Chapter 1501:47-5 Division of Wildlife Areas

1501:47-5-01 Exceptions.

The rules contained within Chapter 1501:47-5 of the Administrative Code are applicable to all waters owned or controlled by the division of wildlife. However, nothing herein shall be interpreted or construed in such a manner as to prevent or delay authorized personnel of the department of natural resources in the completion of necessary duties or while on patrol or emergency service. The division of watercraft's interest in enforcing these rules pertain to the use of boats and motors on water areas under control of the division of wildlife.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 12/02/2011 and 12/02/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52
Rule Amplifies: 1547.52 , 1547.61
Prior Effective Dates: 12/27/06, 9/1/05, 9/1/00

1501:47-5-02 Anchoring, docking, mooring, beaching watercraft on wildlife areas.

(A) 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:

(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 except 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:

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

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 12/02/2011 and 12/02/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52
Rule Amplifies: 1531.06 , 1547.301 , 1547.52 , 1547.61
Prior Effective Dates: 12/27/06, 9/1/05, 9/1/00, 9/1/99

1501:47-5-03 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

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Barnesville reservoir #2 Belmont county

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Barnesville reservoir #3 Belmont county

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Barnesville reservoir #4 Belmont county

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Belmont lake Belmont county

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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

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Deer creek wildlife area Pickaway, Madison and Fayette counties

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Delaware wildlife area Delaware, Morrow and Marion countries

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

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Ismond pond Columbiana county

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Lake Vesuvius Lawrence county

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Miller blue hole Sandusky county

New Lexington city reservoir Perry county

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New Lyme wildlife area Ashtabula county

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Oak Hill reservoir Jackson county

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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

Lake Vesuvius Lawrence county

Walhonding canal Coshocton county

Waterloo wildlife area Athens county

Waterloo lake Jackson and pike counties

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 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 and Zepernick 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, 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, any watercraft on Barnesville reservoir no. 1.

Effective: 07/01/2008
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/03/2008 and 06/01/2013
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52
Rule Amplifies: 1547.52 , 1547.61
Prior Effective Dates: 10/30/03, 5/17/01, 11/19/00, 9/1/99, 8/18/91, 10/10/90, 8/16/84, 10/30/77

1501:47-5-04 Regulations prescribed for the use of watercraft on Berlin reservoir, situated in the couties of Mahoning, Portage and Stark.

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

(1) All of 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 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.

(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 facility, boat gasoline dock, launch ramp, recreational 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 and 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 and 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 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.

(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 to 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 waterskis, 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 and 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: 12/02/2011 and 12/02/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52
Rule Amplifies: 1531.06 , 1547.52 , 1547.61
Prior Effective Dates: 12/27/06, 9/1/05, 3/1/01, 9/1/00, 9/1/99