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Ohio Announces Speed Zone To Ease Buckeye Lake Navigation

Ohio Department of Natural Resources
The earthen Buckeye Lake dam

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources continues to implement new policies at Buckeye Lake, where federal officials have warned a deteriorating dam could fail.

The department announced Friday it will have a speed zone for boaters on the western portion of the central Ohio lake.

A recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report concluded there's a high risk of failure at the lake's earthen dam. The state plans to replace the dam, but the lake is being kept at winter levels of about 3 feet.

ODNR says that due to safety concerns, skiing, wakeboarding and tubing have been banned.

ODNR's director says, though, that he wants to remind everyone the lake is still open for business.