ODNR: Water levels will be raised at Buckeye Lake, boating to resume


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced that dam safety improvements completed over the past eight months allow for water levels to be increased two feet above winter pool at Buckeye Lake.

The first phase of the Buckeye Lake improvements are now complete, nearly a year ahead of schedule.  ODNR says the improvements provide the community and the residents downstream with a structure that offers significant protections against potential dam failure.

"This project is an enormous undertaking, and I’m proud of the engineers and staff that have worked around the clock to build a safer structure for the residents of the Buckeye Lake community and all who enjoy this wonderful state park," said ODNR Director James Zehringer.

"While the final project is not yet complete, we have cleared an enormous hurdle, allowing us to maintain a higher water level and provide more recreational opportunities for visitors and businesses around the lake."

ODNR says the water levels at Buckeye Lake will continue to be monitored and maintained at the new depth during the recreational seasons, until the dam replacement project is completed in 2019.

When the new dam meets the required safety standards, the water will be returned to full summer pool.


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