Buckeye Lake Dam Safety

Emergency officials have put a system in place to warn residents in case of an failure of Buckeye Lake Dam. This includes outdoor warning sirens and emergency notification by phone, news media and social media in the Buckeye Lake Dam area. The warning system is monitored by operators 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

To stay up to date on the happenings at the lake regarding the dam, check out the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) website: http://engineering.ohiodnr.gov/

Who's impacted?

The impact zone includes areas in the Village of Buckeye Lake located immediately adjacent to the Buckeye Lake Dam. This includes the Village, marinas, and other residences and businesses adjacent to the Lake.

How do I know if I'm in the impact zone?

Just because you hear the siren does not mean you are in the impact zone. Find out whether or not you are in the impact zone or the noise zone by clicking here.

What does the siren sound like?

The siren is an alternating high/low tone. You can hear what it sounds like by clicking here.

There will be a test of the siren on the first Thursday of every month at noon!

What should I do?

If you hear the siren and are in the impact zone, evacuate the area immediately!

Being prepared for an emergency is the best way to ensure your family’s protection.

  1. Be sure that all family members are familiar with your community warning system.
  2. Sit down with family members and go over emergency evacuation routes. Prepare both an evacuation route via vehicle and on foot.
  3. Practice the safest routes from your home or business to high, safe ground.
  4. Set up a family meeting place, in the event that members are separated.
  5. Have an out-of-area contact person for family members to call.

Be prepared and know the closest evacuation route from your location. Click here to see the recommended evacuation routes.

If you are not in the impact zone, no action is necessary.


Ohio Department of Natural Resources owns and operates the Buckeye Lake Dam. Buckeye Lake originally was a pond that eighteenth century Ohio Indians called "Big Swamp" or "Big Pond." It remained insignificant to settlers until the 1820s, when Ohioans began construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal. Workers built a dike that diverted water from the South Fork of the Licking River into the pond, which then became known as the Licking Summit Reservoir. This part of the canal project was completed in the early 1830’s. Today Buckeye Lake is classified as a recreational lake.