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Lake White: Lake White State Park Dam to Undergo Repairs

Posted on 1/16/2015 by Engineering in Lake White Dam

COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) today announced notable capital improvement projects at Lake White State Park in Pike County. The most significant of these will be to make long-term risk reduction improvements to the 4,200-foot earthen dam to meet regulatory and safety requirements that are needed prior to restoring the lake level to its normal pool. ODOT also plans to replace the State Route 104 bridge that crosses over the dam spillway and other adjacent roadway improvements.

ODOT will manage the shared dam risk reduction and roadway improvement projects. The current estimate for project completion is summer 2016. The reservoir would be refilled and declared safe for boating sometime after completion in 2016, depending on weather and other factors.

Age and deterioration have led to safety deficiencies that included a significant seepage event at the base of the dam and spillway in August 2014, which required an emergency response and temporary repairs. The short-term dam risk reduction measures last year included a partial lowering of the 400-acre lake to a level that is approximately 8 to 11 feet below winter pool. The lowered lake level is a standard risk reduction measure that reduces the likelihood of seepage through the dam. Monthly project updates and additional dam risk reduction information will be posted online at

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

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For more information, contact:
Bethany McCorkle, ODNR Office of Communications

Final design for dam improvements was nearly complete in early 2015. Once completed necessary permits are acquired, then a construction contract can be awarded and construction schedule established. It is hoped construction will begin in 2015.

Dam Risk Reduction Measures at Lake White Fact Sheet [393 Kb pdf] (01/12/2015)

Please visit the Lake White Dam project page for more information.