Leesville Lake


Leesville Lake

Town(s): Bowerston OH, Carrollton OH, Leesville OH

Size: 1000 acres
Average Depth: feet
Maximum Depth: 45 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Horsepower or Speed Restrictions
Boating Comments: 10 HP Limit
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

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Leesville Lake – is a peaceful lake located in Carrollton Ohio, approximately 2 hours from both Columbus and Cleveland, but close to major cities such as Akron and Youngstown. The lake is owned by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and is subject to their regulations. Leesville Lake is regarded as one of the best fishing lakes in the state and is truly a wonderful place to experience a peaceful lakefront living lifestyle.


Lake / Marinas – Leesville Lake is 1,000 acres with a maximum depth of 45 feet. Boating regulations are in place with a 10 HP limit that keeps the waters quiet and still for the large volume of anglers that visit the lake every year. Residents can still enjoy kayaking and canoeing on the clear waters. The lake is well known as a fishing lake, and although several species can be found in the lake, Leesville is known as one of the top Muskie fishing spots in the state. There are two privately owned and operated Marinas around the lake; South Fork Marina and Petersburg Marina, offering fuel, boat rentals and fishing supplies.  


Offshore Amenities – Although Leesville is primarily a lake for fisherman there are other things to do. There are several hundred campgrounds available for use as well as a vast area of public land nearby. The land has several hiking trails throughout it, and residents can find themselves in an area great for hunting and trapping.


Nearby Activities – Several other MWCD lakes are nearby for additional boating and hiking opportunities including Atwood Lake. The famous Algonquin Mill Festival is hosted annually nearby, hosting a series of art and crafts, music and antique steam engines. There are also historical site opportunities nearby including the McCooks House, based on the civil war era.


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

Fishing Comments: One of the best Muskie Fishing Lakes in Ohio
Fish Species: Saugeye, Muskellunge, Crappie, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Bluegill

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: 2 Public Boat Launches
Parking Spaces: More than 40

Shoreline Development: 25-50%