake: 79100 Bose Rd., Freeport. Numerous electric and non-electric camping spots are located at Clendening Lake. Pets are welcome as long as they are registered at the marina. Species of fish include: catfish, crappie, bass, sunfish and saugeye. Phone: (740) 658-3691. Website: Tappan Lake: 84000 Mallarnee Rd., Deersville. Located between Cadiz and Urichsville, Tappan Lake is great for camping, swimming, boating, fishing and hiking. The park houses more than 500 campsites, along with cabins, a swimming beach and a trail connection to Tappan Wetlands wildlife area. Vacation cabins have free Wi-Fi. There are 2,350 acres of water. Boats have a limit of 399 horsepower. There are two public launch ramps. Fish species include: catfish, bass, crappie, bluegill, perch and saugeye. Phone (740) 922-3649.

• Jefferson Austin Lake: 1002 Twp. Hwy. 285A, Toronto. Austin Lake RV Park & Cabins is a privately owned and operated lake. Camping sites are available, along with picnic areas and larger picnic spots for gatherings. Wakeboarding and water ski lessons and rides are available. There are also tube slides, pedal carts, kayaks and paddle boats. There are also family-sized cabins to rent. Phone: (740) 544-5253. Website:

• Ohio County Bear Rocks Lakes: Dallas Pike, W.Va.: Bear Rocks Lakes Wildlife area boasts four different lakes to fish from, one of which is set up for handicapped access. Only electric-motor boats are allowed and there is no camping.



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