Buckeye Lake

     Buckeye Lake, formerly known as Licking Reser-
voir, is the only body of water of which our county
can boast.  It now contains about thirty-six hundred
acres.  It is partly natural and party artificial.  The
natural part consisted of three or four little lakes of
pure clear water, well stocked with fish.  Situated as
it is along the line of the Terminal Moraine, there is
no doubt that it is the result of the great ice sheet
that came down from Canada long ago.
	When Christopher Gist encamped upon its shores 
in 1751, he named it the Buffalo Lick, or the Great 
Swamp.  The first settlers, about the year 1800, found
wild plums and red thorn-berries growing along its
shores in profusion.  The center of the original lake
was quite deep with a cranberry island floating upon 
its surface.
	In the year 1825, when the Ohio Canal was dug, 
quite a good deal of the surrounding land was flooded


to enlarge the lake that it might become a feeder to
the canal.  At Millersport is what is known as the 
"deep cut."  It is about three miles long.
	Buckeye Lake is one of the prettiest little sheets
of water in the State.  Its banks are shaded with trees
that bend over it, and its placid surface, glinting in
the sunlight, is a pleasing contrast to the "rock-ribbed"
hills.  Here the Isaac Waltons and the Nimrods dis-
port themselves and the man can leave the harass-
ments of business and hie himself to this little "Touch
of Nature," and lull himself into sweet forgetfulness.


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