Chapter 1501:41-7 Hours of Operation and Recreational Activities

1501:41-7-01 Open hours, closed hours, duties; exemptions.

(A) No person shall be present, unless exempted in writing by the area manager, on any area administered by the division between the hours of eleven p.m. and six a.m., except as hereinafter provided in this rule.

(B) No person shall be present, unless exempted in writing by the area manager one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise throughout the year at the following state park areas.

John Bryan state park

Headlands Beach state park

Nelson Kennedy Ledges state park

Crane Creek state park

Hocking Hills state park

The Hosak Cave area at Salt Fork state park

The Gorge Overlook area and Lyons Falls trail at Mohican state park

The Euclid Beach Area, the beach and parking area at Edgewater and the beach at Villa Angela at Cleveland Lakefront state park

The boardwalk at Maumee Bay state park

The Lusk Lock and Sprucevale day use areas at Beaver Creek state park

The Mount Jeez area and the Butternut trail at Malabar Farm state park

(C) Persons actually engaged in fishing, hunting, boating, ice skating, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or any other legitimate recreational pursuit as determined by the chief, or going to or from areas where these activities may take place, or persons sleeping on watercraft as authorized in rule 1501:41-11-15 of the Administrative Code, authorized campers, and occupants of cabins or lodge rooms located within an area administered by the division or persons engaged in authorized division-sponsored program, may be present in such areas at any time during the day or night, except that such persons shall not be in the following areas one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise without written permission from the chief of the division or his/her designee.

The day use area trails at John Bryan

The day use area trails at Nelson Kennedy Ledges

Crane Creek state park

The Gorge Overlook area and Lyons Falls trail at Mohican state park

The day use hiking trails and picnic areas at Hocking Hills

The Euclid Beach Area, the beach and parking area at Edgewater and the beach at Villa Angela at Cleveland Lakefront state park

The boardwalk at Maumee Bay state park

The Lusk Lock and Sprucevale day use areas at Beaver Creek state park

The Mount Jeez area and the Butternut trail at Malabar Farm state park

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, 7/1/80, 4/14/81, 5/16/82, 10/23/82, 7/1/83, 10/16/86, 3/1/93, 7/1/96, 4/1/98, 5/17/00

1501:41-7-02 Hours for swimming.

No person shall swim, dive, bathe, or wade in the waters of any beach area or swimming pool maintained and operated by the Division unless such beach area or swimming pool is posted by the Division indicating a beach area or pool is open to swimming, diving, or wading.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/16/2014 and 07/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.01
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75, 12/3/76

1501:41-7-03 Swimming prohibited; exceptions.

(A) No person shall swim, bathe, dive, or wade from any watercraft, dock or raft facility, or from a shoreline of any state property other than that officially designated as a swimming area in any waters under the supervision and control of the division.

(B) At Grand lake St. Marys, lake Loramie, Indian lake, Buckeye lake, the Portage lake, Guilford lake and lake White, no person shall swim, dive, wade or bathe from any watercraft, or any shoreline of state property other that designated by the division as a public beach, or boat swimming area or swim, dive, wade, or bathe for a distance in excess of thirty feet from any shoreline of privately owned or leased state lands, except St. Marys where the allowable distance for swimming, diving, wading, or bathing from said shorelines shall not be in excess of one hundred feet, and except at Indian lake and Portage lake where the allowable distance for swimming, diving, wading, or bathing from said shorelines shall not be in excess of sixty feet. It shall be unlawful for any person to swim, dive, wade, or bathe from the shoreline of privately owned, leased, or state-owned lands, contiguous to any channel carrying heavy boat traffic on the lakes named in this paragraph.

(C) At lake Milton state park no person shall swim, dive, wade or bathe from any watercraft or any shoreline other than those areas designated by the division as a public beach or boat swimming area or more than sixty feet from the shoreline adjacent to any private dock.

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: 6/14/75, 10/18/82, 6/6/86, 4/14/89, 3/1/96

1501:41-7-04 Flotation devices prohibited; exceptions.

(A) No person shall use or offer for use by any person any inner tube ring, buoy, air mattress, beach ball or similar novelty device of inflatable air cell construction, nor any plastic foam flotation device in the waters of the division where swimming is prohibited, in division swimming pools, at division-operated beaches, or at boat swimming areas adjacent to division-operated beaches except as provided in paragraphs (B) and (C) of this rule and except at pools operated by concessionaires.

(B) A coast guard approved type 1, 2, or 3 personal flotation device may be used as a safety aid to a swimmer when said swimmer is being assisted by a responsible and experienced swimmer and the device is properly secured, is the proper size and is undamaged. Suitable flotation devices may be used by persons engaged in scuba diving or skin diving when said devices are necessary to said activity. Float fishing tubes are permitted when used in accordance with rule 1501:41-15-15 of the Administrative Code. Children may use flotation devices in division wading pools when the child is being supervised by an adult.

(C) Persons may use flotation devices while being towed by a watercraft in a ski zone or open zone. Flotation devices may also be used by persons being towed by a watercraft traveling at idle speed in a designated no wake zone and the activity is not being conducted in any of the following areas:

(1) Within three hundred feet of a gas dock, marina, launch ramp or harbor entrance;

(2) Within a designated anchorage area, swim zone, boat swim zone, or boat camping area;

(3) Under a bridge or within three hundred feet of a bridge underpass;

(4) Any area designated as a no ski zone.

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: 4/14/89, 3/1/95

1501:41-7-05 Snorkel, S.C.U.B.A. diving, and submersible watercraft regulations.

Except for persons snorkeling at designated beaches, no person shall engage in underwater diving while using a snorkel or while diving with self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (S.C.U.B.A.) without being fully equipped with a face mask, foot fins, buoyancy compensation vest, and snorkel; nor dive while alone; nor dive or operate a submersible watercraft without first marking the diving area by displaying an official diving flag at the water's surface; nor dive or operate a submersible watercraft without first notifying the part office. No person shall engage in underwater diving with S.C.U.B.A. equipment without having a submersible pressure gauge and nationally recognized S.C.U.B.A. certification unless they are under the direct supervision of a certified S.C.U.B.A. instructor.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/16/2014 and 07/16/2019
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, 5/16/82, 3/1/93

1501:41-7-06 Snorkel and scuba diving prohibited: exceptions.

No person shall skindive or scuba dive in any waters administered by the division without the written permission of the chief of the division, except in the lakes hereinafter named.

Harrison Lake

Lake Logan

Guilford Lake

Madison Lake

Stonelick Lake

Lake White

Adams Lake

Kiser Lake

Lake Hope

Pike Lake

Barkcamp

Findlay Lake

Mt. Gilead Lake

Forked Run Lake

Wolf Run Lake

Jefferson Lake

Punderson Lake

Burr Oak Lake Cutler Lake (Blue Rock state park)

Acton Lake (Hueston Woods state park)

Caldwell Lake & Stewart Lake (Scioto Trail state park)

Pine Lake (Tar Hollow state park)

Turkey Creek Lake (Shawnee state park)

Dow Lake (Strouds Run state park)

Dillon Lake (north of no wake buoys only)

Buck Creek Lake (designated area - no wake zone)

Alum Creek Lake (designated area - no wake zone)

Caesers Creek Lake - (designated area - no wake zone)

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/16/2014 and 07/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.03
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75, 5/15/78, 7/1/80

1501:41-7-07 Snorkel and S.C.U.B.A. diving prohibited near dam sites.

No person shall engage in skin diving while using a snorkel or while diving with self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (S.C.U.B.A.) within 1,000 feet of any dam or outlet structures at Burr Oak and Acton Lake.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/16/2014 and 07/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.03
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75, 3/1/93

1501:41-7-08 Metal detectors prohibited.

No person shall use or offer for use any device for the purpose of locating or removing any metallic objects or any other objects of value from any lands or waters of the Division without first having obtained written permission from the area manager, except that sand beaches shall be exempt from the prohibition.

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

1501:41-7-09 Rappelling.

No person shall participate in rappelling in any area administered by the Division except at designated areas and only after registering to so rappel, with the area manager or his authorized representative.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/16/2014 and 07/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.01
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75

1501:41-7-10 Rockclimbing.

No person shall engage in rockclimbing off designated trails in any area administered by the Division except at designated areas and only after registering to so rockclimb, with the area manager or his authorized representative.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/16/2014 and 07/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.01
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75

1501:41-7-11 Playing golf.

No person shall play golf or drive or hit golf balls in any area administered by the Division that is not designated for such use.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/16/2014 and 07/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.01
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/75

1501:41-7-12 Entrance by permit only.

No person shall enter or be present upon the premises of the following state park areas for any reason without first having obtained a permit from the chief of the division:

Kennedy Ledges of Nelson Kennedy Ledges state park.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/16/2014 and 07/16/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1541.01
Rule Amplifies: 1541.01 , 1541.03 , 1541.09
Prior Effective Dates: 4/10/90