Chapter 1501:31-5 Watercraft

1501:31-5-01 Anchoring, docking, mooring, beaching watercraft; wildlife areas.

(A) Under the 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:

(B) It shall be unlawful for any person to use a watercraft mooring or tie-up stake on any property administered or controlled by the division of wildlife without first having complied with the requirements of rule 1501:31-9-06 of the Administrative Code("User fee schedule").

(C) It shall be unlawful for any person to anchor, dock, moor, beach, or tie up any watercraft or leave any watercraft unattended for a period in excess of eight consecutive hours on the Resthaven wildlife area, Margaretta township, Erie county, Ohio.

(D) Watercraft, except watercraft occupied continuously by persons fishing or hunting rails, gallinules, or waterfowl shall not be anchored, docked, moored, beached, tied up or left unattended by any person on any land or water area of the division of wildlife for a period of time in excess of four hours unless such watercraft is anchored, docked, moored, beached, or tied up at a division-designated public docking area.

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to anchor, dock, moor, beach, tie up or leave unattended for a period in excess of forty-eight hours, more than one watercraft on any lake administered or controlled by the wildlife division except as herein provided.

(2) It shall be unlawful for any person to dock, moor, tie up, leave unattended, or control more than one watercraft at a wildlife division public docking area.

(3) The provisions of this rule and provisions in rule 1501:31-5-02 of the Administrative Code shall not apply to concessionaires properly licensed by the department of natural resources, to rent watercraft to the public, or watercraft owned by any division within the department of natural resources, or watercraft owned by any agency of the federal government or any political subdivision.

(4) It shall be unlawful for any person to anchor, dock, moor, beach, or tie up any watercraft at a division-designated public docking area from December first to March first of the following year excepting therefrom, waterfowl hunters having a tie-up permit may use such areas during the waterfowl season.

(5) It shall be unlawful for any person to anchor, dock, moor, beach, or tie up any watercraft to any designated division public docking area when such watercraft is not properly licensed or marked as required in Chapter 1547. of the Revised Code.

(E) Public boat docking areas are designated by signs and may be extended by the chief of the division at any time. Such areas are hereby established on the following water areas:

Oxbow lake, Defiance county; Zepernick lake, Columbiana county; Aquilla lake, Geauga county; Knox lake, Knox county; Veto lake, Washington county; Monroe lake, Monroe county; Zoar lake, Tuscarawas county; Clouse lake, Perry county; Grant lake, Brown county; Spring valley lake, Warren county; Clark lake, Clark county; Tycoon lake, Gallia county; Shreve lake, Wayne county; Ross lake, Ross county; Fox lake, Athens county; Highlandtown lake, Columbiana county; Rush Run lake, Preble county; Jackson lake, Jackson county; Spencer lake, Medina county.

(F) It shall be unlawful for any person to dock, moor, or tie up any watercraft at the division of wildlife dock at the state fish hatchery on South Bass island, Put-In-Bay township, Ottawa county, Ohio unless such person has official business at the state fish hatchery.

(G) It shall be unlawful for any person to anchor, beach, tie up or leave any watercraft unattended in the Metzger marsh boat launching channel, for a period in excess of four consecutive hours.

(H) For the benefit of rules in the Administrative Code, "watercraft" shall mean any contrivance used for navigation on water which is capable of carrying a passenger.

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

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/22/2011 and 06/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1531.06
Rule Amplifies: 1531.06
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/76, 1/2/81, 6/1/85, 7/31/90

1501:31-5-02 [Effective until 1/1/2014]Use of outboard motors and power boats on wildlife areas.

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 and except as provided in paragraphs (B) and (C) of this rule, on water areas on the following state-owned or on controlled areas, or on water areas managed under agreement by the wildlife division.

Aquilla lake wildlife area Geauga county
Barnesville reservoir #2 Belmont county
Barnesville reservoir #3 Belmont county
Barnesville reservoir #4 Belmont county
Belmont lake Belmont county
Big island wildlife area Marion county
Circleville canal Pickaway county
Cooper hollow wildlife area Jackson county
Crooksville reservoir Perry county
Darke wildlife area Darke county
Delaware wildlife area Delaware, Morrow, and Marion counties
Deer creek lake Stark county
Deer creek wildlife area Pickaway, Madison and Fayette counties
Fallsville wildlife area Highland county
Grand river wildlife area Trumbull county
Hammertown lake wildlife area (Jackson city reservoir) Jackson county
Hebron canal Licking and Fairfield counties
Highlandtown lake wildlife area Columbiana county
Indian creek wildlife area Brown county
Ismond pond Columbiana county
Lake Vesuvius Lawrence county
Miller Blue hole Sandusky county
New Lexington City reservior Perry county
New Lyme wildlife area Ashtabula county
Oak Hill reservoir Jackson county
Oberlin reservoir Lorain county
Oldaker pond wildlife area Highland county
Orwell pond wildlife area Ashtabula county
Ottoville quarry wildlife area Putnam county
Paulding ponds wildlife area Paulding county
Pleasant valley wildlife area Ross county
Ross lake wildlife area Ross county
Ruff pond wildlife area Columbiana county
Shreve lake wildlife area Wayne county
Spencer lake wildlife area Medina county
Spring valley wildlife area Warren county
Tranquility wildlife area Adams county
Trimble wildlife area Athens county
Tycoon lake wildlife area Gallia county
Walhonding canal Coshocton county
Waterloo lake Jackson and Pike counties
Waterloo wildlife area Athens county
Wellington reservoir Lorain county
Wolf creek wildlife area Morgan county
Woodbury wildlife area Coshocton 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 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, lakes on La Su An wildlife area except Lake La Su An, Resthaven wildlife area, Rockmill lake wildlife area in Fairfield county, Killdeer Plains wildlife area, lakes on Oxbow lake wildlife area except Oxbow Lake, Fulton ponds wildlife area, Aldrich pond wildlife area, 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 Wayne R. Carr lake in Paulding county and Wingfoot lake in Portage 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, Rupert Lake in Vinton county, Lake La Su An, and Oxbow Lake 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 an electric motor exceeding four horsepower to propel a vessel on or within any water area owned or controlled by the division of wildlife.

(E) 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.

(F) 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) and (E) of this rule.

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

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

Effective: 07/01/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/04/2011 and 04/22/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1531.06
Rule Amplifies: 1531.06
Prior Effective Dates: 3/1/73, 8/25/75, 8/16/78, 1/25/82, 6/1/82, 5/31/84, 4/20/87, 3/1/91, 1/15/94, 11/1/97, 3/1/00, 1/1/01, 7/22/01, 7/19/02, 6/4/03, 03/01/04, 7/1/2008, 7/1/2010

1501:31-5-02 [Effective 1/1/2014]Use of outboard motors and power boats on wildlife areas.

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 and except as provided in paragraphs (B) and (C) of this rule, on water areas on the following state-owned or on controlled areas, or on water areas managed under agreement by the wildlife division.

Aquilla lake wildlife area

Geauga county

Barnesville reservoir #2

Belmont county

Barnesville reservoir #3

Belmont county

Barnesville reservoir #4

Belmont county

Belmont lake

Belmont county

Big island wildlife area

Marion county

Circleville canal

Pickaway county

Cooper hollow wildlife area

Jackson county

Crooksville reservoir

Perry county

Darke wildlife area

Darke county

Delaware wildlife area

Delaware, Morrow, and Marion counties

Deer creek lake

Stark county

Deer creek wildlife area

Pickaway, Madison and Fayette counties

Fallsville wildlife area

Highland county

Grand river wildlife area

Trumbull county

Hammertown lake wildlife area (Jackson city reservoir)

Jackson county

Hebron canal

Licking and Fairfield counties

Indian creek wildlife area

Brown county

Ismond pond

Columbiana county

Lake Vesuvius

Lawrence county

Miller Blue hole

Sandusky county

New Lexington City reservior

Perry county

New Lyme wildlife area

Ashtabula county

Oak Hill reservoir

Jackson county

Oberlin reservoir

Lorain county

Oldaker pond wildlife area

Highland county

Orwell pond wildlife area

Ashtabula county

Ottoville quarry wildlife area

Putnam county

Pleasant valley wildlife area

Ross county

Ross lake wildlife area

Ross county

Ruff pond wildlife area

Columbiana county

Shreve lake wildlife area

Wayne county

Spencer lake wildlife area

Medina county

Spring valley wildlife area

Warren county

Timbre Ridge lake

Lawrence county

Tranquility wildlife area

Adams county

Trimble wildlife area

Athens county

Tycoon lake wildlife area

Gallia county

Walhonding canal

Coshocton county

Waterloo lake

Jackson and Pike counties

Waterloo wildlife area

Athens county

Wellington reservoir

Lorain county

Wolf creek wildlife area

Morgan county

Woodbury wildlife area

Coshocton 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 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, lakes on La Su An wildlife area except lake La Su An, Resthaven wildlife area, Rockmill lake wildlife area in Fairfield county, Killdeer Plains wildlife area, lakes on Oxbow lake wildlife area except Oxbow Lake, Fulton ponds wildlife area, Aldrich pond wildlife area, 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, Wayne R. Carr lake in Paulding county, Wingfoot lake in Portage 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, Rupert lake in Vinton county, lake La Su An in Williams county, and Oxbow lake in Defiance 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 an electric motor exceeding four horsepower to propel a vessel on or within any water area owned or controlled by the division of wildlife.

(E) 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.

(F) 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) and (E) of this rule.

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

(H) 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.

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

Effective: 01/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/19/2013 and 01/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1531.06
Rule Amplifies: 1531.06
Prior Effective Dates: 3/1/73, 8/25/75, 8/16/78, 1/25/82, 6/1/82, 5/31/84, 4/20/87, 3/1/91, 1/15/94, 11/1/97, 3/1/00, 1/1/01, 7/22/01, 7/19/02, 6/4/03, 03/01/04, 7/1/2008, 7/1/2010 , 7/1/2011

1501:31-5-03 Regulations prescribed for the use of watercraft on Berlin reservoir, situated in the counties of Mahoning, Portage and Stark.

(A) The water of Berlin reservoir shall have five designated areas:

(1) All the waters lying between U.S. route 224 and the dam shall be designated as area one.

(2) All the waters lying between U.S. route 224 and the "N.Y.C. Railroad" bridge shall be designated as area two.

(3) All the waters lying between the "N.Y.C. Railroad" bridge and state route 14 shall be designated as area three.

(4) All the waters lying between state route 14 and state route 225 shall be designated as area four.

(5) All the remaining waters not included in paragraphs (A)(1), (A)(2), (A)(3), and (A)(4) of this rule lying westward of state route 225 shall be designated as area five.

(B) In area one, no person shall:

(1) Operate or use a boat within five hundred feet of the intake tower and crest gate in the dam at Berlin reservoir.

(2) Operate (start/run) or permit to be operated a motor other than an electric motor, to propel a boat within two thousand feet of the dam at Berlin reservoir.

(3) Engage in water-skiing or aquaplaning within two thousand feet of the dam at Berlin reservoir.

(4) Operate a watercraft within one hundred fifty feet of any developed shoreline in such a manner as to cause a wake of sufficient size or force to cause discomfort, injury or damage to any person, watercraft or property.

(5) No person shall operate a vessel at greater than idle speed or at a speed that creates a wake within three hundred feet of any marina, boat docking faccility, boat gasoline dock, launch ramp, reacreational boat harbor, or harbor entrance.

(C) In area two, it shall be unlawful:

For any person to operate a watercraft within one hundred fifty feet of any undeveloped shoreline in such a manner as to cause a wake of sufficient size or force to cause discomfort, injury or damage to any person, watercraft or property.

(D) In area three, it shall be unlawful:

For any person to operate a watercraft within one hundred fifty feet of any undeveloped shoreline in such a manner as to cause a wake of sufficient size or force to cause discomfort, injury or damage to any person, watercraft or property.

(E) In area four,it shall be unlawful:

(1) For any person to operate a watercraft within one hundred fifty feet of any undeveloped shoreline in such a manner as to cause a wake of sufficient size and force to cause discomfort, injury or damage to any person, warercraft or property.

(2) For any person to operate a watercraft within the area from state route 14 to a line of buoys located at the area known as Treasure Cove in such a manner as to cause a wake of sufficient size or force to cause discomfort, injury or damage to any person, watercraft or property.

(F) In area five, it shall be unlawful:

(1) For any person to operate, be in physical control, or manipulate any water-skis, or aquaplane, or for any person to operate a watercraft towing any person using water-skis, aquaplane or similar device at any time.

(2) For any person to operate a watercraft within one hundred fifty feet of any undeveloped shoreline in such a manner as to cause a wake of sufficient size to cause discomfort, injury or damage to any person, watercraft or property.

(G) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a watercraft within one hundred feet of any bridge in such a manner as to cause a wake of sufficient size or force to cause discomfort, injury or damage to any person, watercraft or property.

(H) A "wake" as used in this rule shall be defined as a track left by a watercraft in the water causing waves or swells.

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

(J) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a watercraft at a speed greater than ten miles per hour from sunset to sunrise local time.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/22/2011 and 06/15/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1531.06
Rule Amplifies: 1531.06
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/76, 1/2/81, 6/1/85, 12/1/89, 6/7/93, 2/1/02