Leesville Lake offers 1000 acres of water surface, 2700 acres of land. The lake has two public launch ramps with a 10 horsepower limit for boating and fishing. There is camping and seven youth camps on the lake. Leesville Lake is consistently ranked as one of the top Ohio Lakes for "muskie" fishing.
The lake is located near Ohio State Route 212 and Leesville, Ohio. The lake is formed by Leesville Dam across McGuire Creek, a tributary of Conotton Creek . The lake is named for the village of Leesville.
The McGuire Creek forms the south branch of the C shaped lake, while the north branch is formed by the North Fork McGuire Creek and Bear Hole Run. The Dam was completed in October, 1936 at a cost of $941,000 by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. The operation of the lake and dam, along with the property immediately surrounding the dam site, was transferred to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District, after the approval of the Flood Control Act of 1939 by Congress. The MWCD continues to be responsible for the management of much of the reservoir areas behind the dam, serving as a partner to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood reduction. In addition to operating a number of recreation facilities, the MWCD cooperates with the Ohio Division of Wildlife for fishing and hunting management.