An archaeological study is underway in preparation for the construction of a new marina at Caesar Creek, said to be one of the largest of its kind in southwest Ohio, when completed at the start of the 2016 boating season.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has temporarily lowered the level of the lake by 10 feet for the study. This is the first step in getting the proper permits to set up a construction schedule.
Construction will begin at the end of this year. Boaters will not be affected because the ODNR says excavating for the marina will be done in the off-season.
The location of the new marina will be just south of the beach area between the State Route 73 bridge and the swimming beach.
The ODNR's Phil Miller says the marina was in the original Caesar Creek master plan dating back to the 1970s.
The state is looking for partners. It plans to set up boat sales, service and "other land-based conveniences for park visitors."