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The following reports have been collected from Lorraine Winters, WSM to alert anglers and boaters as to the type of situations that the Rangers have been encountering.  This is shared in an effort to minimize problems and educate all as to what is occurring at Hoover.

6/13/18 - Interesting events from the past weekend included the recovery of an adrift kayak, currently in lost-and-found, and a boat rescue as Rangers assisted a stranded family with motor troubles.  ODNR Division of Wildlife will be on the water Tuesday and Thursday of this week sampling for blue cats in various areas of the reservoir.  The Oxbow Boat Ramp is undergoing final preparations for the "official" opening so look for an announcement from ODNR very soon.

6/6/18 - Summer is in full swing at Hoover and while boat traffic has been light, park areas and shelter houses are seeing heavy usage.  The Oxbow Ramp is nearly complete with final details added this week.  Rangers addressed curfew and parking issues and assisted in responding to a dog abandoned in the Hoover Marina area.  

5/30/18 - Memorial Day weekend brought a sweltering start to summer with visitation high at all ends of the reservoir.  Throughout the weekend rangers addressed swimming, parking and curfew violations, fishing off of courtesy docks, alcohol and excessive horsepower.  Additional boating violations  included bow riding, swimming from a paddle board, anchoring under a bridge, missing navigational lights and two inflatable vessels without registration or PFDs.  Genoa Township Police and rangers cleared a large group of shoreline anglers from the Oxbow Boat Ramp causeway, which remains a restricted area due to construction.  As of today, asphalt has been installed, awaiting striping, with final grading and seeding in the very near future.  Watershed appreciates the assistance and presence of Genoa and Blendon Township Police and ODNR, which helped all to have a safe and fun holiday weekend.

5/23/18 - The reservoir park areas were very busy this week, in between rain showers that is.  Progress on the new Oxbow Boat Ramp has been going well, with the ramp installed and looking good.  Oxbow is still closed as the contractor finishes remaining tasks, with an expected opening of the area in early June.  Watershed received a report of a boat battery theft at the Redbank Marina.  The boat owner was not sure of the exact date of the theft but believes it occurred between May 5th and 15th.

5/16/18 - This upcoming weekend, Watershed Rangers will be helping boaters observe National Safe Boating Week by offering free, courtesy boat safety inspections from 8am to 12pm on Saturday at the Walnut Boat Ramp.  Having the proper safety equipment aboard your vessel can make a difference during an emergency, and it's the law.  Boaters who are unable to make the Saturday event are invited to call the Watershed Management office at 614-645-1721 to make arrangements for an inspection at a more convenient time.

5/2/2018 - This week we have two notable items to share.  First, ODNR has placed some nets around Hoover in order to sample crappie.  The nets are marked by orange floats and will be in place through Thursday.  Secondly, Watershed has recovered an adrift paddle boat and would like to return it to its owner.  Please contact the Watershed office if your paddle boat is not where you last moored it.

4/18/2018 - While we await the opening of the renovated Oxbow Boat Ramp, please remember it is still an active construction site and there is no public access, even for shoreline fishing. The area will remain closed to the public until the new ramp construction is complete.  This includes nights and weekends even when there isn’t active construction.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  We hope to have the site open by late spring.  Stay tuned to the HFR for regular updates on progress.