Berlin Lake


Berlin Lake

Town(s): Alliance OH, Deerfield OH, Berlin Center OH, North Benton OH

Size: 3341 acres
Average Depth: 23 feet
Maximum Depth: 55 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, Other Restrictions
Boating Comments: No HP Limit during daylight, but 10 Mph limit at night.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

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Berlin Lake – was originally built in 1942 as the backup reservoir to nearby Lake Milton, but this large and gorgeous lake have since become a place of lakefront fun and recreation for nearby residents! Located on the Mahoning River and spanning across 3 separate counties in Ohio, this lake is only a little over 1 hr. drive from both Cleveland, Ohio and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With both major cities so close, as well as major hubs Akron and Youngstown close-by, this popular lake is well known among boaters and anglers alike!


Lake / Beach / Marinas – Berlin lake is approximately 3,341 acres and is one of the largest inland lakes in the state of Ohio. With the water’s depth ranging from 23 feet to 55 feet and with such an expansive body of water, the lake, which has no HP limit except for at night, is perfect for boaters. Kayaks, canoes, tubing, jet skiing and all other boating activities are common at the lake. There is also a designated swimming beach along with several other scuba diving and swimming sites along the lake. There are also 2 privately owned Marinas at Berlin Lake that offer a wide range of services from fishing gear and licenses to fuel and small boat rentals.


Offshore Amenities – At the lake there are also several picnic areas and playgrounds for children, as well as the Mill Creek Campground that has over 350 campsites! ODNR also manages 8,500 acres of public land around the lake that houses both an archery range and a dog training area, as well as some areas open for hunting when in season. There are a few small trails around the lake with more in development, as residents enjoy bird watching and other nature filled activities around Berlin Lake. The lake is also a hot spot for anglers as it has a wide variety of fish available, and is one of the few places in Ohio where Walleye naturally spawn making it the location for several fishing tournaments.


Nearby Activities – The nearby cities around Berlin Lake offer several other activities to enjoy such as the Akron Fossil and Science Center, the Akron Zoo, and the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame. There are two art centers located in nearby Youngstown as well; the McDonough Museum and the Butler Institute both located at Youngstown State University. The city of Youngstown also contains the Noah’s Lost Ark Exotic Animal Sanctuary as well as the TP Auto Car Collection. Right next door to the lake is also another reservoir, DeerCreek, which allows only electric motors on the water to provide for an undisturbed fishing environment.  




Water Quality: No Known Issues
Vegetation Growth: Unknown
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fish Species: Muskellunge, White Bass, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Channel Catfish, Sunfish, Bluegill, Walleye

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: 4 Public Boat Launches
Parking Spaces: More than 40

Shoreline Development: 25-50%