Chapter 1501:41-14 Snowmobiles

1501:41-14-01 Lands upon which snowmobiles, ice boats, all purpose vehicles are prohibited; exceptions.

No person shall operate a snowmobile, ice boat, or all purpose vehicle upon or over any area administered by the Division, except upon those lands or waters where the Chief has established special areas, roads, or trails designated for such operation and so directed by posting. Such special areas may be designated for limited use of only snowmobiles, only ice boats, or only all purpose vehicles or may be designated for any combination of uses.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/29/2010 and 01/25/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.01
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75

1501:41-14-02 Ground cover requirements.

No person shall operate a snowmobile or cross country ski on any division designated area, road, or trail unless the subsurface soil of said area, road, or trail has been determined by the division to be solidly frozen and completely covered with snow or ice. Said areas, roads, or trails shall thereafter be posted by the division as open or closed in accordance with existing weather conditions.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/29/2010 and 01/25/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.03
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75, 7/1/80

1501:41-14-03 Operating on frozen lakes.

(A) No person shall operate a snowmobile, ice boat, or all purpose vehicle upon the frozen surface of waters of the division when such waters have not been specifically posted, indicating said vehicles may be operated thereon.

(B) Ice thickness for the operation of a snowmobile, ice boat, or all purpose vehicle upon the frozen surface of any waters of the division and designated by the chief as permissible for such operation shall be determined by the operator.

(C) The division recommends a minimum ice thickness of five inches, but offers no guarantee of safety to any person who voluntarily assumes a known and obvious risk inherent to such vehicle operation.

(D) No motor vehicles other than snowmobiles, ice boats, or all purpose vehicles shall be permitted on the frozen surface of waters of the division at any time.

(E) No person shall operate a snowmobile, ice boat, or all purpose vehicle upon the frozen surface of the waters of Portage lakes state park in excess of twenty miles per hour when within one hundred feet of any shoreline.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/29/2010 and 01/25/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.03
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75, 7/1/80, 1/20/95

1501:41-14-04 Hours of operation; exceptions.

No person shall operate a snowmobile, ice boat, or all purpose vehicle on lands and waters designated for such operation as provided in 1501:41-14-01 at any time between the hours of 11 p.m. E.S.T. and 6 a.m. E.S.T.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/29/2010 and 01/25/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.01
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75

1501:41-14-05 Reckless operation.

No person shall operate a snowmobile, ice boat, or all purpose vehicle upon any area, road, or trail administered by the division without due regard for the safety and rights of other persons so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/29/2010 and 01/25/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.03
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75, 3/18/88

1501:41-14-07 Property damage.

No person shall operate a snowmobile, ice boat, or all purpose vehicle in such a manner as to willfully damage or destroy living vegetation and trails on lands and waters administered by the division.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/29/2010 and 01/25/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.03
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75, 3/18/88

1501:41-14-08 Snowmobiles; right-of-way.

When operating a snowmobile on lands or waters administered by the division, the operator of said vehicle shall slow his vehicle to a reasonable and prudent speed and shall yield the right-of-way when overtaking or travelling near any person who is not upon a snowmobile.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/29/2010 and 01/25/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.03
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 7/1/80

1501:41-14-09 Snowmobile; prohibited operation.

No person between the ages of twelve and fifteen, inclusive, shall operate a snowmobile or all purpose vehicle, as defined in section 4519.01 of the Revised Code, on any lands or waters administered by the division unless such person is under direct visual and audible supervision of a parent, guardian, or person over the age of eighteen.

No person under twelve years of age shall operate a snowmobile or all purpose vehicle, as defined in section 4519.01 of the Revised Code, on any lands or waters administered by the division.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/29/2010 and 01/25/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.03
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 7/1/80