Buckeye Lake Dam: Construction Update

Buckeye Lake Dam: Construction Update

In an effort to keep everyone around the Lake informed, we are sharing the update provided by the ODNR regarding the Buckeye Lake Dam construction.

Please see the statement below provided by Ian Nickey:

We would like to provide the community with an update concerning the two Open Houses held last week. The project received many questions regarding the proposed speed zone spanning 2.5 miles from Sellers Point to Cranberry Bog and the instruments used to determine lake elevation for the water control plan.

Update from the Division of Parks & Watercraft

After receiving feedback from the community and collecting additional data regarding the restricted speed zone, the Division of Parks and Watercraft conducted additional analysis and determined that normal boating operations and towed water sports could resume at Buckeye Lake. Please practice safe boating and continue to use caution when operating a vessel in the lake. This decision is based on maintaining the interim summer pool and could be reconsidered if water levels decrease due to lack of precipitation.

Remember: the embankment stability berm is a construction site and operation of a vessel near the berm is prohibited.

Lake Level Update

The Liebs Island/Millersport USGS gauge is useful for generally describing lake levels, but can fluctuate due to the device’s sensitivity to environmental conditions. USGS gauge measurements are always confirmed at the ODNR AMIL Gate staff gauge, which is directly adjacent to the AMIL Gate spillway and is visually inspected by the dam tender on a regular basis.

The AMIL Gate staff gauge offers a truer reading of the lake level in real time and is the primary gauge used in the ODNR Water Control Plan to operate the lake drains in order to regulate the lake level. By contrast, without confirming the lake level using the ODNR AMIL Gate staff gauge, unexplained spikes in the USGS gauge readings may result in unnecessary lake drain operations to lower the lake level.

ODNR expects to utilize the AMIL Gate spillway gauge to determine actionable levels and while it cannot be monitored online, ODNR will be providing that information regularly on the Buckeye Lake website here: http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/buckeyelake

As of noon Friday (3/17/17), the ODNR AMIL Gate staff gauge was reading approx. +1.66 feet or +19.9 inches, which is approx. 4.1 inches below interim summer pool.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by reply email or by phone at 614-221-2800.

All the best,

Ian Nickey
Stakeholder Outreach Manager
Buckeye Lake Dam Improvements Project

By |2017-11-18T14:07:51+00:00March 22nd, 2017|The DAM, Updates|2 Comments

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  1. Shannon March 23, 2017 at 7:33 am - Reply

    The information around the speed zone restrictions isn’t very clear.. did ODNR basically decide to get rid of the speed zone altogether and will re-evaluate once lake levels start to decrease?

    • Buckeye Lake 2030 Team March 24, 2017 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Hi Shannon. At the ODNR “Listening Sessions” the speed zone map presented for 2017 is unchanged from that of last season; essentially from the North Shore Park area to Seller’s Point, and concentrated towards the middle of the lake. The biggest official change is that towed water sports (skiing, tubing, etc.) are now permitted. I hope this helps answer your question and that you are more able to enjoy the lake with the interim summer pool!

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