Queen of the Lake III Restoration
In 1998 the Buckeye Lake Museum was founded. As with many non-profits, keeping the bills paid was always a constant battle. In 2006 however, the museum received a generous donation of a 46-foot pontoon boat the “Queen of The Lake II" which became the main source of revenue for the museum.
The Queen II had ferried more than 50,000 people around the lake until 2014.
Unfortunately in 2015, due to a dam repair project which lowered the water level in the lake to only a few feet, the Queen II had to be dry docked.
In October of 2015, the museum received a generous donation of an 88 foot true sternwheeler. With a substantial loan and lots of volunteer help the museum moved the sternwheeler from Zanesville to Buckeye Lake. Since it drafts only about 20” it will be the perfect boat for a shallow lake.
The museum is attempting to raise $60,000 to convert the sternwheeler to a dinner boat, recondition the interiors, refurbish the hull, and re-launch it as the “Queen of the Lake III” in Buckeye Lake.
As the director of the Buckeye Lake Museum I will be working directly on the conversion, and refurbishing of the Queen of the Lake III. With your help and the help of our museum volunteers we hope to put a museum boat back on the lake to continue ferrying visitors around the lake.
It has been some time since I have given an up date on your sternwheeler. Your donations are continuing to push us toward our goal. We had hoped for a launch this Fall but that is not to be. This project is much bigger than I ever dreamed, and I dream BIG !! We have a core group of volunteers working every Tuesday and some Saturdays. There is still much to be done, but we are half the way there. We have had some electrical issues that are setting us back. Mostly it is the cost of the electric and liability issues. However, never fear..... We are planning for a late Spring Launch so I know we will get this all resolved and continue with the restoration.
Should you like to volunteer let me know. We have many areas in which to be involved.
This is late notice but the Museum is having it's Annual Dinner Wednesday October 17 @ the VFW on North Bank Road. We will be updating the members on the restoration. I invite you to attend if you can. The cost is $18 per person, Please call the Museum if you are attending.
Don't give up on us we are working hard. You know my saying "Always forward, never straight"
Thanks again for your loyalty and support.
Buckeye Lake Museum
PO Box 1
Buckeye Lake Ohio 43008
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Remember we are a non-profit and your donation is tax deductible.