Buckeye Lake

Just over a year ago, the $100 million project to repair the crumbling earthen dam at Buckeye Lake was finished two years early.  But the state is looking at dozens of the 1420 dams in Ohio that could be failing.

This Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, photo, shows the principal spillway inlet under a gazebo, that redirects excess water out of the Muskingum University's lake in New Concord, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Picturesque, and at times, worrisome.

The Muskingum University dam holds back what locals call "College Lake" on the campus of the private liberal arts college. Perched directly over the inlet to the lake's spillway is a wooden gazebo — a locally legendary fixture where many young couples have had their first date or kiss.

Buckeye Lake Construction Finishes Ahead Of Schedule

Nov 9, 2018

The replacement for the Buckeye Lake dam, which had deteriorated to the point where authorities said it was at risk of failure, has officially opened.

Sam Hendren

Ohio officials have long stressed the issues toxic algal blooms can cause for the state’s tourism industry. A new study says the blooms have also cost homeowners on two of Ohio's largest lakes more than $150 million in the past six years.

A new dam was constructed along the original 200-year-old earthen dam at Buckeye Lake.
Esther Honig / WOSU

It's a wet and overcast morning on Buckeye Lake, the century year-old manmade lake just 30 minutes east of Columbus.

Despite the weather, Dave Levacy—owner of Buckeye Lake Marina—is rushing to clean and service hundreds of boats for Memorial Day weekend. 

Olivia Miltner / WOSU

State officials on Thursday announced that life for Buckeye Lake residents and business owners can finally get back to normal.

Olivia Miltner / 89.7 NPR News

State officials today delivered welcome news for boaters and business owners at Buckeye Lake. The lake's water levels are returning to normal a year ahead of schedule.


Officials will let the water level rise in Buckeye Lake after keeping it low for over a year as a precaution because of a deteriorated dam. The move is welcome news to boaters and local businesses.

Buckeye Lake
Ohio EPA

Construction crews have begun phase one of the $150 million Buckeye Lake Dam project: a stability berm. And it's on a fast track. Area residents can expect crews to work around the clock, 18 to 20 hours a day, seven days a week.

Buckeye Lake
Ohio EPA

The Ohio Department of Transportation is installing highway signs advertising some of the businesses that are remaining open while a deteriorated dam and low water keeps tourists away.

Excavation of an embankment at Buckeye Lake for a new house
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The state has asked hundreds of homeowners on the deteriorated dam at Ohio's Buckeye Lake to remove their docks and other structures, such as decks, in preparation for construction of a replacement barrier.

An aerial view of Buckeye Lake

Federal officials have declared an economic injury disaster designation for three counties near Buckeye lake as crews work to repair an ailing earthen dam.

Property Lines Being Surveyed On Ohio's Buckeye Lake Dam

Aug 13, 2015
Buckeye Lake
Ohio EPA

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is surveying property lines on the deteriorated Buckeye Lake dam to clarify boundaries of state land before major construction work begins there.

Buckeye Lake Businesses Seek Federal Aid

Jul 28, 2015
Buckeye Lake
Ohio EPA

More than a dozen businesses near central Ohio's Buckeye Lake say they've lost significant revenue with the water kept low as plans are made to replace a deteriorated dam.

An aerial view of Buckeye Lake

A central Ohio lawmaker says more businesses near Buckeye Lake will have to submit proof of significant revenue losses before the state can apply for an economic disaster declaration as a step toward possible federal aid.