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East Reservoir: Filling Cat Swamp and Final Construction Activities in June

Posted on 5/24/2019 by Engineering in Portage Lakes

The Cat Swamp has been refilled and once final inspections are completed, access will return for the boating season.

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Lake White: Filter berm improvements planned for 2019

Posted on 4/8/2019 by Engineering in Lake White Dam

ODNR will begin the process of drawing down Lake White to winter pool on November 1. ODNR staff will lower the gates in six-inch increments over the course of the drawdown.

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Portage Lakes North Reservoir: Dam Improvement Design Work Continues

Posted on 3/15/2019 by Engineering in Portage Lakes

Final design work continues in coordination with Tetra Tech for improvements to the North Reservoir Dam in Portage Lakes State Park. ODNR has applied for the required permits; once they are received construction can begin. Plans call for final design work to be completed in spring. ODNR plans to hold a public open house to share project information before construction begins.

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East Reservoir: Construction Progresses to New Phase

Posted on 3/8/2019 by Engineering in Portage Lakes

Now that deep soil mixing activities within the new East Reservoir dam embankments are complete, workers are constructing water control structures at the north embankment.

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Cutler Lake: Dam work complete, normal lake operations resume

Posted on 2/8/2019 by Dave Orr in Cutler Lake

The work on dam improvements, including construction of a new labyrinth weir spillway, has been completed...

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East Reservoir: Portage Lakes Drive Back to Normal Alignment

Posted on 12/17/2018 by Engineering in Portage Lakes

Portage Lakes Drive is returning to its original aligned at North Turkeyfoot Road.

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Portage Lakes North Reservoir: Water being lowered to inspect spillway

Posted on 12/6/2018 by Engineering in Portage Lakes

On Wednesday, December 5 ODNR staff detected a gate malfunction at the North Reservoir primary spillway during routine operations. In response and to reduce any potential risk to public safety, ODNR began immediately lowering the water by at least 15 inches in the East, West and North reservoirs. All three must be lowered due to the interconnected nature of the Portage Lakes State Park waterways.

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