Flood Control … July 11, 2013

The Army Corp of Engineers developed man-made lakes for the purposes of flood control. Due to recent rains the dams on these lakes had to be partially closed to limit the flow of water downstream. Both Mifflin Lake and Pleasant Hill lake were developed for these flood control purposes. Charles Mill Dam was constructed in 1935 and 1936 and is primarily for flood control but also for recreation and fish and wildlife management. Pleasant Hill Lake, situated in Richland and Ashland counties near Loudonville in Mohican Country, is one of central Ohio’s top boating and outdoor attractions. Managed by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, the lake was constructed in the 1930s for flood reduction and water conservation, but has turned into an outdoor recreational paradise.

Parking area on Route 430 in Mifflin (3)

Pointing upThis picture was taken yesterday at a parking area just off Route 430 in Mifflin.

Parking area on Route 430 in Mifflin (13)

Pointing upThis shot, taken today shows that the water levels have risen several feet.

Parking area on Route 430 in Mifflin (17)

Pointing upThe dock at this location, the parking area off Route 430 in Mifflin, is now about 20 or so feet out in the water. Nevertheless, this boater is determined to enjoy the day.

River near Pleasant Hill Dam (1)

Pointing upThis is a picture of a river that flows under a bridge near Pleasant Hill Dam. I took it two days ago.

River near Pleasant Hill Dam (6)

Pointing upToday that river has risen over its banks.


Pointing upThis picture, taken at Pleasant Hill Dam shows a level of 66 feet. I was told this was 16 feet above the normal level. It was expected to rise another foot. Normally you would be able to see the openings where water would flow in.

I tried to get into the Park at Pleasant Hill Lake but they were not allowing anyone to enter except for the purposes of removing boats, requiring a pass.

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