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ODNR investing over $400,000 in East Harbor State Park marina

News Herald (Port Clinton) logo News Herald (Port Clinton) 1/29/2020 Jon Stinchcomb, Port Clinton News Herald
a sign on a beach: Though East Harbor State Park has been facing significant beach erosion, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources investing $408,000 in the park's marina fuel system. © Jon Stinchcomb/News Herald Though East Harbor State Park has been facing significant beach erosion, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources investing $408,000 in the park's marina fuel system.

DANBURY TOWNSHIP - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is set to make a major investment in one of the state’s most popular parks along the coast of Lake Erie. 

This week, ODNR announced that it will be investing $408,000 in the East Harbor State Park marina fuel system after receiving approval from Ohio’s Controlling Board, which oversees adjustments to the state budget. 

“Investing in infrastructure around the state continues to be one of our top priorities,” said Mary Mertz, director of ODNR. “These improvements help Ohio State Parks maintain sound safety standards for our guests and the environment.”

According to ODNR, the project will replace an existing underground fuel storage tank with a new above-ground storage tank, along with adding new electrical equipment, dispenser, and fuel line. 

a body of water: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced this week that it will be investing $408,000 in the East Harbor State Park marina fuel system. © Jon Stinchcomb/News Herald The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced this week that it will be investing $408,000 in the East Harbor State Park marina fuel system.

The upgrade will save costs on maintenance, according to ODNR, as the new storage tanks will be modern and code compliant.

East Harbor State Park comprises 1,831-acres on the coast of Lake Erie between Catawba Island and the Marblehead peninsula. The park offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, such as boating, fishing, picnicking, camping, disc golf and swimming. 

It is the most popular state park according to occupancy rate, with 46,621 annual camp nights recorded.

In 2016, Lake Erie Shores and Islands named East Harbor State Park as one of the top beaches in the region. 

a person that is standing in the snow: When a deep freeze hits the area, ice fishing becomes a popular activity at East Harbor State Park. © File photo When a deep freeze hits the area, ice fishing becomes a popular activity at East Harbor State Park.

In addition to the beach, the park also has plenty of scenic natural Lake Erie wetlands full of native waterfowl, shorebirds and other wildlife. And when the lake undergoes a deep enough freeze, it is also a popular spot for ice fishing. 

The park has faced some harsh conditions more recently. In 2019, Lake Erie’s record high water levels caused significant erosion along the park’s shoreline, including the popular beach. 

The damage from the erosion led to a $300,000 erosion mitigation project at the park by ODNR to put in rip rap material along its shore and beach area.

More: Ottawa County parks hit by Lake Erie's high water levels

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This article originally appeared on Port Clinton News Herald: ODNR investing over $400,000 in East Harbor State Park marina

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