Tappan Wetland Mitigation Bank

About this Location

The only parking for the Tappan Wetland Mitigation Bank is a small pull-off on OH-250, so caution is needed pulling off there, as traffic can be fast-moving. There are no facilities there and unless one goes in waders out into the marsh, visibility and access are limited to viewing from the pull-off.

About Tappan Lake

Tappan Lake is in northwestern Harrison County in Stock and Franklin townships. US-250 follows the main body of the reservoir for 7 miles. Township roads border three long bays on the north side, making easy access to the lake. New Philadelphia, with access to I-77, lies 20 miles to the northwest.

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District was organized under state law in 1933 for the primary purposes of flood control, conservation, and recreation. The first waters to form the permanent lakes were impounded in 1938. In 1939 the flood control aspect became the responsibility of the United State Army Corps of Engineers as part of the Ohio-Mississippi Flood Control Program.

The Division of Wildlife is responsible for all hunting and fishing in the District’s 54,000 acres of land and water. There are 16,000 acres of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District lakes with 365 miles of shoreline to enjoy.

Tappan Lake was impounded by constructing a dam across Little Stillwater Creek. It has 2,131 acres of water and its 47 miles of shoreline offer more accessible shoreline fishing than any other Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District lake.

Accessible parking and trails.

Restrooms on site.

Content from Jon Cefus and Ohio Ornithological Society