Department of Natural Resources - Division of Wildlife Areas - Use of outboard motors and power boats on wildlife areas.


Published: 2018-09-03

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(A) No person shall operate (start/run) or permit the operation of a powercraft, other than a powercraft propelled by an electric motor, on the following water areas under the management authority of 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
Deer creek lakeStark county
Deer creek wildlife areaPickaway, Madison and Fayette counties
Delaware wildlife areaDelaware, Morrow and Marion countries
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) On the following water areas, the presence of any portable or external liquid fuel container or any outboard motor, other than an electric motor, is prohibited. No person shall operate (start/run) or permit the operation of any watercraft propelled by an inboard or outboard motor other than an electric motor:

East Branch reservoirGeauga county
LaDue reservoirGeauga county
Mogadore reservoirPortage county

(C) No person shall operate (start/run) or permit to be operated a powercraft propelled by a motor, or combination of motors, with a horsepower rating in excess of ten horsepower on the waters of the following areas:

Clark lake Clark county
Clouse lake Perry county
Fox lakeAthens county
Grant lakeBrown county
Greenfield lake wildlife areaFairfield county
Highlandtown lake wildlife areaColumbiana county
Kokosing lakeKnox county
Jockey Hollow wildlife areaHarrison county
Monroe lake Monroe county
Rockmill wildlife areaFairfield county
Rush creek reservoirFairfield and Perry counties
Rush Run lakePreble county
Veto lakeWashington county
Zepernick lake wildlife areaColumbiana county

(D) No person shall operate (start/run) or permit to be operated a powercraft propelled by a motor, or combination of motors, exceeding a horsepower rating of ten horsepower, unless any such powercraft equipped with motors in excess of ten horsepower are operated at idle speed or at a speed that does not create a wake on the following water areas:

Jackson lakeJackson county
Knox lake Knox county
Rupert lakeVinton county

(E) No person shall operate (start/run) or permit to be operated any powercraft on the waters of the following areas, unless the powercraft is operated at idle speed and does not create a wake:

Aldrich pond wildlife areaSandusky county
Aquilla lake wildlife areaGeauga county
Fallsville wildlife areaHighland county
Fulton ponds wildlife areaFulton county
Killdeer Plains wildlife areaWyandot county
La Su An wildlife areaWilliams county
New Lyme lake Ashtabula county
Oxbow lake wildlife areaDefiance county
Resthaven wildlife area Erie county
Ross lake wildlife areaRoss county
St. Joseph river wildlife areaWilliams county
Shreve lake Wayne county
Spencer lake Medina county
Tycoon lake wildlife areaGallia county
Wayne R. Carr lakePaulding county
Wingfoot lakePortage county

(F) 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 under the management authority of the division of wildlife.

(G) 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.

(H) 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), (F), and (G) of this rule.

(I) No person shall operate (start/run), use, or permit to be operated or used, any watercraft on Barnesville reservoir no. 1.