Chapter 1501:47-7 Specific Area Rules

1501:47-7-02 Brown county.

(A) On the waters of White Oak creek, Red Oak creek, Straight creek and Eagle creek, from the mouth to the headwaters, it is unlawful to operate a watercraft at a speed in excess of six MPH and to operate a watercraft in such a manner to cause a wake of sufficient size or strength to cause damage to any property or endanger the safety of any watercraft or person greater than idle speed, or at a speed that creates a wake.

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

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

1501:47-7-03 Vessels and operations on waterways within the jurisdiction of the city of Columbus, Franklin county.

(A) For the purpose of this section, "waterways of the city" shall be defined as all waters within the territorial limits of the City of Columbus or bounded by city owned lands.

(B) No person shall operate any vessel of more than ten (10) horsepower on the waterways of the city.

(1) Exceptions

(a) Griggs reservoir

(b) O'Shaughnessy reservoir

(c) The downtown Scioto River pool

(C) No person shall operate any motorized vessel on any waterways of the city at a speed exceeding idle speed within a distance of one hundred (100) feet of the shorelines.

(D) Personal watercraft, which are classified by the United States Coast Guard as small Class A-1 or A-2 vessels and which use as the primary source of mechanical power an inboard or outboard motor powering a jet pump, and which are designed to be operated by a person in a sitting on, standing on, or in a kneeling position on the craft rather than that of the conventional manner of either sitting or standing inside the vessel, are prohibited on all city controlled waterways.

(E) No person shall operate any motorized vessel on waterways of the city at a speed exceeding ten (10) miles per hour between sunset and sunrise.

(F) No person shall take off or ascend within or from the waterways of the city or voluntarily bring, land or alight upon the waterways of the city in any airplane, flying machine, balloon, glider, or other aerial apparatus.

(G) No person shall operate an iceboat on any waterways of the city except on Hoover reservoir, where such iceboats shall meet the following requirements:

(1) Iceboats may not be propelled by any means other than sails;

(2) Gross vessel weight may not exceed three hundred (300) pounds, to include mast, sails, and all other equipment;

(3) All iceboats are required to carry fifty (50) feet of line readily accessible for use.

(H) The operator of any vessel on any waterways of the city shall not intentionally use a water spray device or cause a water spray so as to impede the safe operation of any vessel.

(I) Any vessel operated by any law enforcement officer or emergency services personnel while in the course of duty shall be exempted from this rule in the exercise of their regular duty.

Replaces: 1501:47-7-3

Effective: 06/01/2006
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/01/2011
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52
Rule Amplifies: 1547.52 , 1547.08 , 1547.61
Prior Effective Dates: repealed 5/17/01

1501:47-7-04 Five Rivers metroparks; Eastwood lake.

(A) With the exception of special events approved by the five rivers metroparks, on eastwood metropark lake, on odd dates of the month, no watercraft shall be operated at greater than idle speed, or at a speed that creates a wake. Personal watercraft and sailing vessels are exempted from this idle speed, no wake restriction.

(B) On even dates of the month, all other watercraft, except personal watercraft and sailing vessels, may be operated.

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

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

1501:47-7-05 Hamilton county park district.

(A) No boats, canoes, rafts or other watercraft shall be operated on waters under the jurisdiction and control of the board of park commissioners of the Hamilton county park district, except watercraft owned by the park district, United States army corps of engineers, Ohio department of natural resources, and any other watercraft that has been authorized with specific written permission from the park district director to operate on these waters.

(B) Outboard motors are permitted on waters under the control and jurisdiction of the board of park commissioners of the Hamilton county park district in the exercise of their lawful authority.

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

1501:47-7-06 Odell lake, Holmes county.

(A) 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 to propel a vessel on or within Odell lake.

(B) Nothing in this rule shall prohibit vessels with higher horsepower motors from being present on these waters provided they comply with paragraph (A) of this rule.

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

1501:47-7-07 Board of commissioners of Sandusky county.

Upon the waters of the Sandusky river in Sandusky county, north of the city of Fremont, there is hereby established the following special zone relating to operations of watercraft, said zone to be indicated by marker buoys, as specified in section 1547.08 of the Revised Code, such buoys to indicate the nature and extent of the restricted zone:

Buoy #1: (No wake zone) center of channel, section 5, T5N, R16E, on north section line. Said section line located approximately 250 feet north of the Wightman's Grove dancehall.

Buoy #2: (No wake zone) center of channel, section 5, T5N, R16E, south nine-hundred feet from north section line, east three hundred feet from west section line.

Buoy #3: (No wake zone) center of channel, section 6, T5N, R16E, located on a line extending north from the west bank of schoolhouse swale.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 12/02/2011 and 12/02/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52
Rule Amplifies: 1547.08 , 1547.52 , 1547.61
Prior Effective Dates: 12/27/06, 9/1/05, 9/1/00

1501:47-7-09 On the waters of Nettle lake: Williams county, Ohio.

(A) It shall be unlawful to engage or attempt to engage in water skiing or utilize any other towable device between the hours of six p.m. and ten a.m. local time.

(B) It shall be unlawful to operate a watercraft at a speed that creates a wake between the hours of six p.m. and ten a.m. local time.

(C) All powercraft shall proceed in a counter-clockwise direction except while beaching or going into shore.

(D) It shall be unlawful to engage or attempt to engage in water skiing or utilize any other towable device in the bay at the north end of the lake at any time.

(E) It shall be unlawful to operate a watercraft at a speed that creates a wake in the slip between the middle bay and the north bay.

(F) It shall be unlawful to anchor a watercraft in the slip between the middle bay and the north bay.

(G) No person shall operate or permit to be operated any vessel in violation of this rule.

Effective: 03/01/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/30/2011 and 02/06/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52
Rule Amplifies: 1547.16 , 1547.52 , 1547.61
Prior Effective Dates: 4/25/74, 10/30/77, 9/1/00, 9/1/05

1501:47-7-10 Springfield lake, Summit county.

(A) Upon the waters of Springfield lake, no person shall operate or permit to be operated any watercraft powered by a motor or combination of motors with a total horsepower rating of more than two hundred fifty horsepower.

(B) No person shall operate a watercraft at a speed greater than idle or no-wake speed between the hours of seven p.m. and ten a.m.

(C) Between the hours of ten a.m. and seven p.m., no watercraft shall anchor, idle, or stop in the designated speed and ski zone except to retrieve a fallen skier.

(D) Watercraft operating in the designated speed and ski zone shall travel in a counter-clockwise direction with the shoreline on the starboard side of the vessel.

(E) Swimming from watercraft shall be permitted only in designated no-wake zones.

(F) Hydroplanes, airboats, airfoils, tunnel hulls, drag hulls, wing-in-ground craft, hovercraft, and submersible watercraft are prohibited.

Replaces: 1501:47-7-10

Effective: 04/17/2007
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/01/2012
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52 , 1547.61
Rule Amplifies: 1547.61
Prior Effective Dates: 8/16/84, 11/19/00

1501:47-7-11 Regulations prescribed for the use of watercraft on waters within Summit county. [Rescinded].

Rescinded eff 4-17-07

1501:47-7-12 Stark county park district.

(A) No person shall operate or permit to be operated a motor, or combination of motors, exceeding a horsepower rating in excess of ten horsepower to propel a vessel on or within Walborn reservoir and Sippo lake.

(B) No person shall operate (start/run) or permit to be operated a motor, other than an electric motor, to propel a vessel on or within Deer Creek reservoir in Stark county.

(C) Nothing in this rule shall prohibit vessels with higher horsepower motors from being present on the waters specified in paragraphs (A) and (B) of this rule provided they comply with paragraphs (A) and (B) of this rule.

(D) No person shall operate or permit to be operated a powercraft on or within Petros lake or the Ohio and Erie canal within Stark county.

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

1501:47-7-13 City of Cuyhoga Falls.

(A) No person shall operate or permit to be operated a motor, or combination of motors, exceeding a horsepower rating in excess of ten horsepower to propel a vessel on the Cuyahoga river between the state route 91 bridge in Munroe falls to the Broad street dam in Cuyahoga Falls.

(B) This rule does not apply to any vessel whose owner is a state or subdivision thereof which is clearly identificable as such.

(C) Nothing in this rule shall prohibit vessels with higher horsepower motors from being present on these waters provided they comply with paragraph (A) of this rule.

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

1501:47-7-14 Lake Snowden: Athens county, Ohio.

(A) Upon the waters of lake Snowden, no powercraft shall be operated at a greater than idle speed, or at a speed that creates a wake, unless specifically permitted in writing by the park manager.

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

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

1501:47-7-15 Apple Valley lake: Knox county, Ohio.

(A) Upon the waters of Apple Valley lake, no powercraft shall be operated at greater than idle speed, or at a speed that creates a wake between sunset and sunrise.

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

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

1501:47-7-16 Lake Lorelei, Brown county.

(A) Upon the waters of Lake Lorelei, no person shall operate or permit to be operated a powercraft at a speed greater than thirty-five miles per hour from sunrise to sunset within the water-ski or open zone.

(B) No person shall operate or permit to be operated a powercraft at a speed greater than six miles per hour from sunset to sunrise within the water-ski or open zone.

(C) No person shall operate or permit to be operated a powercraft at greater than idle speed, or at a speed that creates a wake within one hundred fifty feet of the marina, gasoline dock, and launch ramp.

(D) No person shall operate or permit to be operated a powercraft at greater than idle speed or at a speed that creates a wake within the coves and the mouth of Glady Run.

(E) Powercraft shall be operated in a counter-clockwise traffic pattern with the shoreline on the starboard (right) side of the powercraft.

(F) No person shall operate or permit to be operated a powercraft in a clockwise direction, unless the operator is picking up a fallen water-skier.

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

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 09/28/2007 and 09/15/2012

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1547.52

Rule Amplifies: 1547.52 , 1547.61 , 1547.08

Prior Effective Dates: 10/18/02

1501:47-7-17 Lakengren lakes, Preble county.

(A) General provisions:

(1) No person shall operate a powercraft at a speed greater than idle speed, or at a speed that creates a wake from sunset to sunrise.

(2) No person shall operate a powercraft at a speed greater than idle speed, or at a speed that creates a wake at any time when the lake warning flags are displayed.

(3) Powercraft operating in the designated speed and ski zones shall travel in a counter-clockwise direction with the shoreline on the starboard (right) side of the powercraft.

(4) All powercraft operating at a speed greater than idle speed shall maintain a distance of one hundred feet from the shore or any designated no-wake zone.

(5) Swimming from watercraft shall be permitted only in designated no-wake zones.

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

(B) Restrictions:

(1) The operation of seaplanes, hovercraft, mechanically propelled airboats, airfoils, and ski-free mechanisms is prohibited.

(2) No powercraft shall tow more than two skiers, ski tubes, or other approved towable devices.

(3) It shall be unlawful for any watercraft to tow a parasail, kite, or any other device intended to achieve and maintain a distance of more than ten feet above the surface of the water.

(4) No person shall anchor, moor, dock or tie up any watercraft to any private dock facility without the express permission of the owner or other authorized agent.

(5) No person shall operate a powercraft, except by electric motor on the waters of the following areas:

(a) Thor lake

(b) Valhalla lake

(c) Hammer lake

(d) Kastrup lake

(e) Hatchet lake

(f) Bear lake

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/23/2009 and 02/15/2014

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: 1547.52

Rule Amplifies: 1547.52

Prior Effective Dates: 5/8/03

1501:47-7-18 Lake Buckhorn, Holmes county.

(A) Operating Regulations

(1) No person shall operate a powercraft at a speed greater than idle speed or at a speed that creates a wake from sunset to sunrise.

(2) Powercraft operating in the designated speed and ski zones shall travel in a counter-clockwise direction with the shoreline on the starboard (right) side of the powercraft.

(3) All powercraft operating at a speed greater than idle speed shall maintain a distance of forty (40) feet from the shore.

(4) Swimming from watercraft shall be permitted only in designated no-wake zones.

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

(B) Restrictions:

(1) No powercraft shall tow more than two skiers, ski tubes, or other approved towable devices.

(2) No person shall anchor, moor, dock or tie up any watercraft to any private dock facility without express permission of the owner or other authorized agent.

(3) While being towed by a watercraft, no person shall have any type of airfoil or other device in hand or affixed to the person for the purpose of becoming airborne over the waters of Lake Buckhorn.

(4) It shall be unlawful for any watercraft to tow a parasail, kite, or any other airborne device on the waters of Lake Buckhorn.

(5) The operation of seaplanes, hovercraft, mechanically propelled airboats, airfoils, and ski-free mechanisms is prohibited.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/22/2010 and 06/15/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52
Rule Amplifies: 1547.61
Prior Effective Dates: 8/29/04

1501:47-7-19 Lake Roaming Rock, Ashtabula county.

(A) Definitions:

(1) "No-wake speed" means to operate a powered vessel at a speed determined by the minimum amount of power required to maintain steerage of the craft.

(2) "Open zone" means the waters of lake Roaming Rock which are more than seventy-five feet from the shoreline and not otherwise designated as "no-wake."

(3) "Shore zone" means that water area of a uniform width of seventy-five feet lying parallel with and contiguous to the shoreline.

(4) "Wake" means a track left by a watercraft causing waves or swells.

(B) Operation:

(1) No vessel shall operate at a speed greater than no-wake speed within the shore zone.

(2) Powercraft operating in the open zone shall travel in a counter-clockwise direction with the shoreline on the starboard (right) side of the powercraft.

(C) Restrictions:

(1) No person shall use or operate any air propelled powercraft, hovercraft, wing-in-ground craft, or submersible watercraft on the waters of Lake Roaming Rock.

(2) No watercraft may be left unattended between the hours of sunset and sunrise at beach number 1 or beach number 2.

(3) No watercraft are permitted to come ashore, anchor, or tie up anywhere other than at an assigned location in the area of beach number 1 . Watercraft may be permitted to come ashore, anchor, or tie up in areas of beach number 2 specifically designated for such use.

(4) A watercraft shall not tow more than two skiers or other towable devices simultaneously.

(5) No races, regattas, or other special events may be conducted on the waters of lake Roaming Rock without the express written permission of the RomeRock association board of directors.

Effective: 09/08/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/14/2012 and 09/08/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52 , 1547.61
Rule Amplifies: 1547.61
Prior Effective Dates: 6/7/04

1501:47-7-20 Little Miami river, Warren county.

(A) On the waters of the Little Miami river in Warren county, it is unlawful to operate a watercraft in such a manner that it creates a wake.

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

(C) Vessels being operated in the course of official government business or in the course of emergency operations shall be exempt from this rule.

Effective: 03/01/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/30/2011 and 02/06/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52
Rule Amplifies: 1547.52 , 1547.61
Prior Effective Dates: 4/29/06