July 16, 2007
RECREATIONAL BOATING TAKES DRY WEATHER IN STRIDE
Water levels in most inland lakes and rivers are adequate for watercraft; boaters reminded to be on the alert for navigational hazards
COLUMBUS, OH - The recent stint of dry weather has not affected summer boating activity across Ohio. Water levels in most lakes and rivers are lower than normal for mid summer, but adequate for recreational watercraft.
“Boating participation remains seasonally high statewide and shows no significant impact from the dry weather we are experiencing this summer,” said Michael Quinn, acting chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft.
Public boat launch ramps and state park marinas remain open in virtually all areas.
Water levels in many rivers and streams in central and southern Ohio are below normal mid-summer levels, but canoe liveries continue to operate and report brisk activity on weekends. Most inland lakes have not been affected, although boaters on Harsha Lake near Batavia and Deer Creek Reservoir near Mount Sterling are advised to pay extra attention to potential navigation hazards as water levels decline through the dry late-summer months.
Larger waterways such as Lake Erie, the Ohio River, Grand Lake St. Marys and Pymatuning Reservoir have seen no decline in boating activity as a result of varying drought-like conditions.
Boaters are advised that hazards to safe navigation may increase if water levels continue to drop throughout the summer. For information on boating safety tips, water levels and outdoor recreational opportunities, visit ohiodnr.com.