Chapter 1501:41-11 Watercraft

1501:41-11-01 Incorporation of state watercraft navigation laws. [Rescinded].

Rescinded eff 4-20-07

1501:41-11-02 Ten-mile-per-hour speed limit; exceptions.

No person shall operate a powercraft on any water of the division at any time at a speed greater than ten miles per hour, except from sunrise to sunset in the designated speed zones, ski zones or open zones.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/04/2005 and 03/01/2010

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.03

Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 7/1/76, 3/16/81

1501:41-11-03 Speed and ski zone operation.

No person shall operate a powercraft within or through a designated Speed Zone, Ski Zone or unzoned area designated for combined speed boating and water skiing as provided in 1501:41-11-02, between the hours of sunrise E.S.T. to sunset E.S.T. at a greater speed than is reasonable, having due regard to traffic, surface and any other hazardous conditions then existing within such zones, but from sunset E.S.T. to sunrise E.S.T. watercraft speed shall not exceed ten (10) miles per hour within or through said zones.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/04/2005 and 03/01/2010

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.01

Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75

1501:41-11-04 Airfoils prohibited.

While being towed by a watercraft or motor vehicle, no person shall have any airfoil or balloon device in hand or affixed to the person for the purpose of becoming airborne over the lands or waters of the Division.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/04/2005 and 03/01/2010

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.01

Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75

1501:41-11-05 Air propelled powercraft, hovercraft.

Except as provided in 1501:41-13-11, no person shall use or operate any air propelled powercraft or hovercraft on any land or water area of the Division except that it shall be lawful to use these craft in the speed or ski zone only on the waters of the Division named in this paragraph, and also in the waters that directly lead from a launch ramp or dock facility to these speed or ski zones.

Indian Lake

Grand Lake St. Marys

Buckeye Lake

Mosquito Lake

Rocky Fork Lake

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/04/2005 and 03/01/2010

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.01

Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75

1501:41-11-06 Horsepower limitations; canoes.

No person shall operate any canoe propelled by a motor having more than a four (4) horsepower rating on any of the waters of the Division.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/04/2005 and 03/01/2010

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.01

Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75

1501:41-11-07 Powercraft prohibited in no motor zone.

No person shall operate any powercraft under its own power within or through a "No Motor Zone".

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/04/2005 and 03/01/2010

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.01

Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75

1501:41-11-08 No wake zones.

No person shall operate a powercraft within or through a "Shore Zone" or a "Danger Zone" or through any area marked as a "No Wake Zone" at any time at a speed that produces a wake. For the purpose of this rule, a "wake" is defined as a track left by a watercraft in the water causing waves that may cause discomfort, injury, or damage to persons, watercraft, or property.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/17/2007 and 03/01/2012

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.03

Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75, 3/16/81

1501:41-11-09 No watercraft permitted.

No person shall launch or operate any watercraft on any water areas located at Tinkers Creek State Park.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/17/2007 and 03/01/2012

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.01

Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75

1501:41-11-10 No powercraft permitted.

No person shall operate any powercraft on the following waters of the division.

Kiser Lake

Green Pine lake (Punderson state park)

Stump lake (Punderson state park)

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/17/2007 and 03/01/2012

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.03

Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/76, 3/18/88, 7/1/01

1501:41-11-11 Lakes permitting electric motors only.

No person shall operate a powercraft, except by electric motor power having less than a four-horsepower rating, on the waters of the division in the following areas.

A.W. Marion state park Nimisila Reservoir at

Adams lake state park Portage lake state park

Barkcamp state park Pike lake state park

Blue Rock state park Punderson state park

Findley state park Rose lake at

Harrison lake state park Hocking Hills state park

Jefferson lake state park Scioto Trail state park

Lake Alma state park Turkey

Lake Hope state park Creek lake and lake

Madison lake state park Roosevelt at Shawnee state

Inland lake and ponds at park

Maumee Bay state park Stonelick state park

Mt. Gilead state park Tar Hollow state park

Middle harbor at Van Buren state park

East Harbor state park

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/17/2007 and 03/01/2012

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.03

Rule Amplifies: 1501.03 , 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75, 9/2/83, 3/18/88, 3/1/93

1501:41-11-13 Lakes permitting ten horsepower.

No person shall operate a powercraft propelled by a motor with a horsepower rating in excess of ten horsepower through the waters of the division in the following park areas.

Cowan Lake state park

Forked Run state park

Guilford Lake state park

Hueston Woods state park

Jackson Lake state park

Lake Logan state park

Strouds Run state park

Wolf Run state park

Effective: 11/07/2008
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/14/2008 and 10/15/2013
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.03
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75, 7/1/83

1501:41-11-14 Lakes permitting more than ten horsepower.

Powercraft propelled by a motor with a horsepower rating in excess of ten horsepower may be operated upon the waters of the division in the following park areas:

Rocky Fork state park

Buckeye Lake state park

Lake White state park

Indian Lake state park

Mosquito state park

Salt Fork state park

Buck Creek state park

Paint Creek state park

Caesar Creek state park

Lake Loramie state park

Lake Milton state park

Portage lakes state park

East Fork state park

Grand Lake St. Marys state park

Delaware state park

Dillon state park

Deer Creek state park

Alum Creek state park

West Branch state park

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/17/2007 and 03/01/2012

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.03

Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75, 3/16/81, 3/18/88, 1/28/89

1501:41-11-15 Sleeping on watercraft prohibited.

No operator shall drift, anchor, dock, moor, tie-up, or beach a watercraft on lands or waters of the Division and sleep thereon at night except at locations that have been designated for such purpose by the Chief of the Division.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/29/2006 and 03/29/2011

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.01

Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75

1501:41-11-16 Pilots and engineers.

No person shall act as a pilot or engineer on any watercraft carrying passengers for hire on any of the waters of the Division who does not possess a valid pilot-engineer license issued by the Chief. No owner or operator of such watercraft shall operate such watercraft on the waters of the Division without providing an approved life preserver for each passenger carried including life preservers suitable for wear by small juveniles.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/17/2007 and 03/01/2012

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.01

Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09 , 1541.16

Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75

1501:41-11-17 Ski patterns.

At those areas where water ski zones are designated, the direction ski boat traffic shall move on that specific lake may be posted. No person shall operate or cause a watercraft to move in a direction in violation of that posted except when a person has fallen overboard or when a skier has fallen, and then only for the purpose of retrieving the fallen person.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/17/2007 and 03/01/2012

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.01

Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75

1501:41-11-19 Watercraft operation in activity zone.

At Portage Lakes state park and Buckeye Lake state park no person shall operate a watercraft in either of the two activity zones for purposes other than the activity that is designated for that period of time. This rule shall apply from Memorial day to Labor day between the hours of nine a.m. and eight p.m., and from Labor day to Memorial day between the hours of nine a.m. and sunset.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/17/2007 and 03/01/2012

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.03

Rule Amplifies: 1501.03 , 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 7/1/83

1501:41-11-20 Watercraft prohibited at beach areas.

No person shall operate a watercraft, inflatable boat, sailboard or any other device capable of being used for navigation within or through any designated swimming beach area, or any area which has been buoyed off designating it as an area in which watercraft are prohibited.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/17/2007 and 03/01/2012

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.03

Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 6/6/86

1501:41-11-21 Lakes permitting four hundred horsepower.

No person shall operate a powercraft propelled by a motor or combination of motors with a horsepower rating or combined horsepower rating in excess of four-hundred horsepower through the waters of the division in the following park areas.

Portage lakes state park

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/17/2007 and 03/01/2012

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1541.03

Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

Prior Effective Dates: 3/18/88

1501:41-11-22 Unlimited horsepower at no-wake speed.

On the waters within the boundaries of Burr Oak state park:

(A) No person shall operate or permit the operation of a vessel with a motor or combination of motors exceeding a horsepower rating of ten horsepower at greater than idle speed or at a speed that creates a wake.

(B) No person shall operate or permit the operation of a vessel utilizing a motor designated by the manufacturer as a jet drive motor.

Effective: 11/07/2008
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/15/2013
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.03
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09

1501:41-11-23 Pymatuning horsepower and boating restrictions.

(A) No person shall operate any watercraft propelled by a single motor, or any combination of motors, that produces a horsepower rating in excess of twenty horsepower on Pymatuning lake.

(B) On Pymatuning lake no person shall ride or attempt to ride upon one or more water skis, surfboards, towed inflatable devices, or similar devices or use or operate any watercraft to tow a person thereon.

Effective: 11/07/2008
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/15/2013
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.03
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09