Low water levels impact recreation

Jane BeathardA dry summer squelched recreational boating on some Ohio waterways — especially in the northeast, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“While most waterways were not impacted — some were,” said John Wisse of the ODNR Division of Watercraft.

Lower-than-normal water levels closed some marinas, ramps and docks at Berlin, LaDue and Michael Kirwan reservoirs, as well as Mosquito Creek and Pymatuning lakes in the northeast.

Facilities at Grand Lake St. Marys in northwest Ohio, Alum Creek Lake in central Ohio and Paint Creek Lake in southern Ohio were also impacted.

“Some reservoirs are already at or below winter pool,” Wisse said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers purposely dropped water levels at Delaware Lake in central Ohio early in order to facilitate a construction project at the marina.

Low water levels mean boaters must keep a keen lookout and reduce operating speeds while on the water, Wisse advised.

Stumps, rocks and other navigational hazards are closer to the surface in many areas, putting lower units, propellers and hulls at risk of damage.

The Corps listed lower-than-normal autumn water levels at these inland reservoirs during the third week of September:

  • Mosquito Creek Lake (Trumbull County) – 5.5 feet below average
  • Michael Kirwan Reservoir (Portage County) – 9.5 feet below average
  • Berlin Reservoir (Portage County) – 14 feet below average
  • Paint Creek Lake (Highland County) – 4.5 feet below average
  • Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – 3 feet below average
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