COVID-19 Response and Frequently Asked Questions

June 12, 2020

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) prioritizes the safety and health of our community: the visitors we serve, our employees, volunteers, and neighbors. Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are committed to aligning operations with the orders/ recommendations of national, state, and local public health experts.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures and you must follow all posted instructions while visiting MWCD facilities.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By visiting MWCD Facilities, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

We are excited to be open because we are able to follow the ODH order, although some of our services will not be available until we have received further guidance from the department of health. We are counting on you to maintain social distancing so that we are able to remain open. Thank you for your continued patience!!

Information will be updated frequently to adapt to the continually evolving situation. 

Are Park Offices and Marina’s open?

The park offices and marina's re-opened on May 8, 2020. Bait, and fuel sales have also resumed. If you plan to enter one of our facilities, social distancing must be followed, and face coverings are strongly encouraged. Visitors who are sick, or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, (see www.CDC.org) should not enter our buildings. Signage will be on the front door indicating the total number of people permitted to occupy that retail space at one time. This number includes our staff. Also, as a reminder, we have developed special procedures to ensure that social distancing guidelines are maintained for boat rentals and fueling. Look for signage at the marinas upon your arrival regarding these procedures. Our staff continues to follow vigorous guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing to ensure the safety of our staff, and our visitors. 

Can I have visitors at my campsite? 

Only one family household may occupy each site. Visitors are not permitted at this time.

What measures are you taking to disinfect public spaces, such as restrooms/shower buildings?

We are following guidance from the CDC, which recommends regular cleaning and sanitation as one of the most important preventive measures we can take to protect the camper community. We are disinfecting our facilities regularly throughout each day, focusing especially on high-touch and high-traffic surfaces such as doors and door handles, bathroom surfaces, dispensers, sinks, handrails and light switches.

If my reservation was canceled due to the Corona Virus or I cancel my reservation due to the virus, will I receive a refund?

Yes, refunds will be provided in full. Contact the park or marina directly where the reservation was made.

Are the cabins available to rent?

Cabin reservations resumed on Friday, May 15. Additional cleaning will be implemented between reservations as recommended by the CDC at our cabins.

Are trails available for hiking?

Yes, trails are open! 

Is the swim beach open?

Yes, the swim beach is open! The beach will operate under the guidelines of swim at your own risk. No lifeguards will be on duty, and no water toys will be installed. Please maintain social distancing in these areas!

Are boat swim areas open?

Boat swim areas are open at all lakes. Please maintain social distancing while anchored in these areas!

Are playgrounds or sports courts open?

Our playgrounds and sports courts opened June 10. Use cautiously at your own risk. Playgrounds will be routinely sanitized. Bring your own equipment for the sports courts. 
Are shelters/ picnic pavilions open?

No- due to limitations on public gatherings, shelters and picnic pavilions remain closed. 

Can I fish along the shoreline of the lakes?

Yes, fishing along the shoreline is permitted on public property.

Are the boat launch ramps open?

Yes, the boat launch ramps are open.  

Are the rangers patrolling MWCD lands?

Yes, Rangers are still patrolling, and providing aid to the public.

Which facilities are not MWCD operated?

The MWCD has several leased operations throughout the district. For questions regarding operations at the following facilities, please reach out to these privately-operated businesses directly, as the answers may be different for these locations:

  • Atwood Lake Marinas (East and West)
  • Atwood Lake Lighthouse Bistro (located at the West Marina)
  • Atwood Dock Restaurant (located at the East Marina)
  • Charles Mill Marina
  • Leesville Lake Marinas (North and South)
  • Leesville Lake Northfork Campground
  • Pleasant Hill Marina
  • Seneca Lake-Dockside Restaurant
  • Seneca Lake- Boat Sales and Service by Ohio Valley Boats
  • Tappan Lake- Latitude 40 Restaurant
  • Tappan Lake- Boat Sales and Service by Ohio Valley Boats

 

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