The Portage Lakes

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Home Inspector with H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties)

Pontoon boat decorated as Viking ship Every year, at Portge Lakes, they put on a boat parade for the 4th of July celebration. Above is one of the entries from this year, decorated like a viking ship.

Portage Lakes is a series of small lakes, connected by channels and man made canals. There are 9 connected lakes, and 4 others that feed in or out of the system to the Ohio Canal, and Muskingum river. The 9 lakes have 21 miles of shoreline, and were built as a feeder system to the Ohio canal to help maintain the 4ft depth of the canal for transport of goods South to the Ohio river.

Deitz's Landing/Club Marxx on Portage Lakes

Originally, the lakes fed the canal, and served as drainage and flood control for the area.View from Turkeyfoot Lake at Portage Lakes

The shoreline became populated with mostly small summer cottages, a few hotels, canoe liveries, and several small restaurants. The cottages were built with mainly summer occupancy in mind, and there was no building code. Gradually, the old summer cottages gave way to larger, and more permanent housing.

One of the newer houses now on Portage Lakes

 Some cottages were demolished, and some were merely "built around", or added on to, leaving the original core structures intact. This was done, mainly to comply with the new laws for septic systems. If part of the old structure and foundation remained, then the existing septic system could still be used. If it was completely torn down, then the septic would have to meet new requirements, and many times there was not enough land available to comply.

View of the Harbor Inn on Portage Lakes

Today, the transformation of Portage Lakes from summer cottages to beautiful permanent residences is nearly complete, with only a very few of the old, unimproved residences remaining. The ones that were built around or added onto present some unique challenges to home inspectors, and realtors. Sometimes, very old plumbing and electrical systems have been built over, disguised, or hidden by the new construction or improvements, so great care must be taken when inspecting these. Although most of the time improvements were done properly, there are still some out there that weren't. As properties changed hands, many of these "improvements" have no record of how or when they were done.

 

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Kevin Corsa
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Anyone have any other interesting stories about Portage Lakes? I just found out that the forming of Portage Lakes was also instrumental in founding Summit County here in oHIo.

 

Jul 09, 2008 04:54 AM #1
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I have added  some nice pictures, hope you enjoy them.

Jul 10, 2008 04:12 AM #2
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David Holden
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Great pics, I visit the area often.  I love the Habor Inn, jusy can't afford it to often.  You live on the water?

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Thanks David. No, I live a stones thow away from the water... actually, two or three stones. LOL

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