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Project Updates

Buckeye Lake: Crane Lake and Dredging Safety Update

Posted on 6/4/2018 by Engineering in Buckeye Lake Dam
Crane Lake

Construction is nearly complete at Crane Lake. The pedestrian bridge from North Shore to Picnic Point has been installed and Picnic Point is now open to visitors. Boat access between Crane Lake and Buckeye Lake has also been restored. Crystal Beach remains closed.

Dam construction work continues in the area, and visitors may experience some delays at the North Shore Boat Ramp launch area (both the Liebs Island and Fairfield Beach boat ramps are open and offer ample parking).

Boaters: Please use caution in and around the channel between Crane Lake and Buckeye Lake. ASI has installed markers designating shallow areas and is continuing to investigate any obstructions or material in that area.

Dredging and Boater Safety

Please be aware that dredge operations have begun. No-wake and red marker buoys have been placed around the submerged dredge pipe which runs roughly from Mud Island to Fairfield Beach passing by Onion Island on the east side. Use caution when navigating around the marker buoys and the dredge project siteā€”the pipe may surface unexpectedly at any time.

To facilitate safe navigation the pipe is secured to the lake bottom by 500 lb. weights. These crossings are marked by lighted beacons. When returning from open water and using the crossing, make sure to keep the red markers on your right. Please remember: "Red Right Returning."

Watercraft striking the pipe can cause significant injury and/or property damage. Striking the pipe can also cause significant damage to the pipe which must be repaired to continue dredging. Please use caution and follow all boating regulations. The Ohio Boat Operators Guide is available at the park office or online: watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/operatorsguide.



Safety Reminder

The dam embankment from the homes to the lake remains an active construction site. For your safety, site access is limited to emergency responders and authorized personnel.
 

Visit the Buckeye Lake Dam Risk Reduction project page

Buckeye Lake State Park web page.