Lake Loramie Improvement Association

A few updates about ODNR and our area.

The Friends for the Preservation of Ohio State Parks and Little Blessings Inc. wrote an article asking for support of the Parks and Watercraft division K9 unit.  If you wish to help, please follow this link: click here.


These two attachments are from Loramie Watershed and Whitetails Unlimited.  please click on the link to see.


Whitetails Unlimited


As always, any suggestions, comments, or concerns can be emailed to


With the new year beginning, LLIA is accepting memberships for the 2018 year.  Please go to to sign up online or to print the membership form.  The form can be mailed to the address located on  Or you may pay online using pay-pal.  After paying online, you will be redirected to a google form for registration.


Our first meeting is February 20 at 7:30 pm.  The meeting is held at the Oak Tree restaurant (12111 St. Rt. 363 Minster Ohio 45865).

Winter’s Update

Lake Update:

Today, we went out to the lake to see how thick the ice was.  It was 6 inches thick (full sun area).

To events held at the lake, Winter hike and Winter Water Rescue, were very successful.  With many enjoying the Lakeview trail and valued training were received during these events.


We are working on a store!  I would like ideas for possible designs for t-shirts, sweat shirts, hats, and others.  I would like to present these ideas for the February meeting, so I would need all submissions by February 18th so that I can get approval to continue looking for quotes and such.  Please email these to

We are always looking for suggestions for our web page.  Please feel free to email us at

We also accept photo for sharing on our Facebook page and other such sites.  Submitted photos to Loramie Eagles and Wildlife at

Photos will be marked with the Loramie Eagles and Wildlife watermark and the photographer’s name.

Lake Loramie Spillway (MBC interview)

Hello everyone!

It has been sometime since I have had a chance to sit down and write an article, but I finally get the chance.  On September 21, 2017, I had the privilege to sit down and talk to Mark Rice of Miller Brothers Construction, inc.  The bases of this meeting was to discuss, what is Miller Bother’s history and what is the current status of the spillway.


The history of the Miller Brothers’ company (as their website states):

“Miller Bros. Const., Inc., is more than a company with a family name. We’re a family-owned business with a commitment to integrity, safety and innovation. We take pride in our workmanship, as well as the legacy we leave behind.

In 1944, brothers Dale and Floyd Miller incorporated their small, northwest-Ohio based excavating firm. As time went on, a strong work ethic and dedicated employees helped MBC expand from a local company to a regional one.

In 1992, Dean and Bob Miller, sons of the founders, rose to leadership roles where they continued to focus on company growth and diversification. Their leadership helped MBC become a major player in the coal mining industry in both Kentucky and West Virginia, while maintaining a strong focus on heavy highway projects and civil site work.

Today, under the third generation of family leadership, MBC is licensed in twelve states and the list is growing.

When it comes down to it, you work with people, and Miller Bros. Const., Inc., has some of the best. From leadership and management to the crew on the ground at every site, we have a highly-trained team that’s committed to doing things right.

With over 400 pieces of operated equipment, MBC has the resources to successfully complete nearly any project. We use the latest technology, and our customers reap the benefits. With GPS, robotic machine control and laser controlled systems, we can meet the tight scheduling demands of fast-track projects. That saves our customers both time and money.

We have a nationally-recognized safety program, bonding capacity in excess of $225 million and excellent financial strength. Most importantly, we have a portfolio full of successful projects. Take a look then contact us to find out how collaborating with Miller Bros. Const., Inc., can help your next project run smoothly and efficiently”.  (

For over 80 years, MBC (Miller Bros. Const. inc) has been involved with construction.  Before this, they were involved with coal mining.  MBC currently have over 100 projects in construction, one of which is our new spillway.  Before Rice started to work on the Lake Loramie Spillway, he helped lead the U.S. 250 corridor improvement in Sandusky, Ohio.  This project took 2 years to complete.


The Lake Loramie Spillway is no simple feat.  To construct this spillway, it takes 3000 Cubic Yards of Concrete, 140 Tons of Rebar and over 1 mile of Water Stop.  There is about 700 man hours a week into this project and by the end there will be a total of ~25,000 man hours.  Mark was also pleased to announce that the job site has been accident free.

To make a section of the spillway, they must place forms that weight 22lb/sqft.  These must be hooked up to a crane, then lifted to place.  They are then bolted together and after a bit of preparation, they start to pour the concrete in-between the forms.

Once the project is done, the new spillway will be 145 feet across but with the wedge design, the water will be able to rest along 1000 feet of concrete.  The spillway is constructed such that the water will flow over at the same rate as the old spillway, but during periods of flooding, it will allow more water to flow over and they will have the ability to open an overflow door to allow even more water to escape when needed or when they need to lower the level of the lake.

So, when will the water start flowing over the new spillway?  Mark told me that they have the goal of Thanksgiving week to have water flowing over the spillway.  At that time, they will begin preparation of the land in that area and cutting of the old spillway.  They are going to cut the old spill way five feet below standard water level.


MBC, Mark Rice, and the crew would like to thank ODNR, Fort Loramie, and Minster for all the support and hospitality that has been shown to them.  Mark also stated that because of all the support and hospitality, this has made it one of the best job sites that he has worked.

Final Schedule for Fall Harvest Festival

Here it is:



Everyone have a great time and a HUGE thank you to all those who are working!  This couldn’t be accomplished without your help :)!