Berlin Lake

Authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938, Berlin Lake is one of 16 flood damage reduction projects in the Army Corps’ Pittsburgh District. The project provides flood protection for the Mahoning River Valley as well as for the Beaver and Upper Ohio Rivers.

Since its completion in 1943, the Berlin Lake project has prevented flood damages estimated to be in excess of $2.6 billion. The project has the capability to store the equivalent run-off of 6.9 inches of precipitation from its 249 square mile watershed.

The project also provides downstream communities with a clean and dependable water supply and has helped to alleviate pollution problems throughout the Mahoning River Valley.

Additionally, Deer Creek Dam, which was built by the city of Alliance, Ohio, under agreement with the Department of the Army, provides a reservoir for domestic water supply to nearby communities.

  • Contact
    Berlin Lake Office:
    (330) 547-3781

    Ranger Station: Press 1
    Entrance Station: Press 2
    Lake Information: Press 3

    Resource Manager's Office:
    (330) 654-0865

    Campground Entrance Station
    (330) 547-8180
  • Location
    Berlin Lake
    7400 Bendell Road
    Berlin Center, OH 44401-9707
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Firearm/Firework Policy

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers DOES NOT honor State-issued concealed weapon permits, prohibits loaded concealed weapons, the possession of loaded firearms or ammunition on lands and waters administered by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers per Title 36, CFR 327.13{a).

Berlin Lake News

Army Corps of Engineers waives fees and invites volunteers to participate in National Public Lands Day, Sept. 24
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will waive day-use fees typically charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches at its recreation areas nationwide in recognition of...
Berlin Lake seeks public input on master plan updates
PITTSBURGH – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is seeking community feedback regarding proposed changes to the Berlin Lake Master Plan and will hold a 30-day public comment period...
Corps to Open Select Facilities at Recreation Sites
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is announcing that select facilities at district-managed sites will open Memorial Day weekend for the 2020 recreation season in alignment states’...


Take time out to enjoy the ever-changing pattern of life and scenery that await you at Berlin Lake. Located near Akron, Youngstown, and Warren, Ohio the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites you to trade the sights and sounds of the city for those of the Ohio countryside.

In addition to its colorful scenery, Berlin Lake offers visitors a wide variety of recreational experiences, including camping, boating, picnicking, or just relaxing in peaceful surroundings.

Campground Reservations

Many campsites at four Pittsburgh District lakes – Berlin Lake, Shenango River Lake, Tionesta Lake and Youghiogheny River Lake – can be reserved in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS), an interagency one-stop center for recreation reservations.  Reservations can be made up to six months before arrival by calling the NRRS toll-free at 1-877-444-6777 or on their web site  Campsites at all other Pittsburgh District lakes, as well as other campsites at Berlin, Shenango, Tionesta and Youghiogheny, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Day-Use Policy

All are welcomed to use Mill Creek Campground to walk (with/without a dog), jog or bicycle during the campground off season. Please be advised dogs MUST be on a leash to ensure safety of the dog and visitors. Parking is permitted in the Day Use parking lot.

Facilities and Activities

Firewood Alert!

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is trying to stop the spread of Emerlad Ash Borer (EAB), an insect that kills ash and hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) that kills hemlocks. For more information about these insects, please visit Firewood is sold in the campground by the Friends of Berlin Lake group and by local private vendors in the area.

ATV Policy

Off-road operation of any motorized vehicle on federal land adjacent to Berlin Lake is prohibited by Federal regulation. Violation may result in a written warning or citation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Information about federal regulations regarding off-road vehicle operation may be obtained by call the Berlin Lake Office at (330) 547-3781.

Interpretative Programs

Stop in at the campground entrance station or check out the Facebook page for what’s happening at Berlin Lake.

Interactive Reservoir Map


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