Buckeye Lake (Ohio)

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Buckeye Lake
Buckeye Lake Ohio.jpg
Location Fairfield, Licking, and Perry Counties, Ohio, USA
Coordinates 39°55′17″N 82°30′52″W / 39.92139°N 82.51444°W / 39.92139; -82.51444Coordinates: 39°55′17″N 82°30′52″W / 39.92139°N 82.51444°W / 39.92139; -82.51444
Type Reservoir
Basin countries United States
Surface area 3,173 acres (12.84 km2)
Surface elevation 892 ft
Islands Round Island
Settlements Millersport, Buckeye Lake

Buckeye Lake is a reservoir in Fairfield, Licking, and Perry Counties in the U.S. state of Ohio.[1]


As early as the 1750's, the area that would become Buckeye Lake was described as a great swamp known as "Buffalo Lick". The main Indian Trails between the Ohio River and the Miami towns passed by this swamp.[2] Construction of a dike to block the South Fork of the Licking River occurred between 1826 and 1830, to provide a source of water for the Ohio and Erie Canal.[3]

In March 2015, the Huntington District of the Army Corps of Engineers released a structural inspection report which identified numerous weaknesses in the lake's dam and warned that the lake was in imminent danger of a dam failure. Corps officials proposed a range of possible solutions, including completely replacing the dam or entirely draining the lake.[4]


  1. ^ DeLorme. Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. 7th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2004, p. 69. ISBN 0-89933-281-1.
  2. ^ Darlington, William (1870). An Account of the Remarkable Occurances in the life and travels of Col. James Smith, during his captivity with the indians, in the years 1755, '56, '57, '58 & 59 (PDF). Cincinnati: Robert Clarket & Co. p. 168. 
  3. ^ Brockway, Chance (2005). Images of America Buckeye Lake. Arcadia Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 0-7385-4005-6. 
  4. ^ Lyttle, Eric (March 12, 2015). "Report: Buckeye Lake dam in danger of failure". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 

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