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Project Updates

Buckeye Lake: Crane Lake channel work to begin

Posted on 2/20/2018 by Engineering in Buckeye Lake Dam

ODNR announced the next step forward in the project to upgrade the Buckeye Lake dam. Construction work in and around Crane Lake will begin next week with activity expected to begin at the site on Monday, February 19, with an anticipated completion date in mid-May. A temporary work platform will be constructed next to the existing pedestrian bridge spanning the channel between Crane Lake and Buckeye Lake. This platform, in between Crane Lake and Buckeye Lake, will be used by workers as they install a steel sheet-pile barrier. The pedestrian bridge will be temporarily removed, and the Picnic Point area will be closed during the construction work for safety.

Sheet pile is being installed to create a barrier 42-feet deep into the lake bed. This depth is equal to the barrier already installed as part of Phase I of the dam project at Buckeye Lake. In the water channel between the lakes, the top of the sheet pile will be aligned with the lakebed to accommodate the area’s traditional boat traffic. Post-construction, during high-water events, the existing gate can be closed to prevent water from entering the area of Crane Lake that has not been addressed as part of the Buckeye Lake Dam remediation.

After removal of the temporary work platform, boat traffic and pedestrian use of the foot-bridge will be restored between Crane Lake and Buckeye Lake. 

This work was originally planned to take place solely during winter pool, but project timing required the change in schedule. We will continue to keep you updated as the schedule changes and will work to move as quickly as practical to minimize the impact to the community. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Information regarding other special treatment areas, such as spillway work, will be forthcoming as it is available.


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.

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Buckeye Lake State Park web page.