Clear Fork Reservoir is located seven miles southwest of Mansfield near State Route 97. The reservoir was designed to be the major source of water for the City of Mansfield and was completed in 1949. Situated in the upper Clear Fork Valley, the lake contains 997 surface acres of water and 14 miles of shoreline. Thirty-five square miles of farmland act as a collector of rain water to keep the supply of water in the reservoir as constant as possible.
The elevation of the spillway is 1202 feet above sea level. 90% of the lake is more than 10 feet deep and 40 foot depths are not uncommon. The capacity of the reservoir is 4.4 billion gallons at the 1202 elevation level.
The lake together with 1,000 acres of surrounding land is available for picnicking, boating, fishing, camping, hiking, hunting and other forms of recreation are available. Clear Fork Reservoir is accessible not only to the residents of Mansfield, but also to individuals who seek relaxation at this beautiful site.
Three picnic areas, located along State Route 97 are open to the public without charge and picnic tables, charcoal burners, drinking fountains, restrooms and shelters are available for use. In 1986, a handicapped picnic area and fishing pier were constructed in Picnic Area #2 to ensure that the physically-challenged can take advantage of this beautiful and relaxing site.
Boating is permitted on the lake with no horsepower limit. However, a maximum speed limit of 8 miles per hour is strictly enforced. Boat rental is available at the marina. Fishing from boats is permitted on the lake, except in the area within 500 feet of the dam. Shore fishing is permitted on the south and west shores only.
Ample dock spaces can be leased on a seasonal basis.
Hunting is permitted with shotgun and longbow on the north and west shores only. No hunting is permitted in or near the picnic areas.
To provide greater convenience to the public, the City of Mansfield has leased a portion of the south shoreline to two concessionaires. These organizations sell and rent equipment for boating and fishing at the marina. The City also operates a family "A" campground near the marina.
Sailboat enthusiasts have been invited to participate in this type of activity near the intersection of Gass Road and State Route 97. Members of the Mansfield Sailing Club have provided a picnic area, docks, shelter, drinking fountain and restrooms. All of these facilities are available to the general public, except the docks and their moorings.
Four full-time patrolmen are on duty to assist visitors at the Clear Fork Reservoir Recreation Area.
For camping and/or boating call (419) 884-6277
Clear Fork Reservoir
Rt. #8, 2678 Gass Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44904