Description - Kokosing Dam was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control. Construction began in June 1970 and was completed in May 1972. It is an impervious earth-fill dam with an unregulated outlet structure and a 3.5 ft x 6.75 ft high outlet tunnel.
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
North Branch Kokosing River Lake
- North Branch of Kokosing River Lake offers the outdoor enthusiast year-round enjoyment. The 154-acre lake invites anglers to test their skill at catching the lake's fine populations of northern pike, small and largemouth, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, and bullhead.
The lake is relatively shallow, with an average depth of 6.5 feet. However, it is open to small craft boating. Idle speed and 10 HP limit restrictions apply. A concrete 2-lane boat ramp is located at the picnic and boat launch area, which has a restroom and a lighted parking lot. Boaters should take safety precautions, as there are many tree stumps and other submerged hazards.
There are no developed hiking or horseback riding trails, however, the Ohio Division of Natural Resources (ODNR) public hunting area is conducive to both. Biking is limited to park roads, yet the Kokosing Gap Trail is nearby beginning in Mt. Vernon.
The picnic and boat launch area is located off Waterford Road and includes concrete picnic sites (tables, cookers, and trash receptacles), water fountain, a vault-type restroom (no running water), boat launch ramp and a large lighted parking area.
The Kokosing Lake Campground, located on the banks of Kokosing Lake, is now leased by Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. It has an associated day use area with picnic sites and boat ramp. The 42-site campground is designed for tent, trailer and RV camping. The sites all have electricity, water is available at several locations within the campground. A small playground and a vault-type restroom (no running water) is centrally located. There is a new bathhouse and restroom on the hill over looking the campground. It is fully handicapped accessible and has baby changing stations on both sides. There is a new dump station near the entrance to the campground.
The ODNR leases the majority of the property at Kokosing Lake including the hunting area which is a diverse mixture of woodland, fields and agricultural areas. Major game species include squirrel, rabbit, quail and pheasant. Waterfowl are abundant during migration. The Kokosing River and several small streams provide trapping opportunity for raccoon, opossum, muskrat, mink, weasel, skunk and fox.
The office facility does not include a manned office (visitor center). A new bulletin board was recently installed providing basic information to visitors. During camping season (May through September), brochures and general information are available at the Kokosing Campground entrance station.
Recreation - Recreational opportunities include fishing, limited boating, camping, hunting, picnicking, 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.
Kokosing Lake is about 15 minutes north of Mount Vernon and just west of Fredericktown, Ohio. From Fredericktown, access to the dam is via State Route 13 north to Waterford Road. The dam is located on the right about two miles from the Waterford Road and SR 13 junction. Kokosing Campground and Picnic Areas are also on the right just off Waterford Road about half-mile farther.