By Frank Lewis
November 5, 2013
PDT staff Writer
A newly reconstructed marina along the Ohio River at Shawnee State Park in Scioto County is open for service and the winter lease season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
“It was a total renovation,” John Wisse, spokesman for ODNR, said. “It was a complete renovation. Parking was already there, but it was improved to make sure it was handicapped accessible. We refurbished the restrooms. And then we put in all new boat slips of different lengths.”
Wisse told the Daily Times the recently completed project features 72 boat slips at lengths of 28, 36 and 50 feet. The slips are constructed of galvanized steel frames and wood decks. The 50-foot and 36-foot boat slips include water and electric service, while the 28-foot boat slips do not include utilities.
Recreational boating is popular along the Ohio River and across the state. Approximately 99 percent of Ohio’s estimated 11.5 million residents live within 36 miles of a waterway that can accommodate a powerboat, including 3.1 million Ohioans who live within 10 miles of either the Ohio River or Lake Erie.
Located adjacent to the marina is the 18-hole championship golf course, which is part of the 1,095-acre Shawnee State Park. The park also features a resort lodge, campground, rental cabins and neighbors the 63,000-acre Shawnee State Forest.
“There is a winter market, a few people that keep their houseboats down there during the winter,” Wisse said. “And there are a few duck hunters. I think they are using bubblers to make sure they get some open water there right at the dock.”
Anyone needing information on the winter lease season and the Shawnee State Park Marina, should contact the Shawnee State Park office at 740-858-6652 or visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
“It was an excellent project,” Wisse said. “We were real happy to be able to do that for the folks down there in the southern Ohio area. I know they’re going to really appreciate it. It looks like a great project.”
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