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Project Updates

Buckeye Lake: New Dock Policy and Guidelines for 2019

Posted on 10/4/2018 by Engineering in Buckeye Lake Dam

The rehabilitation of the dam at Buckeye Lake is on track to be completed this year, ahead of schedule and under budget, which means visitors and residents are looking forward to a full recreational season in 2019.

With that in mind, please find below an outline of the policy and guidelines for construction of private docks along the dam at Buckeye Lake State Park. These guidelines are intended to safeguard the public by protecting the dam and following best practices for boater safety and navigation. Guidelines for methods and materials will be flexible, if the safety of the dam and the public is not compromised.

To provide fair and equitable access to privately owned docks for all dam-front residents, one dock space is planned for each residential parcel bordering the dam. ODNR is in the process of installing a 5-ft. square concrete dock locator pad with an identification number for each parcel. Dock pad location details and information will be sent to property owners later this year.

As in the past, dock owners will be required to apply for a construction permit to build a dock and will be assessed annual mooring fees.

Construction of docks adjacent to the dam, however, will be handled much differently than in the past. Several key changes include:

  • No penetrations of the dam will be allowed.
  • Docks must be installed from the lake side only.
  • Storing materials and equipment on the dam will be prohibited.
  • ODNR encourages, but will not require, the use of removable docks.

Dock guidelines and a document to help respond to your questions can be found online: