Water levels of Mill Creek lake continue to fluctuate

The water levels of Lake Cohasset continue to fluctuate due to an excess in vegetation debris

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The hike around Lake Cohasset, from Lanterman’s Mill to Pioneer Pavilion and back, is a nice one.

Mill Creek’s Director of Planning and Natural Resources, Steve Avery, says that Lake Cohasset drains a large area. A rainy day can fill it back up.

About half a mile north, water can be seen draining from the lake, just like a bathtub.

The 2 foot by 2 foot drain at the bottom of the dam has been open since February because a 100-foot section of West Cohasset Drive needed replaced. The new rock wall held together by wire mesh is finished.

“Now we’re doing the second project, which is clean up fallen trees and shrubs and other vegetation that’s collected,” Avery said.

The trees he’s referring to are lying along the shoreline and resting among the silt-filled islands.

Avery couldn’t say when the drain will be plugged and the lake will be filled permanently.

“Our goal is to a significant amount. We’ve never said we’re going to do it all. We never said we’re going to do half. We want to accomplish some at the lower, southern end of the lake.”

Until those running Mill Creek Park decide how much debris they want cleaned, the level of Lake Cohasset will continue to go up and down.

This isn’t the first time one of Mill Creek Park’s lakes has been drained. In 1993, Lake Newport was drained to fix the dam and build a boardwalk in the new wetlands. What was once Lake Newport was also reduced to just Mill Creek.

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