Department of Natural Resources - Watercraft - Use of outboard motors and power boats on wildlife areas.


Published: 2018-07-07

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Under authority of section 1531.06 of the Revised Code and after compliance with Chapter 1547. of the Revised Code, the chief of the division of wildlife orders that:

(A) No person shall operate (start/run) or permit to be operated a motor, other than an electric motor, to propel a vessel on water areas on the following state-owned or on controlled areas, or on water areas managed under agreement by the division of wildlife.

Barnesville reservoir #2Belmont county
Barnesville reservoir #3Belmont county
Barnesville reservoir #4Belmont county
Belmont lakeBelmont county
Big island wildlife areaMarion county
Circleville canalPickaway county
Cooper hollow wildlife areaJackson county
Darke wildlife areaDarke county
Delaware wildlife areaDelaware, Morrow, and Marion counties
Deer creek lakeStark county
Deer creek wildlife areaPickaway, Madison and Fayette counties
Grand river wildlife areaTrumbull county
Hammertown lake wildlife area (Jackson city reservoir)Jackson county
Hebron canalLicking and Fairfield counties
Indian creek wildlife areaBrown county
Ismond pondColumbiana county
Lake VesuviusLawrence county
Miller Blue holeSandusky county
New Lexington City reservoirPerry county
Oberlin reservoirLorain county
Oldaker pond wildlife areaHighland county
Orwell pond wildlife areaAshtabula county
Ottoville quarry wildlife areaPutnam county
Pleasant valley wildlife areaRoss county
Ruff pond wildlife areaColumbiana county
Spring valley wildlife areaWarren county
Timbre Ridge lakeLawrence county
Tranquility wildlife areaAdams county
Wallace H. O'Dowd wildlife areaAthens county
Walhonding canalCoshocton county
Waterloo wildlife areaAthens county
Wellington reservoirLorain county
Wolf creek wildlife areaMorgan county
Woodbury wildlife areaCoshocton county

(B) No person shall operate (start/run) or permit to be operated a motor, or combination of motors, exceeding a horsepower rating in excess of ten horsepower on the waters of Greenfield lake wildlife area in Fairfield county, Jackson lake in Jackson county, Kokosing lake in Knox county, Rush creek reservoir in Fairfield and Perry counties, Veto lake in Washington county, , Rockmill lake wildlife area in Fairfield county, Clouse lake in Perry county, Fox lake in Athens county, Monroe lake in Monroe county, Clark lake in Clark county, Grant lake in Brown county, Rush Run lake in Preble county, Jockey Hollow wildlife area ponds in Harrison county, Zepernick lake wildlife area in Columbiana county, and Highlandtown lake wildlife area in Columbiana county.

(C) No person shall operate (start/run) or permit to be operated a motor, or combination of motors, exceeding a horsepower rating of ten horsepower on Knox lake in Knox county, and Rupert lake in Vinton county unless motors in excess of ten horsepower are operated at idle speed and do not create a wake.

(D) No person shall operate (start/run), or permit to be operated any powercraft on any water area on Aldrich pond wildlife area in Sandusky county, Aquilla lake wildlife area in Geauga county, La Su An wildlife area Williams county, Fallsville wildlife area in Highland county, Fulton ponds wildlife area in Fulton county, Killdeer Plains wildlife area in Wyandot county, New Lyme lake in Ashtabula county, Oxbow lake wildlife area in Defiance county, Resthaven wildlife area in Erie county, Ross lake wildlife area in Ross county, St. Joseph river wildlife area in Williams county, Shreve lake in Wayne county, Spencer lake in Medina county, Tycoon lake wildlife area in Gallia county, Wayne R. Carr lake in Paulding county, and Wingfoot lake in Portage county, unless the powercraft is operated at idle speed and does not create a wake.

(E) No person shall operate (start/run) or permit to be operated an electric motor exceeding four horsepower to propel a vessel on or within any water area owned or controlled by the division of wildlife.

(F) No person shall operate (start/run) or permit to be operated a motor, or combination of motors, exceeding a horsepower rating in excess of ten horsepower on any body of water on the American electric power recreation area.

(G) Nothing in this rule shall prohibit vessels with higher horsepower motors from being present on these waters provided they comply with paragraphs (A), (B), (C), (D) (E) and (F) of this rule.

(H) No person shall operate (start/run), use, or permit to be operated or used, a boat on Barnesville reservoir no. 1.

(I) It shall be unlawful to operate watercraft on or within any water area owned or controlled by the division of wildlife in a manner that is not in conformity with posted regulations.

(J) All definitions set forth in rule 1501:31-1-02 of the Administrative Code shall apply to this rule.