Summer Events On Buckeye Lake In Jeopardy Following Army Corps Report


More potential fallout at Buckeye Lake following a report showing the dam could fail.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers said the dam that holds back water at the lake is at risk of catastrophic failure.

It means some major summer traditions including the Tour of Homes could now be in jeopardy.

Retiree Ron Craig has lived at Buckeye Lake for 12 years and is president of the Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association.

He moved to the lake to enjoy the summer activities, but this year his boat may not even hit the water.

"We may not be able to get our boat off the lift with water being at low pool," said Craig. "If they keep it at low pool we aren't going to be doing much boating on this lake."

The Army Corps of Engineers is recommending keeping Buckeye Lake at low water levels to prevent the 177 year-old dam from failing.

It means summer events like the 45 year-old July Fourth Boat Parade could be washed up this year.

"The residents around the lake don't see the evidence that tells them we have a high probability that this damn is going to fail at any minute," said Kreig Babbert from the Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association."

Babbert said instead of keeping the lake at winter pool levels, he would like to see the Ohio Department of Natural Resources repair the dam, allowing for more water in the lake.

If that doesn't happen, residents say summer traditions such as the Tour of Homes and Carp Fest may come to an end.

"So life at the lake will change significantly while the lake is at a winter pool level," said Babbert. "People are scared that they're not going to be able to use the lake for a very, very long time."

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said over the next few weeks it will review the report by the Corps of Engineers and will consult with the community before it makes any decisions.

Until a decision is made, the state says it will keep water level at winter levels which means no boating in Buckeye Lake.