Chapter 1501:47-9 Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
The following horsepower limitations shall apply to below named waters of the Muskingum watershed conservancy district.
(A) "Horsepower" means the horsepower rating published by the manufacturer for the power unit involved and any power unit modified to reduce or increase the manufacturers rating may not be operated on the waters of the district.
(B) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a watercraft having a motor capacity in excess of ten horsepower on Beach City, Charles Mill, Clendening, Leesville, Piedmont and Wills Creek lakes.
(C) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a watercraft with a motor in excess of twenty-five horsepower on Atwood lake.
(D) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a watercraft with a motor in excess of three hundred ninety-nine horsepower on Tappan lake.
(E) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a watercraft with a motor in excess of three hundred ninety-nine horsepower on Seneca lake.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/02/2008 and 06/15/2013
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 1547.52
Rule Amplifies: 1547.52, 1547.61
Prior Effective Dates: 9/1/99, 8/18/91, 8/16/84, 10/30/77
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate watercraft at any time at a speed greater than idle speed or at a speed that creates a wake within an area zoned by the Muskingum watershed conservancydistrict and marked by buoys as a no-wake zone or designated as a shore zone.. In areas which are not marked and designated as specific activity zones watercraft may be operated at such speed as is reasonable, having due regard to the traffic, surface and other existing conditions.
It shall be unlawful for any person to use any watercraft on the waters of the district for the purpose of sleeping on board unless such person has obtained a docking permit and the watercraft is anchored, tied, or otherwise secured in a designated area.
(A) No person shall overtly and publicly consume or display the presence of any beer or intoxicating liquor, as defined in section 4301.01 of the Revised Code while occupying any watercraft upon the waters of Atwood lake, Beach City lake, Charles Mill lake, Clendening lake, Leesville lake, Pleasant Hill lake, Piedmont lake, Seneca lake, Tappan lake, or Wills Creek lake.
Ingress and egress for watercraft to the reservoirs of the district shall be only at sites authorized by the district and boats shall not be anchored, tied, or stored overnight at any points along the shores of the reservoirs unless under the terms of special contracts. Boats found unattended in violation of this regulation shall be deemed "abandoned" and handled as provided in section 1547.30 of the Revised Code providing for the disposition of "abandoned" watercraft.
The operation of seaplanes, hovercraft, and submersibles is prohibited on any waters of the district.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or permit to be operated a watercraft at a speed in excess of six miles per hour, or to engage in water skiing, surfboarding, or other like towing activities on any waters of the Muskingum watershed conservancy district from sunset to sunrise local time.
The chief executive officer of the Muskingum watershed conservancy district, or his/her designee, may, if he/she determines that the public safety will be adequately protected, grant written permission for over-horsepower watercraft operation(s) on Muskingum watershed conservancy district controlled waterways under the conditions described in this rule. Such a permit may be issued to safety, fire department, law enforcement, and marina maintenance personnel, for law enforcement, training, rescue, salvage, testing, and maintenance activities when necessary for safe and efficient operations. Said officer may issue such permits for houseboats and commercial passenger carrying watercraft when it is determined that greater horsepower is necessary for safe operations due to the size, shape, and weight of the watercraft.
No person, while being towed by a watercraft, shall use any device for the purpose of becoming airborne over Muskingum watershed conservancy district waters. No person while operating a watercraft shall tow any person using a device for the purpose of becoming airborne over the muskingum watershed conservancy district waters.