City Lake will open April 16

SALEM – The Salem Reservoir opens April 16, Parks Director Steve Faber said Thursday.

The scenic 220-acre lake is the city’s main water supply and located on Gamble Road and remains, as Parks Director Steve Faber has said repeatedly, “It’s a one-day vacation.”

Also known as Cold Run Reservoir, the lake offers, fishing, boating, volleyball, horseshoes, a playground and picnic area.

The lake employs four seasonal people and is stocked with bass, perch, catfish and bluegills.

It opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. (dusk) six days a week and is closed on Mondays except for Monday holidays. No swimming is allowed.

A daily fishing pass for 15-year-olds and up is $5 a day; for 13 and 14-year-olds it is $3 a day.

Seasonal individual passes are $40; and family (up to five) seasonal passes are $50 a year. Additions to the family pass are $6 per person.

The lake is open until the last Sunday in September.

The Parks Department operates the lake under the supervision of the Utilities Department. There are 18 boats that can be rented for $2.50 per hour or for a maximum six hours from $36 a day to $45 per day based on an hourly charge for each piece of equipment – boat, motor, or battery that is rented. Life jackets, boat cushions and fishing poles can also be rented.

The lakehouse sells bait and has light refreshments, like pop, chips and candy while the picnic tables have grills. Weekday fishing is usually pretty spotty, Faber has said in the past.

There is no limit on Northern Pike, but they must be at least 14 inches in length to keep, large mouth bass, small mouth bass and walleye are limited to four of each and must be at least 15 inches in length. Channel catfish, bullhead, brown trout and rainbow trout all have no limit.

For information, call 330-222-2609.

To get to the lake from Salem, take Depot Road south for approximately 4.5 miles to Teegarden Road and turn right and continue for approximately 1.5 miles to Gamble Road.

Turn south onto Gamble Road and travel approximately one mile to the lake’s main entrance.