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My last visit to Mosquito Lake was back in July.
By then the summers drought had taken a heavy toll on the lake and surrounding park lands.
The lack of rain and the mandatory outlet of water to benefit the Ohio River and keep the barge traffic moving had left Mosquito Lake to dangerous for boating.
As far as I know the summer of 2012 was the first time in the parks history that the state removed their public boat docks due to the unsafe condition of the lake.
It's been a difficult year for this usually busy,well kept beautiful state park.
Last Sunday there was a tragedy on the lake when a duck hunter from neighboring Pa.fell out of the boat he was riding in and drowned.
The accident happened just before sunrise and while not yet confirmed it was thought that the boat may have struck an unseen sandbar knocking the man off balance and out of the boat.
The water level is still dangerously low even after these past months which brought substantial amounts of rainfall.
Sandbars are still visable far out in the lake and there is plenty of never before seen dry shoreline all around the lake.
We need at the very least a normal Northeast Ohio winter with plenty of rain,heavy snowfall and the usual meltoff for Mosquito Lake to begin its recovery.
This really is a beautiful little gem of a park.
It's not that big as state parks go but thousands of people enjoy the lake,the hiking trails and the peaceful tranquility of it's natural surroundings.
Not to mention it's an awesome place to shoot photographs !!!
Also by John Tanner
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