Mohawk Dam was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938 and was built along with 13 other dams to control flooding within the Muskingum River watershed. Work began in April 1935 and the dam was completed in September 1937. The embankment is rolled earth with an impervious core, having a maximum height of 115.5 feet. The crest length of the dam is 2300 feet at elevation 914.5. A concrete parapet wall that is 3 feet high was installed at the dam to provide freeboard protection. The outlet works are located in the left abutment and consist of an approach channel, intake structure, horsehoe shaped tunnel and conduit, stilling basin, and outlet channel.
Remnants of the historical Walhonding Canal and its associated locks are located along the length of the Walhonding River from Coshocton to Cavello Station. That route runs through Mohawk Dam. Information about the canal can be located at the museum at Roscoe Village in Coshocton.
Bicycles are permitted on roads and in campground areas. If you are looking for more of an adventure Kokosing Gap Trail is a well known bike trail near by. The closest access point to it from here is at Howard,OH. North on Rt 36. For more data visit the web site at 'www.railtrails.org/kokosinggap/about.htm
River access below the dam is via the gravel road through the recreation area. This area is now managed by Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources. From the gravel road canoes and other small craft can be launched.
Above the dam a take-out point is located on the right descending bank, this take-out is immediately above THE INTAKE which is DANGEROUS in high water conditions. The take-out it's self causes problems as it is directed up the river which makes the approach and landing difficult. USE CAUTION. There is a concrete portage path over the dam. People occasionally park their vehicles in the parking lot near the campground & fishing area on the other side of the dam. Do Not park above the dam near the river due to the possibility of high water.
Please be aware that this rivers depth can fluctuate widely, especially after heavy rain. This creates dangerous currents and floods the river with floating and submerged drift such as trees and debris. During flood control operations at Mohawk Dam land and public roads behind the dam, that are within the reservoir, can become flooded. Any person using the river must be aware of these facts. Call the office for the latest data at 740-824-4343, M-F, 7:30 to 4:00. DO NOT TAKE CHANCES.
Fishing along the Walhonding River is permitted below Mohawk Dam. The public access point is through the receation area is managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. It includes a graveled parking lot, and an access road to the river. It is open year-round except in severe winter weather. Please be aware that Mohawk Dam is a flood reduction/control structure and during periods of heavy rain the river below the dam can get very high and swift. The roads and land behind the dam may be flooded also.
There are no established hiking trails at Mohawk Dam. The open areas around the dam provide a place to walk, both below the dam and in the spillway opposite the entrance to the recreation area.
Horseback riding is not available on Mohawk Dam property.
A large number of hunters are drawn to the rural Mohawk Dam area because of the adjacent Public Hunting Area owned and operated by Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD). This property is open to the public in accordance with State game and hunting laws as well as regulations from MWCD. The U.S. Government property surrounding Mohawk Dam is not large enough to open to public hunting and NO HUNTING is allowed. Camping is not allowed in the public hunting lands.
There is no marina at Mohawk Dam.
There are no designated swimming areas associated with Mohawk Dam.
Information is available at the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers Mohawk Dam Office, located beside the dam on State Route 715, it is open Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Brochures and maps of the area are available, the staff will try to help you with any questions you may have.