New marina planned for Ohio state park

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new marina is being planned for Caesar Creek State Park, which is located about 70 miles southwest of Columbus, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The full-service facility, located near the state park beach area, will be the first of its kind on the 2,830-acre Caesar Creek Lake.

“I am pleased to announce Phase One of the long-awaited development of a new full-service marina in southwest Ohio,” ODNR Director Sean Logan said in a release. “The marina, which will in part be funded by Ohio boaters, will provide boaters with services they’ve been asking for, which will in turn advance Ohio boating and economic development opportunities.

Based on a feasibility study commissioned by ODNR in 2006, the region can support a 300-dock marina with fuel, sanitary, launch and concession services. Phase One of marina development will include the installation of 150 boat slips. Initial construction could begin as early as 2012, with the project being completed in 2014.

ODNR’s Division of Watercraft will utilize the state’s Waterways Safety Fund to hire a design consultant to complete a preliminary design and budget for the marina. The design process will include holding an informational meeting to provide the public an opportunity to share ideas for the types of services and facility amenities they would like at the marina.

The Waterways Safety Fund is primarily funded through a share of the state’s motor fuels tax, watercraft registration and titling fees and a grant from the U.S. Coast Guard.

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