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Buckeye Lake Dam: Construction Update; Summer Plans

Posted on 6/6/2016 by Engineering in Buckeye Lake Dam

During summer, there will be additional work performed on the cutoff wall at various locations. The yellow turbidity curtain in the water will be removed. By winter, the old dam will be cleared of patios, flag poles and other defects. The chain-link safety fence will remain in place at its current location as the area behind the fence remains an active construction site. For your safety, please do not attempt to access the new earth berm from the land or water.

Recently, ODNR announced that the lake level would be allowed to rise to an interim summer pool. This new pool level will be one foot below normal summer pool. The level of the lake is controlled by installing a barrier in front of the AMIL gate structure. This barrier is constructed by putting aluminum panels (also known as "stop logs") in front of the AMIL gate structure, see pictures below. This raises the height of the spillway crest and will allow rains to fill the lake to a height even with the top of the barrier. These panels may seep from time to time releasing a small amount of water down the channel.

The lake drain structure to the left of the pictures below contains two 60-inch diameter gates, which are now closed. These two gates are designed with some allowable minimal leakage even when closed, which can be seen exiting the discharge pipe located at the end of the spillway.

The normal seepage described above is miniscule and will not affect the lake's pool level in any measurable way. The AMIL gate structure downstream of the barrier will remain up for water control purposes.


Please be aware: for your safety, crossing the fence to the Embankment Stability Berm is prohibited except for emergency responders and authorized personnel. Do no cross the fence for any reason.


Visit the Buckeye Lake Dam Risk Reduction project page

Buckeye Lake State Park web page.