One of the state’s prettiest waterways, Clendening Lake is Ohio’s largest lake preserved in nature. The only commercial development is the full-service marina.
Peace and quiet prevail over 1,800 acres of Lake Clendening's unspoiled fishing waters. A cornocopia of trees and abundant natural beauty define 44 miles of shoreline, revealing little sign of civilization. The lake is.a paradise in which to boat, fish and swim.
Clendening is the number one lake for bass fishing in Ohio. Well known for its fine populations of largemouth bass, flathead and channel catfish, crappie and saugeye, the lake is most alluring to fishing enthusiasts.
Channel catfish angling is just as good as the bass fishing. Nearly 60% of the fish sampled by the ODOW were at least 16 inches and 6% of them measured 28 inches or longer. The flathead catfish are in the lake’s lower end hiding on the rocky bottom. They can easily reach the 20-pound range.
The Ohio state record for Shovel / Flathead Catfish was caught in Clendening Lake in 1979. It weighed 76.5 lbs and was 58 5/8" long.
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There is a 10 horse power limit on all boats on Clendening Lake which helps to ensure a peaceful day on the water, whatever your plans may be. The marina rents boats and stocks what most visitors need for a day on the water. Although the Clendening Marina is closed from November to March, boating and fishing enthusiasts can use the public launch ramp near the Clendening Lake Dam year round.
Please review the Lake Resource Guide for additional boat rentals and services in the area.
Camping is available at Clendening Marina June through September. The campground is within walking distance of the marina and there are 80 electric campsites, 20 non-electric sites and 4 full hook-up lots. The camping availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. No camping reservations are accepted. Pet camping is allowed as long as the pets are registered at the marina upon arrival and properly cared for and under control. Please review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging in the area.
The closest major cities are Cleveland and Columbus which are equidistant from Clendening Lake. Other nearby Ohio cities: Freeport, Uhrichsville, Dennison and New Philadelphia. The lake is located in Harrison county.
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