A newly reconstructed marina along the Ohio River at Shawnee State Park in Scioto County is open for service and the winter lease season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
“It was a total renovation,” John Wisse, spokesman for ODNR, said. “It was a complete renovation. Parking was already there, but it was improved to make sure it was handicapped accessible. We refurbished the restrooms. And then we put in all new boat slips of different lengths.”
Wisse told the Daily Times the recently completed project features 72 boat slips at lengths of 28, 36 and 50 feet. The slips are constructed of galvanized steel frames and wood decks. The 50-foot and 36-foot boat slips include water and electric service, while the 28-foot boat slips do not include utilities.
Recreational boating is popular along the Ohio River and across the state. Approximately 99 percent of Ohio’s estimated 11.5 million residents live within 36 miles of a waterway that can accommodate a powerboat, including 3.1 million Ohioans who live within 10 miles of either the Ohio River or Lake Erie.