Tappan Lake is part of Ohio's Muskingum Watershed Conservation District and is also home to the headquarters for the Buckeye Trail, a popular hiking trail that winds through the entire state. One of the top boating destinations in the state, Tappan Lake features a host of activities for the outdoor enthusiast.
Tappan Lake was originally constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1933 as part of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District to provide water conservation and flood control.
The catalyst for the creation of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and Tappan Lake was the Flood of 1913, which destroyed the Ohio and Erie Canal and killed 361 people.
Boating, fishing and hiking are the three most popular activities at Tappan Lake. The 1,440-mile Buckeye Trail makes its headquarters here. The lake also features a marina with a full-service restaurant.
The campground at Tappan Lake Park features over 500 campsites along with 10 family vacation cabins. The park also provides a camp store, activity center and playground.
Tappan Lake is located in eastern Ohio among the Appalachian foothills. The reservoir was formed by the damming of Little Stillwater Creek as part of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy project.
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, construction of Tappan Lake and the other reservoirs of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District saved an estimated $7 billion in potential flood damages.
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