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Cj Brown Dam And Reservoir - Dam Site (Oh)

Clarence J. Brown Dam And Reservoir



C.J. Brown Reservoir offers a variety of recreational activities such as fishing, Boating, and hiking. There are three reservable picnic shelters with amenities and a Visitor Center with exhibits on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Additionally, the surrounding area is composed of varied habitats and is a designated Ohio Important Bird Area. Adjacent Buck Creek State Park also offers its own amenities such as a campground and rental cottages.


C.J. Brown Reservoir is located in west-central Ohio, two miles northeast of Springfield; thirty-five miles northeast of Dayton, and forty-five miles west of Columbus.


There are many recreational opportunities to enjoy at the lake including fishing, hiking, biking, wildlife watching, and picnicking. At nearby Buck Creek State Park, visitors also enjoy swimming, boating, and camping.


C.J. Brown Reservoir offers three reservable picnic shelters, with grills, picnic tables, electric service, and water fountains. The Visitor Center has exhibits on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and history of the Dam and lake, along with the natural resources and recreation in the area. Restrooms for the Meadow View shelter are located at the Visitor Center.

Natural Features

The Buck Creek valley was once a patchwork of wetland fens, prairie meadows, oak savannas, and open oak woodlands. Today, the 2,120 acre C.J. Brown Reservoir is surrounded by varied habitats, from brushy old fields, to restored prairie, to forest. C.J. Brown was designated an Ohio Important Bird Area in 2002.

Nearby Attractions

At adjacent Buck Creek State Park, there is a campground, rental cottages, a marina, swimming beach, and trails. Springfield, Ohio, is just a few miles away, and has several museums that are worth visiting, including the Heritage Center and the Frank Lloyd Wright Westcott House.

Charges & Cancellations

Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of your reservation. A $10.00 fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. For full Details see the Recreation One Stop cancellation Policy
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Campground Matrix

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Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
Buck Creek
Buck Creek State Park
1.4mi 83%
Buck Creek Shelters/Group Camp
Buck Creek State Park
1.4mi 78%
Buck Creek Cabins
Buck Creek State Park
1.5mi 68%
John Bryan Day Lodge
John Bryan State Park
13.0mi 42%
John Bryan
John Bryan State Park
13.3mi 50%
John Bryan Lower Shelter
John Bryan State Park
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