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Tappan Lake is a Reservoir in Harrison, Ohio.

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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 offers more accessible shoreline fishing than any other Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District lake.

Fishing Description: 

appan Lake is noted for its fine populations of largemouth bass, crappies, bluegill, and channel catfish. Saugeye fishing is becoming increasingly popular. There are fair populations of perch, bullheads, and sunfish. Saugeye are stocked by the Division of Wildlife of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Spring fishing produces excellent catches of largemouth bass. The most successful method is by casting the shoreline from boat or wading using artificial lures.

Crappies are most readily taken around stumps and brush during the spring and fall on live minnows and crappie jigs.

The most popular way of taking bluegills is by using the canoe pole with redworms and maggots as bait during the summer months.

Night fishing during the summer using cut bait produces excellent catches of catfish.

Saugeye fishing is productive from spring through fall. Small jigs, tipped with a minnow or part of a nightcrawler, are effective in luring saugeye. The bridge openings are concentrating areas for saugeye during the fall lake draw-down period, which usually occurs from November 1 until December 1.

Facilities and Parks: 

Recreational facilities include boat rental, bait, picnic areas, campsites, vacation cabins, and food service.


Tappan Lake Park
84000 Mallarnee Rd.
Deersville, OH 44693
(740) 922-3649

Camping facilities include:

Over 500 campsites (class A full hookups and class A with electric)
Swimming beach, concession stand
Vacation cabins, camper cabins
Activity Center, nature center, special events
Laundry, camp store
A trail connects the park with the Tappan Wetlands, which has been designated as a watchable wildlife area

Boat Ramp: 

Two public launch ramps - one near the roadside rest area on U.S. 250, and the other across from Tappan Marina. A third launch ramp is located inside Tappan Lake Park.


Tappan Lake Marina offers boat sales and service, rentals, docking, fishing licenses, supplies, gas sales, boat and ski accessories, vacation cabin rentals. The marina restaurant overlooks the lake and offers a full menu.

Tappan Lake Marina
33315 Cadiz-Dennison Road
Scio, Ohio 43988
Phone: 740-269-2031

Note: Horsepower limits, “no wake” zones, and other boating regulations are subject to change. Boaters should contact the ODNR Division of Wildlife for current information.

Directions to Lake: 

Tappan Lake is in northwestern Harrison County in Stock and Franklin townships. U.S. Route 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.

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