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Leesville Lake

Leesville Lake, in northeastern Ohio is a reservoir formed by Leesville Dam across McGuire Creek which is a tributary of Conotton Creek.

Over 1,000 acres of water surface among 2,700 acres of land, its 27 miles of scenic shoreline offer beauty that can best be enjoyed from a boat since roads do not encircle this lake.

Leesville Lake, well known for its excellent "muskie" fishing, can be accessed via State Routes 39, 212 and 332.

In November of each year the lake is lowered to winter pool of 958 feet to allow more flood capacity, and to freeze and kill the roots of aquatic weeds. Levels are returned to summer pool in the spring.


Leesville Lake is known for miles around as one of the top locations for "muskie" fishing in Ohio and the Midwest. It is also home to quality saugeye, largemouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, black and white crappie, channel catfish, brown bullhead, northern pike, pumpkinseed sunfish, and carp.

You will find no walleye, no white bass and no striped bass in Leesville Lake.

Advanced fingerling muskellunge (9-11) and fingerling saugeye (1+) are stocked annually by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. They stock Channel catfish yearlings (9) in odd-numbered years.

In addition to monitoring fish populations and stocking the lake, the Division of Wildlife activities include creel studies, and physical and chemical water quality analysis.


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     Leesville Lake OH Coordinates:
40.4882N, -81.1637W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
1,011 acres
Maximum Depth:
37 ft
963 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
0 - 1 ft
Major City:
Carroll County - Tolson


There is a 10 horsepower limit restriction for boating and fishing on Leesville Lake. This makes it attractive for canoes, kayaks, row boats and sailboats.

The lake has two marinas and two public launch ramps. The South Fork Marina rents pontoon boats in various sizes. The Clow's marina rents small fishing boats as well as pontoons.


There are 200 camp sites including seven youth camps on the Leesville Lake and both marinas on the lake rent vacation cabins. South Fork Marina offers equipped cabins that accommodate up to four people while Clow's marina offers two equipped, two bedroom cabins. Please review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging information in the area. Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging information in the area.


Leesville Lake is located in Orange, Perry and Monroe Townships in southwest Carroll county in northeastern Ohio. The closest major city is Cleveland. Other nearby cities: Akron, Columbus, New Philadelphia and Carrollton.

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