Boating Advisory Lifted for Atwood & Leesville Lakes
The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) is lifting a boating advisory for Atwood and Leesville Lakes effective July 19, 2019. Courtesy and boarding docks remain unusable, but public boat launch ramps will open and boating activities can resume at your own risk. An advisory had been posted due to high water and heavy rains that caused hazardous boating conditions resulting in the establishment of no wake boating regulations for both lakes.
Although the advisory has been lifted, boaters should use caution and be vigilant for any floating debris or submerged objects and wear a life jacket.
The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving over $7 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
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