Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The Miller Ferry has provided safe and reliable service to the Lake Erie Islands for more than 100 years. For what may be the first time ever, one of the ferry boats had to tow off another ferry boat from a submerged reef to the southeast of Put-in-Bay. The ferry boat was fully loaded with construction materials for Middle Bass and the lake was at low levels because of strong winds from the west. The captain of the towing ferry expertly towed the other ferry back to the dock at Put-in-Bay without any further problems. The cargo was then transferred to another ferry to make it to Middle Bass.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
This week much of the piling work that will support the floating docks was installed at the marina. When filled, it looks like the cement truck in the photo would be under water. This will be one of the deepest marinas in the region.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The cement was poured for the new boat launching ramp at the State of Ohio marina that will be handle to handle two boats at once. The entrance to marina is also being dug out now and may be up to 14 ft. deep. This new entrance will be to the north of the original Lonz marina entrance and right next to the St. Hazards condo building. Most of the basin has been excavated and water will be brought in during the next few weeks.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The cement work to put in the 30 ft. wide boat launching ramp is well underway and will be finished this month. This ramp will be wide enough to launch two boats at a time and is designed to be usable at all lake levels. It's anticipated that there will be no charge to use the ramp.
The depth of the marina can be appreciated when you see how much below ground level the equipment is.
Sidewalks that seem to go on for a half mile or more are also now being installed to the docks and Lake Erie break wall. The pilings for the floating docks will also be in place this month.
Most of the excavation work for the marina is complete and it is anticipated that the basin will be filled within three weeks. The floating docks will not be installed until next year.
The State of Ohio has still not released a construction schedule or completion date. Dock rates have also not been released. We are not sure of the official name or phone number for reservations.
Our guess is that the marina will open next spring without the electric and water utilities installed.