2H4
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Help Me I.D. This Strange Runway/Area In Ohio

Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:14 pm

About 25 miles east of Cincinnati, OH is a park called East Fork Lake State Park.

In the park is a clearcut field in the shape of a rectangle that seems very out of place:



Toward the NE end of the field, there is an old paved access road that spans the field from east to west. The access road isn't strange in and of itself, but at either end, there are concrete pads that extend uphill for no particular reason.

East end:


West end:
http://i53.tinypic.com/2wmdg9e.jpg


Notice that the west end also has that strange runway/taxiway-like area. It looks like it has taxiway markings and hold-short lines.

Here's a link to a Bing map of the area.

Does anyone have any idea why this rectangular field was originally cleared? Or what that access road with the seemingly useless uphill pads is for? Or what the (apparently newer) runway/taxiway area is for?

Thanks in advance for any info.
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RE: Help Me I.D. This Strange Runway/Area In Ohio

Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:26 pm

When you zoom out, it also looks like this area was once under water. Could be the concrete angled thingy is just an abandoned boat ramp. There is new earthwork southeast of this area.

Outside of that it looks like a well done up remote control aircraft airfield.
 
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RE: Help Me I.D. This Strange Runway/Area In Ohio

Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:31 pm

That could be an emergency spillway.
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RE: Help Me I.D. This Strange Runway/Area In Ohio

Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:35 pm

Quoting 2H4 (Thread starter):
Or what the (apparently newer) runway/taxiway area is for?

When I see something like that, it's generally for RC aircraft.

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RE: Help Me I.D. This Strange Runway/Area In Ohio

Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:39 pm

Quoting aloges (Reply 2):
That could be an emergency spillway.

I meant the large clearing, should have added that in the first place. The lake is named after William H. Harsha and a.k.a. East Fork Lake, which is the name appearing on Bing.
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RE: Help Me I.D. This Strange Runway/Area In Ohio

Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:17 pm

Quoting aloges (Reply 4):
Quoting aloges (Reply 2):
That could be an emergency spillway.

I meant the large clearing, should have added that in the first place. The lake is named after William H. Harsha and a.k.a. East Fork Lake, which is the name appearing on Bing.

That or it could be diversion channel used while the dam was built...
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RE: Help Me I.D. This Strange Runway/Area In Ohio

Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:52 pm

Quoting Mir (Reply 3):
When I see something like that, it's generally for RC aircraft.

My thought exactly
 
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RE: Help Me I.D. This Strange Runway/Area In Ohio

Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:00 pm

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 5):
That or it could be diversion channel used while the dam was built...

Definitely part of the Corps of Engineers operations area...

http://www.lrl.usace.army.mil/whl/article.asp?id=197&MyCategory=251
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RE: Help Me I.D. This Strange Runway/Area In Ohio

Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:08 pm

The large clearing is an emergency spillway. You'll notice near the top of the image that it channels the water towards the waterway that comes from the damn just to the east.

"An emergency spillway was cut through a ridge on the west side of the dam, "
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/Fish...ishingMap/tabid/19512/Default.aspx

Also...labeled as emergency spillway on this map:

http://www.gofishohio.com/lakemaps/lakeEastFork.jpg

Not sure about the concrete "pads" that go up on either side. My guess is that whole east-west concrete strip and those "pads" have to do with preventing erosion.
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RE: Help Me I.D. This Strange Runway/Area In Ohio

Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:11 pm

Quoting Mir (Reply 3):
When I see something like that, it's generally for RC aircraft.

It is indeed an R/C field. They are always marked with Xs so real planes don't try to land there.
 
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RE: Help Me I.D. This Strange Runway/Area In Ohio

Sun Sep 05, 2010 2:00 pm

Great stuff. Thanks for the help, everyone. Very much appreciated.   
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