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Pond Lick Lake Dam

General Information

Pond Lick Lake is located in Nile Township, Scioto County and is part of Shawnee State Park. The dam is owned and operated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources This dam is an earthen embankment that is 350 feet long and 22 feet high. The drainage area of the lake is 2.56 square miles and the lake has a normal pool surface area of 4 acres. Pond Lick Lake Dam is classified as a Class I dam, with high-hazard potential. (Hazard ratings refer to the consequences of dam failure, not the dam’s condition.)

The dam is overtopped by 6.8 feet during the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) event and requires overtopping protection. The PMF is the flood event that may be expected from the most severe combination of critical meteorological and hydrologic conditions that are reasonably possible in a particular drainage area. This rehabilitation of the dam will include roller compacted concrete (RCC) overtopping protection and replacing the principal spillway system in kind. Other improvements include replacement of the existing lake drain system with a new 24-inch ductile iron pipe and control tower which includes a 24-inch resilient wedge gate. The plans also include abandonment of the exiting lake drain and a newly designed stilling basin for the principal spillway. All regulatory permitting including USACE has been procured prior to construction.

ODNR began advertising for competitive bids in November 2013 to make improvements to the dam and park. Bids were opened on December 19, 2013 with Sunesis Construction Co., of West Chester, Ohio as low bidder. A notice to proceed will be provided after the Controlling Board approves the contract. Construction is expected to be completed by October 15, 2014. Michael Baker Jr., Inc. will be providing construction management oversight to ensure that the construction is conducted in accordance with the drawings and specifications. This will involve site inspections, progress meetings, and daily inspections during the construction of key components. The total estimated cost of construction of these improvements is $2,704,927.

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Pond Lick Lake Dam: Vital Statistics

  • Maximum Embankment Height: 22 feet
  • Length of Dam: 350 feet
  • Crest Width: 8 feet
  • Reservoir Surface Area At Top Of Dam: 16.8 acres
  • Storage Capacity At Top Of Dam: 96 acre-feet
  • Storage Capacity at Principal Spillway Elevation: 25 acre-feet = 8,146,290 gallons
  • Principal Spillway Type: L-Shaped Concrete Weir Leading Into a Reinforced Concrete Culvert, scheduled for 2014 replacement
  • Emergency Spillway: None
  • Principal Spillway Crest Elevation: 735 feet
  • Reservoir Surface Area at Principal Spillway: 4 acres
  • Lake Drains: 12-in Corrugated Metal Pipe scheduled for 2014 replacement with 24 inch Ductile Iron Pipe
  • Size Classification: Class IV
  • Hazard Classification: Class I
  • Lake Constructed: 1938
  • Total Drainage Area to Lake: 2.56 Square Miles
  • County: Scioto
  • Communities: Nile Township

To request more information you may write to:

Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Statewide Dam Repair Project

2045 Morse Road, Building C-4
Columbus, Ohio 43229

or send an email communication to You also may call the ODNR at (614) 265-6559.