COLUMBUS, OH – Lake levels will be dropped at several areas of Portage Lakes State Park beginning October 18 to allow for dock repairs, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The water will remain lowered until November 15.
Lakes in the Portage Lakes chain that will be affected by the annual drawdown include East Reservoir, West Reservoir, North Reservoir, Turkeyfoot Lake, Mud Lake and Rex Lake. The levels of Summit Lake, Nesmith Lake, Long Lake, Nimisila Reservoir, Comet Lake and Camp Y-Noah will not be affected.
While the lakes are lowered, area residents will have the opportunity to make needed repairs to docks and seawalls. The lake levels will be lowered by 15 inches during the month-long period, then refilled to their normal levels. The refill process will take approximately seven days, depending on weather conditions.
Portage Lakes State Park consists of eight lakes encompassing 2,034 acres in southern Summit County. Additional park facilities include a campground, picnic areas, nature trails and a public swimming beach as well as a dog park and dog beach.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.gov.