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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.

7/6/22 - The holiday weekend provided many opportunities for rangers to interact with reservoir boaters.  From boats missing required safety equipment, to high horsepower engines and wakes, the waters were very active.  Columbus Police Marine Park Officers were also keeping the waterways safe through participation in the nationally-observed "Operation Dry Water", which focuses on the dangers of boating under the influence.  Several boats were found with open-container and associated violations.  As mentioned previously, alcohol is prohibited on the reservoirs and surrounding city property. Paving work near the Hoover Marina seemed to go smoothly and we look forward to sharing information about the final completion of phase 1 of the Hoover Dam maintenance project.

6/22/22 - Watershed Rangers are starting to see a little more activity on the water in the form of boater assistance.  Several tows were provided to boaters with dead batteries, and capsized vessels including a sailboat and overturned canoe.  The storms of last week took down a few trees, including one that blocked a roadway at Oxbow, but it seems we were spared compared to some nearby areas.  The photoelectric lights at Oxbow ramp have been problematic in the last week with troubleshooting still taking place.  Last week Rangers and the Franklin County Sheriff’s responded to a report of a drunken boater driving through fishing lines.  While the boater was not located, it serves as a good reminder that alcohol is not permitted on the city reservoirs or parkland.  In other news, a visitor reported youth targeting birds with a slingshot, and a moving truck became stuck in a raingarden south of the Walnut Boat Ramp.  Pavement work will be occurring around the Hoover Dam western lots in the next two weeks.  While parking spaces will be available, please watch for equipment and signage if entering this area to access the marina.

6/8/22 - Watershed rangers have found quite a few parking violations in the last few weeks with vehicles parking at ramps, on causeways, and otherwise blocking access.  One boater at Walnut learned the hard way to double check the boat plug before launching.  Many thanks to the ODNR creel clerk for assistance in rescuing the boater’s various belongings as they floated away from the partially sunken vessel.  Watershed Maintenance has been busy mowing between rain storms and installing additional signage at Redbank Boat Launch to help direct traffic and identify boat prep spaces.  Though temperatures have been mild, Watershed staff reminded one family that swimming is not permitted in the reservoir after spotting two young children snorkeling in a cove. 

5/25/22 - It is hard to believe we are just days from Memorial Day weekend.  With beautiful weather in the forecast we expect a busy reservoir both on and off the water.  One event taking place this weekend that may bring extra visitors to the reservoir is the annual Brent Hambrick Memorial Disc Golf tournament.  The event is smaller this year, however parking near the dam may be congested.  While visiting Hoover, please be sure to park in a designated parking spot as the rangers have been addressing many vehicle parked blocking ramps, on the Oxbow causeway, or in the grass.  This week, May 21-27, is National Safe Boating Week.  It's a good time to check life jackets for condition and make sure your vessels are up to speed with all required safety equipment. Boaters interested in learning more, or requesting a free boat safety inspection may contact the Watershed Rangers at 614-648-6019.

5/18/22 - Hoover Reservoir is gearing up for a busy summer season and Watershed Management is happy to again provide updates on reservoir news and happenings to the HFR readers.  One project we are happy to announce is the completion of the Red Bank Boat Launch pavement reconditioning.  Boaters and docks slips holders will find a newly paved and striped lot along with new signage to help direct vehicles launching boats.  Around the reservoir, rangers have been observing an uptick in shoreline fishing, and with the hot weather last Saturday, even a few swimmers.  They are also addressing parking violations including vehicles parked on the causeway at Oxbow and vehicles parking in the grass.  ODNR fisheries has been on the water weekly, conducting Blue Cat studies, usually using two boats.