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Ray Cooksey, left, of Newark, and Dick Bowman of Thornport, fish a channel at Lieb’s Island on Buckeye Lake during a recent Tuesday evening tournament. The visible weeds are the result of four years of low water at the lake. Request this photo

 

BUCKEYE LAKE — With more water in Buckeye Lake, boaters, anglers and tourists are returning to the Central Ohio resort area that’s been an escape for city dwellers for more than a century.

For nearly four years, Buckeye Lake has been kept three feet below normal pool to allow the reconstruction of the 5-mile long dam that had been rated in “imminent danger” of failure. Construction has reached the point that the lake has been allowed to rise two feet this spring, leaving the lake only a foot below normal summer pool, but high enough to allow most normal boating activity.

 

Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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