100 Days of Summer: Day 27- Lake Erie Islands

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They’re Called the “Bass” Islands for a reason. And since it’s the middle of the week and I gots to get to work and don’t want to fall farther behind, here’s the ODNR Press release on the dedication of a new Marina on Middle Bass Island:

MIDDLE BASS ISLAND, OH – Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Sean Logan joined local and state officials today to dedicate recent renovations to Middle Bass Island State Park marina and other facilities. The ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by a special recognition of former ODNR Director Sam Speck, who led the department from 1998 – 2006.

“While we come here today to recognize those whose vision and hard work made this day possible, we need to bear in mind the real reason we build marinas, open parkland and advance the cause of wildlife,” said ODNR Director Sean Logan. “We will fight to conserve those things we know best. Love and respect for nature comes most naturally to those who have the most access to nature. This marina represents yet another doorway Ohioans now have to their natural world. It is really an investment in conservation, and will serve to maintain Ohio’s lasting quality of life.”

Renovations at Middle Bass Island began in January of 2001. Since then, several significant improvement and expansion projects have been completed over the past decade. An initial 50 new temporary docks were immediately installed for boaters, with many modified for permanent use. Public input was sought for development of the facility’s master plan, a conceptual document that provides the vision and flexibility for continuous improvement as resources allow.

In 2006, a 20-site primitive campground was constructed, and in 2008, the large-scale marina entrance and basin improvements project—including reshaping of the marina basin, new entrance channel and revetments, floating dock anchorage piling and other improvements—was complete. The marina floating docks project was completed in 2009, which included installing shore-side utility connections and floating docks, for a total of 264 docks.

A 100,000 gallon elevated water storage tank has been installed with water and sewer lines connecting to Lake Erie Utilities. Construction work slated for this summer includes staff housing along with a permanent shower and restroom building. Ongoing design projects include plans for the marina office and harbormaster building.

Design services for the project were performed by BBC&M Engineering, Inc. of Dublin; CTI Engineers, Inc. of Akron; Feinknopf, Macioce Schappa Architects of Columbus; Fred Hunt of Columbus; MSI Design of Columbus; Poulos & Associates of Sandusky; and Woolpert Consultants of Cincinnati. Construction work and logistical support was performed by Bayes Inc. of Perrysburg; Gateway Tank of Avon; Huffman Equipment Rental of Eastlake; Kwest Group of Port Clinton; Perram Electric of Wadsworth; S.A. Comunale Co., Inc. of Fremont; and Speer Bros. Inc. of Sandusky.

Other guest speakers for the ceremony included State Representative Dennis Murray, Ohio State Parks Acting Chief John Hunter, ODNR Division of Watercraft Chief Pam Dillon and Jim Hodgson, chief of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sports Fish Restoration.

Refreshments for today’s ceremony were sponsored by Miller Boat Line and Paramount Distillers. For more information on Middle Bass Island State Park, please visit ohiostateparks.org.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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