MILTON TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer for many people. We took a trip around the water at Lake Milton to see how people were getting ready to dive into the long weekend.
Summer on the water. Lake Milton is always a popular spot, and people are anxious to soak up the sun.
“Just do it, just jump in. It’s going to be gorgeous,” said Diane Olenik, a community volunteer around Lake Milton.
We caught up with Olenik outside of Castaway Craig’s Pub & Grill, right across the street from Lake Milton’s Craig Beach. A nice crowd was enjoying food and drinks on the patio.
Olenik gave us a rundown of all the things Lake Milton has to offer.
“Golf courses, we have bike riding clubs, we have ski clubs, we have a beautiful Lake Milton brewery. Just about everything has popped up on this beautiful lake and there’s so much to do,” she said.
A short drive down the road and you’ll be at Halliday’s Winery. There, you have the best seat on the water with live music to listen to every Friday. A nice glass of wine and you’re ready to relax.
Jessica Lerch manages the winery and helped us take in the views.
“There’s always something going on at Halliday’s Winery. We’re happy to be the home of a lot of local events here. If you’re interested in having a party here, just let me know, we’d be happy to have you,” Lerch said.
But if you’re heading out on the water — whether it’s on a boat, jet ski or to take a swim — there’s some important things you need to remember. That’s where ODNR Officer Stephanie Uber comes in. She says a big problem they see is with inflatable devices.
“So if you have any of those giant pool toys, leave them at home. It’s actually illegal to have them out at the beaches,” Uber said.
You must also have enough properly-fitted life jackets for everyone you have with you on your boat and alcohol is prohibited.
“Just keep it at home because it’s not permitted here in Ohio state parks,” Uber said.