Chapter 1541: DIVISION OF PARKS AND RECREATION
The division of parks and recreation shall create, supervise, operate, protect, and maintain a system of state parks and promote the use thereof by the public. Within thirty days after August 11, 1949, all state properties, the major function of which is park in nature, shall be so classified and transferred to the department of natural resources, except roadside parks of the department of transportation and lands of the Ohio state archaeological and historical society.
The chief of the division of parks and recreation, with the approval of the director of natural resources, shall determine policies and programs for the division, including the power to make and enforce rules for the government of state parks in accordance with sections 119.01 to 119.13 of the Revised Code. Such chief shall select such number of technical and administrative assistants as he deems necessary, with the approval of the director of natural resources, and fix their compensation in accordance with sections 1501.05 , 124.14 , 124.15 , 124.152 , and 124.18 of the Revised Code.
Effective Date: 04-09-1986
The chief of the division of parks and recreation shall prepare and submit to the director of natural resources maps and descriptions of the areas of lands and waters which the chief intends to designate as state park purchase areas. Such state park purchase areas may include lands and waters at the time belonging to the state, together with lands and waters not belonging to the state but which for reasons of protection, utilization, and administration should be subject to purchase by the state for park purposes. If such area is approved by the director and the recreation and resources council, it shall be known as a state park purchase area, and the map and description thereof, with the approval of the director indorsed thereon, shall be filed in duplicate with the auditor of state and the attorney general.
All moneys appropriated for the purchase of lands and waters by the state for park purposes, unless specifically appropriated for the purchase of particular tracts or areas, may be expended for the purchase of lands or waters within any legally established state park purchase area. If, after the purchase of specifically designated tracts or areas, moneys from such appropriations remain unexpended, upon the request of the director, the controlling board shall release such funds, in whole or in part, for the purchase of lands or waters within any state park purchase area.
Effective Date: 12-02-1996
All lands and waters dedicated and set apart for state park purposes shall be under the control and management of the division of parks and recreation, which shall protect, maintain, and keep them in repair. The division shall have the following powers over all such lands and waters:
(A) To make alterations and improvements;
(B) To construct and maintain dikes, wharves, landings, docks, dams, and other works;
(C) To construct and maintain roads and drives in, around, upon, and to the lands and waters to make them conveniently accessible and useful to the public;
(D) Except as otherwise provided in this section, to adopt, amend, and rescind, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, rules necessary for the proper management of state parks, bodies of water, and the lands adjacent to them under its jurisdiction and control, including the following:
(1) Governing opening and closing times and dates of the parks;
(2) Establishing fees and charges for use of facilities in state parks;
(3) Governing camps, camping, and fees for camps and camping;
(4) Governing the application for and rental of, rental fees for, and the use of cottages;
(5) Relating to public use of state park lands, and governing the operation of motor vehicles, including speeds, and parking on those lands;
(6) Governing all advertising within state parks and the requirements for the operation of places selling tangible personal property and control of food service sales on lands and waters under the control of the division, which rules shall establish uniform requirements;
(7) Providing uniform standards relating to the size, type, location, construction, and maintenance of structures and devices used for fishing or moorage of watercraft, rowboats, sailboats, and powercraft, as those terms are defined in section 1547.01 of the Revised Code, over waters under the control of the division and establishing reasonable fees for the construction of and annual use permits for those structures and devices;
(8) Governing state beaches, swimming, inflatable devices, and fees for them;
(9) Governing the removal and disposition of any watercraft, rowboat, sailboat, or powercraft, as those terms are defined in section 1547.01 of the Revised Code, left unattended for more than seven days on any lands or waters under the control of the division;
(10) Governing the establishment and collection of check collection charges for checks that are returned to the division or dishonored for any reason.
(F) To cooperate with the United States and agencies of it and with political subdivisions in administering federal recreation moneys under the "Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965," 78 Stat. 897, 16 U.S.C. 4601-8, as amended; prepare and distribute the statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan; and administer the state recreational vehicle fund created in section 4519.11 of the Revised Code;
(G) To administer any state or federally funded grant program that is related to natural resources and recreation as considered necessary by the director of natural resources;
(H) To assist the department of natural resources and its divisions by providing department-wide planning, capital improvements planning, and special purpose planning.
The division shall adopt rules under this section establishing a discount program for all persons who are issued a golden buckeye card under section 173.06 of the Revised Code. The discount program shall provide a discount for all park services and rentals, but shall not provide a discount for the purchase of merchandise.
The division shall not adopt rules establishing fees or charges for parking a motor vehicle in a state park or for admission to a state park.
Every resident of this state with a disability that has been determined by the veterans administration to be permanently and totally disabling, who receives a pension or compensation from the veterans administration, and who received an honorable discharge from the armed forces of the United States, and every veteran to whom the registrar of motor vehicles has issued a set of license plates under section 4503.41 of the Revised Code, shall be exempt from the fees for camping, provided that the resident or veteran carries in the state park such evidence of the resident's or veteran's disability as the chief prescribes by rule.
Unless otherwise provided by division rule, every resident of this state who is sixty-five years of age or older or who is permanently and totally disabled and who furnishes evidence of that age or disability in a manner prescribed by division rule shall be charged one-half of the regular fee for camping, except on the weekends and holidays designated by the division, and shall not be charged more than ninety per cent of the regular charges for state recreational facilities, equipment, services, and food service operations utilized by the person at any time of year, whether maintained or operated by the state or leased for operation by another entity.
As used in this section, "food service operations" means restaurants that are owned by the department of natural resources at Hocking Hills, Lake Hope, Malabar Farm, and Rocky Fork state parks or are part of a state park lodge. "Food service operations" does not include automatic vending machines, concession stands, or snack bars.
As used in this section, "prisoner of war" means any regularly appointed, enrolled, enlisted, or inducted member of the military forces of the United States who was captured, separated, and incarcerated by an enemy of the United States. Any person who has been a prisoner of war, was honorably discharged from the military forces, and is a resident of this state is exempt from the fees for camping. To claim this exemption, the person shall present written evidence in the form of a record of separation, a letter from one of the military forces of the United States, or such other evidence as the chief prescribes by rule that satisfies the eligibility criteria established by this section.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.
Effective Date: 03-18-1999; 06-30-2005
The chief of the division of parks and recreation shall have the power to contract with any telephone company, which provides telephone service in the area of which a state park is located, for the establishment or maintenance of any telephone service in any location in such state park, the board of directors of a conservancy district shall have the power to contract with any telephone company which provides telephone service in the area in which a park, parkway, forest preserve, bathing beach, playground, or other recreational facility of the conservancy district is located, for the establishment or maintenance of public telephone service in any location in such conservancy district park, parkway, forest preserve, or recreational facility, and the director of transportation shall have the power to contract with any telephone company which provides telephone service in the area in which a highway right-of-way is located, for the establishment or maintenance of public telephone service in any location in such state park or on such highway right-of-way and for these purposes the chief of division of parks and recreation, in state parks, the board of directors of a conservancy district, in conservancy district parks, parkways, forest preserves, or recreational facilities, and the director of transportation on highway right-of-way, may agree to comply with any rules and regulations of such telephone company with respect to public telephone service contained in its schedules on file with the public utilities commission of Ohio or applied by such telephone company to others in similar locations. For the purpose of establishing or maintaining such public telephone service, the chief of the division of parks and recreation in state parks or the director of transportation on highway right-of-way may grant to such telephone company, without charge, appropriate permits for right-of-way for its facilities necessary to establish and maintain such public telephone service which permits shall remain valid as long as such public telephones remain in service.
Effective Date: 09-28-1973
(A) As used in this section, "public swimming beach" means land along a shoreline that is under the control of the division of parks and recreation and is used by the public when swimming and bathing in waters adjacent to the beach.
(B) The chief of the division of parks and recreation shall ensure that the waters of this state that are adjacent to public swimming beaches are sampled and tested in accordance with the techniques and procedures established by the director of health under section 3701.18 of the Revised Code. The department of health may assist the division of parks and recreation in the sampling and testing of the waters.
(C) On receipt of notification by the director of health under section 3701.18 of the Revised Code that the bacteria levels in the waters tested present a possible health risk to persons using the waters for swimming and bathing and that the posting of signs advising the public of the condition is warranted, the chief of the division of parks and recreation shall ensure that appropriate signs are posted in appropriate locations at the affected area.
Effective Date: 03-09-1999
The division of parks and recreation shall include in its annual report to the governor a statement of its action on all matters pertaining to the management and control of all state reservoirs, lakes, and lands set apart for public parks or pleasure resorts, which statement shall include a statement of the receipts and expenditures on account thereof.
Effective Date: 09-30-1963
(A) The chief of the division of parks and recreation, with the approval of the director of natural resources, may dispose of any of the following by sale, donation, trade, trade-in, recycling, or any other lawful means, in a manner that will benefit the division:
(1) Standing timber that as a result of wind, storm, pestilence, or any other natural occurrence may present a hazard to life or property, timber that has weakened or fallen on lands under the control and management of the division, or any timber or other forest products that require management to improve wildlife habitat, protect against wildfires, provide access to recreational facilities, implement sustainable forestry practices, or improve the safety, quality, or appearance of any state park area;
(2) Spoils of a dredging operation conducted by the division in waters under the control and management of the division. Prior to the disposition of any spoils under this division, the chief shall notify the director of environmental protection of the chief's intent so that the director may determine if the spoils constitute solid wastes or hazardous waste, as those terms are defined in section 3734.01 of the Revised Code, that must be disposed of in accordance with Chapter 3734. of the Revised Code. If the director does not notify the chief within thirty days after receiving notice of the disposition that the spoils must be disposed of in accordance with Chapter 3734. of the Revised Code, the chief may proceed with the disposition.
(4) Agricultural products that are grown or raised by the division. As used in this division, "agricultural products" includes products of apiculture, animal husbandry, or poultry husbandry, field crops, fruits, and vegetables.
(5) Abandoned personal property, including golf balls that are found on property under the control and management of the division.
(B) In accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, the chief shall adopt, and may amend and rescind, such rules as are necessary to administer this section.
(C) Except as provided in division (D) of this section, proceeds from the disposition of items under this section shall be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the state park fund created in section 1541.22 of the Revised Code.
(D) The chief of the division of parks and recreation may enter into a memorandum of understanding with the chief of the division of forestry to allow the division of forestry to administer the sale of timber and forest products on lands that are owned or controlled by the division of parks and recreation. Proceeds from the sale of timber or forest products pursuant to the memorandum of understanding shall be apportioned as follows:
(1) Seventy-five per cent of the proceeds shall be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the state park fund.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.
Effective Date: 10-20-1994; 04-06-2007
The following bodies of water and lands are hereby dedicated and set apart forever for the use of the public as public parks or pleasure resorts:
(A) The body of water and adjacent state lands in Licking, Fairfield, and Perry counties, known as the Licking reservoir or Buckeye Lake;
(B) The body of water and adjacent state lands in the northwestern part of Logan county, known as the Lewistown reservoir or Indian Lake;
(C) The body of water and adjacent state lands owned by the state in Mercer county, known as the Lake St. Marys;
(D) The bodies of water and adjacent lands owned by the state consisting of the Summit county lakes and reservoirs of the Ohio canal, known as the Portage-Summit reservoirs, together with the Summit lake and enough of the Summit level of the Ohio canal to maintain the present water level of Summit and Nesmith lakes, and the body of water and exterior lands adjacent thereto that are included in the reservoir constructed by the board of public works in Coventry township for the purpose of supplying water for the Ohio canal, known as North reservoir, all situated in Summit county;
(E) The body of water and adjacent lands owned by the state in Shelby and Auglaize counties, and known as the Loramie reservoir.
The bodies of water mentioned in this section shall, in the order in which they are described, be named and designated as follows: "Buckeye Lake," "Indian Lake," "Lake St. Marys," "The Portage Lakes," and "Lake Loramie."
Effective Date: 10-01-1953
The lakes named in section 1541.06 of the Revised Code shall at all times be open to the public as resorts for recreation and pleasure, including hunting, fishing, and boating. The privileges of hunting and fishing shall be subject to the fish and game laws of the state, and the boating privileges shall be subject to the rules and regulations prescribed by law and the division of parks and recreation.
Effective Date: 09-30-1963
Effective Date: 10-20-1994
When buildings located on state land are sold on foreclosure in a delinquent tax suit or in a mortgage foreclosure suit, the state immediately shall transfer to the purchaser of the buildings the lease for the state lands on which the buildings are located or shall cancel the former lease and execute a new lease to the purchaser. If a new lease is executed, it shall be for the same annual rental, contain the same restrictions, and grant the same privileges enjoyed by the former owner, including the privilege of purchasing the land in accordance with section 1501.01 of the Revised Code.
Effective Date: 10-20-1994
The chief of the division of parks and recreation, with the approval of the director of natural resources, the attorney general, and the governor, may make leases to parties making application for leases granting permission to take and remove halite from beneath the surface of Headlands state park in Lake county, and coal by underground mining methods from beneath the surface of Jefferson state park in Jefferson county and from beneath the surface of Burr Oak state park in Athens and Morgan counties pursuant to lease agreements and real estate transactions that have been entered into not later than January 1, 2011, if the chief finds that such taking and removal will in no way affect the surface of the land or the use of the land as a public park. As the chief deems in the best interest of the state, those leases may be made either upon a royalty or rental basis, and may be either for a term of years or until the economic extraction of the mineral covered by the lease has been completed. Upon request from the lessee of any such lease, the chief may consent to its cancellation, but any equipment or improvement thereon owned by the lessee may be held as security by the chief for payment of all rentals, royalties, and damages due the state at the time of cancellation.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.17, SB 124, §1, eff. 12/28/2009.
Effective Date: 11-01-1965
The division of parks and recreation shall make and enforce such rules and regulations, including the appointment and government of park and patrol officers in all parks and bodies of water and lands adjacent thereto under the supervision and control of the division, as are necessary to the proper management of such parks and bodies of water, and in accordance with sections 119.01 to 119.13 , inclusive, of the Revised Code.
Effective Date: 09-30-1963
Any person selected by the chief of the division of parks and recreation for custodial or patrol service on the lands and waters operated or administered by the division of parks and recreation shall be employed in conformity with the law applicable to the classified civil service of the state. Subject to section 1541.11 of the Revised Code, the chief may designate that person as a park officer. A park officer, on any lands and waters owned, controlled, maintained, or administered by the department of natural resources and on highways, as defined in section 4511.01 of the Revised Code, adjacent to lands and waters owned, controlled, maintained, or administered by the division, has the authority specified under section 2935.03 of the Revised Code for peace officers of the department of natural resources to keep the peace, to enforce all laws and rules governing those lands and waters, and to make arrests for violation of those laws and rules, provided that the authority shall be exercised on lands or waters administered by another division of the department only pursuant to an agreement with the chief of that division or to a request for assistance by an enforcement officer of that division in an emergency. A park officer, in or along any watercourse within, abutting, or upstream from the boundary of any area administered by the department, has the authority to enforce section 3767.32 of the Revised Code and any other laws prohibiting the dumping of refuse into or along waters and to make arrests for violation of those laws. The jurisdiction of park officers shall be concurrent with that of the peace officers of the county, township, or municipal corporation in which the violation occurs. A state park, for purposes of this section, is any area that is administered as a state park by the division of parks and recreation.
The secretary of state, upon the recommendation of the chief, shall issue to each park officer a commission indicating authority to make arrests as provided in this section.
The chief shall furnish a suitable badge to each commissioned park officer as evidence of that park officer's authority.
If any person employed under this section is designated by the chief to act as an agent of the state in the collection of moneys resulting from the sale of licenses, fees of any nature, or other moneys belonging to the state, the chief shall require a surety bond from that person in an amount not less than one thousand dollars.
A park officer may render assistance to a state or local law enforcement officer at the request of that officer or may render assistance to a state or local law enforcement officer in the event of an emergency.
Park officers serving outside the division of parks and recreation under this section or serving under the terms of a mutual aid compact authorized under section 1501.02 of the Revised Code shall be considered as performing services within their regular employment for the purposes of compensation, pension or indemnity fund rights, workers' compensation, and other rights or benefits to which they may be entitled as incidents of their regular employment.
Park officers serving outside the division of parks and recreation under this section or under a mutual aid compact retain personal immunity from civil liability as specified in section 9.86 of the Revised Code and shall not be considered an employee of a political subdivision for purposes of Chapter 2744. of the Revised Code. A political subdivision that uses park officers under this section or under the terms of a mutual aid compact authorized under section 1501.02 of the Revised Code is not subject to civil liability under Chapter 2744. of the Revised Code as the result of any action or omission of any park officer acting under this section or under a mutual aid compact.
Effective Date: 09-26-2003
(1) The chief of the division of parks and recreation shall not designate a person as a park officer under section 1541.10 of the Revised Code on a permanent basis, on a temporary basis, for a probationary term, or on other than a permanent basis if the person previously has been convicted of or has pleaded guilty to a felony.
(a) The chief of the division of parks and recreation shall terminate the employment as a park officer of a person designated as a park officer under section 1541.10 of the Revised Code if that person does either of the following:
(i) Pleads guilty to a felony;
(ii) Pleads guilty to a misdemeanor pursuant to a negotiated plea agreement as provided in division (D) of section 2929.43 of the Revised Code in which the park officer agrees to surrender the certificate awarded to the park officer under section 109.77 of the Revised Code.
(b) The chief shall suspend from employment as a park officer a person designated as a park officer if that person is convicted, after trial, of a felony. If the park officer files an appeal from that conviction and the conviction is upheld by the highest court to which the appeal is taken or if the park officer does not file a timely appeal, the chief shall terminate the employment of that park officer. If the park officer files an appeal that results in the park officer's acquittal of the felony or conviction of a misdemeanor, or in the dismissal of the felony charge against the park officer, the chief shall reinstate that park officer. A park officer who is reinstated under division (B)(2)(b) of this section shall not receive any back pay unless that park officer's conviction of the felony was reversed on appeal, or the felony charge was dismissed, because the court found insufficient evidence to convict the park officer of the felony.
(3) Division (B) of this section does not apply regarding an offense that was committed prior to January 1, 1997.
(4) The suspension from employment, or the termination of the employment, of a park officer under division (B)(2) of this section shall be in in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.
Effective Date: 01-01-2004
Effective Date: 08-05-1959
Effective Date: 09-30-1963
The chief of the division of parks and recreation shall issue pilot licenses and engineer licenses to all persons employed by a boat owner or operator to act as pilot or engineer on any boat carrying passengers for hire on reservoir parks or other bodies of water under the supervision and control of the division. The applicant for such license shall be over eighteen years of age and of good character. The violation of any of the sections of the Revised Code relating to reservoir parks or other bodies of water under supervision and control of the division or any rule or regulation of the division for the management of such reservoir parks or other bodies of water shall be cause for the chief to revoke such license.
Effective Date: 09-30-1963
The chief of the division of parks and recreation shall inspect all boats and watercraft maintained and operated in or upon the waters of any state reservoir, lakes, canals, and feeders, and may condemn any such boat or watercraft which is unsafe for the carrying of passengers. No owner of a boat or watercraft so condemned shall offer it for hire. If such owner violates this section, the permit issued to him shall be revoked and annulled.
Effective Date: 09-30-1963
A reservoir park police patrolman may take possession of and hold a boat or other property if such action appears necessary in the course of making an arrest of a person violating section[s] 1541.09 to 1541.17, inclusive, of the Revised Code. He shall not be held liable for the loss of or any damage done to such boat or other property taken and held by reason of the failure to comply with such sections, provided ordinary care is exercised in the handling of such property. No person shall take possession of a boat or other property which has been taken in charge by a police patrolman or other officer as provided in this section, until such patrolman or officer has released same.
Effective Date: 10-01-1953
No person shall engage in the hunting of wildlife, either with a gun or with a bow and arrow, on lands or waters operated or administered by the division of parks and recreation, except on such lands or waters as are exempted by the chief of the division of parks and recreation, under specific orders adopted in conformity with sections 119.01 to 119.13 of the Revised Code. No person shall engage in the discharge of firearms except during open season for hunting of wildlife on lands or waters exempted as provided in this section, or except in such places where there is provided by the division, skeet, trap shooting, or other shooting ranges. No person shall engage in the discharge of fireworks on lands or waters operated or administered by the division, except a licensed exhibitor of fireworks who is acting in accordance with sections 3743.50 to 3743.55 of the Revised Code and who has obtained the written permission of the chief of the division of parks and recreation for a particular public fireworks exhibition.
Effective Date: 05-30-1986
No person shall injure, alter, destroy, remove, or change any tree, building, dock, or land, or part thereof, within a state reservoir park or other body of water under the supervision and control of the division of parks and recreation, or construct any building or dock within such reservoir park, without the written permission of the chief of the division of parks and recreation. All lessees of state lands or lots shall keep the premises in good condition and free of weeds, inflammable substances, garbage, and all other unsightly or dangerous things. Proof that any state premises under lease are used for illegal or immoral purposes shall be just cause for the chief to cancel the leasehold for such state property.
Effective Date: 09-30-1963
Effective Date: 09-22-2000
The chief of the division of parks and recreation shall collect all rentals from leases of state lands and moneys for pipe permits, dock licenses, concession fees, and special privileges of any nature from all lands and waters operated and administered by the division of parks and recreation. The chief shall keep a record of all such payments showing the amounts received, from whom, and for what purpose collected. All such payments shall be credited to the state park fund, which is hereby created in the state treasury, except such revenues required to be set aside or paid into depositories or trust funds for the payment of bonds issued under sections 1501.12 to 1501.15 of the Revised Code, and to maintain the required reserves therefor as provided in the orders authorizing the issuance of such bonds or the trust agreements securing such bonds, and except such revenues required to be paid and credited pursuant to the bond proceedings applicable to obligations issued pursuant to section 154.22 of the Revised Code. All moneys derived from the operation of the lands, waters, facilities, and equipment by the division, except such revenues required to be set aside or paid into depositories or trust funds for the payment of bonds issued under sections 1501.12 to 1501.15 of the Revised Code, and to maintain the required reserves therefor as provided in the orders authorizing the issuance of such bonds or the trust agreements securing such bonds, and except such revenues required to be paid and credited pursuant to the bond proceedings applicable to obligations issued pursuant to section 154.22 of the Revised Code, shall accrue to the credit of the state park fund.
Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section and in sections 154.22 , 1501.11 , and 1501.14 of the Revised Code, such fund shall not be expended for any purpose other than the administration, operation, maintenance, development, and utilization of lands and waters, and for facilities and equipment incident thereto, administered by the division, or for the further purchase of lands and waters by the state for park and recreational purposes.
(B) The chief shall use moneys in the fund from the issuance of Ohio state parks license plates under section 4503.575 of the Revised Code only to pay the costs of state park interpretive and educational programs and displays and the development and operation of state park interpretive centers.
Effective Date: 02-27-1987; 03-23-2005
Effective Date: 07-01-1985; 09-20-2005
There is hereby created in the state treasury the parks capital expenses fund. The fund shall consist of moneys transferred to it from the parks and recreation improvement fund created in section 154.22 of the Revised Code. The parks capital expenses fund shall be used to pay design, engineering, and planning costs that are incurred by the department of natural resources for parks-related capital projects.
Effective Date: 05-06-2005
The dedication or setting apart of any state reservoir or lake as a public park or pleasure resort shall not interfere with or affect the use of such reservoir or lake for canal reservoir purposes, and the chief of the division of parks and recreation shall not be restricted in any manner from making such repairs and improvements thereon as are necessary for maintaining the safety and usefulness of such reservoir or lake for canal purposes. The authority for the division to manage and control such reservoir or lake for canal purposes is the same as if no dedication of such reservoir or lake for park and pleasure resort purposes had been made.
Effective Date: 09-30-1963
There is hereby created in the state treasury the parks mineral royalties fund. The fund shall consist of money deposited into it under section 1509.73 of the Revised Code and money transferred to it under section 1503.012 of the Revised Code. Any investment proceeds earned on money in the fund shall be credited to the fund.
Money in the fund shall be used by the division of parks and recreation to acquire land and to pay capital costs, including equipment and repairs and renovations of facilities, that are owned by the state and administered by the division. Expenditures from the fund shall be approved by the director of natural resources.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.
Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.35, HB 133, §1, eff. 9/30/2011.
That the compact or agreement mentioned below and every article, matter, and thing therein is hereby ratified and approved and shall be and hereafter remain in force agreeable to the true tenor and intent thereof.
AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA AND THE STATE OF OHIO RE PYMATUNING LAKE
This agreement made and concluded between the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, acting by and through its lawfully authorized agency, namely, the water and power resources board, as party of the first part, and the state of Ohio, acting by and through its lawfully authorized agency, namely, its conservation commissioner, as party of the second part,
Whereas, By act of assembly of Pennsylvania approved May 2, 1929, P. L. 1503, as amended by acts of May 5, 1931, P. O. 84, April 24, 1933, P. L. 67, and July 9, 1935, P. L. 619, the department of forests and waters of Pennsylvania, acting through the water and power resources board, was authorized, inter alia, to complete the work begun and continued under an act approved July 25, 1913, P. L. 1270, entitled "An act providing for the erection of a dam at the outlet of Pymatuning swamp, and the establishment of a reservoir to conserve the waters thereof; providing for the taking of land and materials necessary thereto; vesting certain powers and duties in the water supply commission; and making an appropriation", and did duly complete said work, whereby there was created a lake or reservoir, now known and hereinafter called Pymatuning Lake, extending in part across the boundary line between said states of Ohio and Pennsylvania into the state of Ohio, and
Whereas, The primary purposes of the project by which said lake was created was to conserve water draining said swamp, all of which has its source in Pennsylvania, as well as control floods and regulate the flow of water in the Shenango and Beaver rivers, and secondary thereto, permit the water and the land surrounding the same to be used for fishing, hunting, recreation and park purposes, under such terms and conditions as the water and power resources board might determine, in such way or ways as in the opinion of the said board will not materially interfere with the primary purpose in said acts of assembly and hereinbefore specifically referred to, and
Whereas, In view of the fact that a certain part of the lake extends into the state of Ohio, whereby it is necessary and desirable that the use of the lake for the secondary purposes, namely, hunting, fishing, and recreational use, be uniformly provided for, as well as to guard against inconvenience and mischiefs which might hereafter arise from the uncertainty of jurisdiction within and on said lake, to the end that the lake may be adequately policed and conflicts of jurisdiction for the arrest and punishment of offenders be avoided.
Now, then, therefore, in order that law and justice may in all such cases be executed and take effect upon said lake from shore to shore in all parts and places thereof where the lake is a boundary between said states, the said parties hereto do agree for and in behalf of their respective states in the manner following:
1. General use. It is hereby agreed that the entire Pymatuning lake or reservoir, subject to the primary use thereof by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania for regulating the flow of the water in the Shenango and Beaver rivers as in paragraph 9 hereinafter more specifically mentioned, shall be open for recreational use equally to the citizens of both contracting parties, save as restricted as to hunting, fishing, and boating in this agreement set forth, or hereafter mutually agreed upon by both parties but no person shall be permitted to hunt or fish therein or thereon unless the lawful holder of a fishing or hunting license, authorizing the holder so to do, issued by the proper authorities of Pennsylvania or of Ohio.
2. Arrest and prosecution of offenders. That each state shall enjoy and exercise a concurrent jurisdiction upon the water (but not upon the dry land), between the shores of said lake, including the islands therein, with respect to the arrest and prosecution of offenders, but in such sort that any boat or vessel fastened to or aground on the shore of either state shall be considered exclusively within the jurisdiction of said state; but that all capital and other offenses, trespasses, or damages committed on or over said lake, the judicial investigation and determination thereof shall be exclusively vested in the state wherein the offender or person charged with such offense shall be first apprehended, arrested, prosecuted, or first brought to trial; it being the intent of this agreement that an offender may be pursued and arrested anywhere on or over said lake or shores thereof or islands therein, regardless of the boundary lines, by any peace officers or persons of either state authorized to make arrests, whether the offenses be committed on or over any part of the lake, on the shores or islands therein, regardless of the state in which the place where the offense was committed lies.
3. Islands. All islands within the lake shall be considered as part of the state of Pennsylvania.
4. Pollution of water. The lake shall be forever protected against pollution of its waters by industrial trade waste, individual, or municipal sewage from shore or boat, and the discharge of any noxious or deleterious substance, liquid or solid, into the waters of the lake which is or may become inimical, or injurious, to public health or to animal or aquatic life is hereby expressly forbidden.
No sewage may be discharged into the waters of the lake except after complete treatment and then only upon permit first approved by the health department of both states.
5. Watercraft. No person shall operate any watercraft propelled by a single motor, or any combination of motors, that produces a horsepower rating in excess of twenty horsepower on Pymatuning Lake, except police or administration watercraft, the number of which shall be mutually agreed upon by the parties hereto.
No person shall operate a watercraft without first obtaining a license from the respective state of which the owner is a resident under such regulations as each party to this agreement may now have or hereafter adopt. Provided nevertheless that the use of any type of watercraft equipped with a motor is expressly limited and restricted to that portion of the lake extending from the main dam near Jamestown northwardly to the causeway at or near Linesville. Watercraft equipped with a motor in excess of a twenty horsepower rating may be operated on said lake so long as such motor is not used.
No person shall ride or attempt to ride upon one or more water skis, surfboards, towed inflatable devices, or similar devices or use or operate any watercraft to tow a person thereon.
Nothing contained in this subdivision shall be interpreted to effect a change in the level or flow of water as determined or fixed by the department of conservation and natural resources.
Any one who violates any of the provisions of this subdivision shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced in accordance with the applicable laws for the same or similar violations within the prosecuting jurisdiction, provided that the penalty for said violation shall not exceed a fine of five hundred dollars or imprisonment for thirty days.
6. Fishing. Any person possessing a duly issued fishing license by either state shall be permitted to fish anywhere on the entire lake (except such portion thereof as is closed to fishing by paragraph 8 hereof or such further portion as may hereafter by regulation be mutually agreed to by the parties hereto), but no fisher shall be entitled to fish from the shores of the state of which the fisher is a nonresident unless the fisher complies with the nonresident fishing license law of said state.
In order to permit the fish to fully propagate and develop, no part of the lake shall be open for fishing until July 1, 1937, and thereafter shall be closed in each year between December 10 and June 30.
Unless otherwise mutually agreed to by both parties hereto, the creel, size, and season limits for the respective kinds of fish caught shall be such as may hereafter be agreed upon between the two states.
7. Reciprocal hunting rights. Reciprocal hunting rights are hereby granted to the licensed hunters of each state on the water of that portion of the lake, both in Pennsylvania and Ohio, over the area bounded on the south by an east and west line crossing the state boundary 0.5 of a mile north of Simons, Ohio, and on the north by a line drawn between the point at which the Padanaram road crosses the state boundary and a point formerly known as the Polleck bridge, but such reciprocal hunting rights hereby granted shall extend only to such wild migratory birds as are covered by the federal migratory bird treaty and federal laws adopted thereunder.
Hunting in such portions of the lake as are not included in the area above described and designated shall be and remain under the jurisdiction of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
No permanent blinds shall be erected anywhere on the lake and shores thereof, but this provision shall not be interpreted as forbidding the use of a boat as a blind temporarily moored to or grounded on the shore of the lake or islands thereof.
8. Wild game and fish sanctuaries.
A. The game commission of the state of Pennsylvania, having established a wild migratory bird and game sanctuary or refuge in that part of the lake located southeast of the Pennsylvania railroad crossing, it is expressly agreed that nothing herein contained shall be interpreted as entitling the residents of either state, whether licensed to fish or hunt, or otherwise, to fish in, hunt, trespass, or enter upon said sanctuary for any purpose whatsoever. Anyone so doing shall become amenable to prosecution therefor under the game laws of the state of Pennsylvania applicable to game refuges.
B. The conservation division of the department of agriculture of the state of Ohio, having established a fish sanctuary and game refuge in the following portion of the lake:
Being the southerly parts of lots Nos. 79 and 80, Richmond township; all of lot No. 41, and all of lot No. 42, except the westerly 1000 feet thereof, in Andover township, Ashtabula county, Ohio:
Beginning at a point in the west line of lot No. 79, that is 1523 feet south of the north line of lot No. 79; also being the center line of Padanaram road; thence southerly along the county highway along the westerly side of lot No. 79, 1869.5 feet to the north line of Andover township; thence westerly along the northerly line of Andover township, 939.7 feet to the northwest corner of lot No. 41; thence southerly along the highway that marks the westerly line of lot No. 41, 2809.8 feet to the north line of lot No. 42; thence easterly along the north line of lot No. 42, 1000 feet to a point; thence in a southerly direction parallel to and 1000 feet easterly from the westerly line of lot No. 42, 2734 feet, more or less, to the southerly line of lot No. 42; thence easterly along the said southerly line of lot No. 42, 5180.4 feet to the Ohio and Pennsylvania state line; thence northerly along the said Ohio and Pennsylvania state line, 7297.6 feet, more or less, to a point that is 1523 feet southerly from the north line of lot No. 80; thence in a westerly direction, 1523 feet southerly from and parallel to the north lines of lots Nos. 79 and 80, 5260 feet, more or less, to the place of beginning.
It is expressly agreed that nothing herein contained shall be interpreted as entitling the residents of either state, whether licensed to fish or otherwise, to fish in, hunt, trespass, or enter upon said sanctuary for any purpose whatsoever. Anyone so doing shall become amenable to prosecution therefor under the laws of the state of Ohio applicable thereto.
9. Reservation of Pennsylvania's right to the body of the water. It is expressly agreed that nothing herein contained shall operate to deny, limit, or restrict the right of the water and power resources board of Pennsylvania, or any authority established hereafter by said state to exercise such power, to at any time now or hereafter, raise or draw off so much of the waters of the lake as in its sole judgment may be necessary to maintain or regulate the flow of the Shenango and Beaver rivers in furtherance of the primary purpose for which said lake was established, and said water and power resources board shall, without let or hindrance, have the full right irrespective of other considerations, to release so much of the water as they may deem proper to maintain the flow of the Shenango and Beaver rivers, irrespective of its effect on the level of the lake or use thereof for other purposes.
Effective Date: 10-20-1994; 05-17-2006; 2008 SB271 06-13-2008
The director of natural resources, as successor to the conservation commissioner mentioned in the compact set forth in section 1541.31 of the Revised Code, shall be administrator of said compact.
Effective Date: 04-18-1961
There is hereby created in the division of parks and recreation an Ohio parks and recreation council, which shall consist of seven members to be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. By reason of vocation, employment, or affiliation one of the members shall be classed as a representative of municipal parks, one as a representative of metropolitan park districts, one as a representative of conservancy districts, one as a representative of soil and water conservation districts, one as a representative of private recreational facilities, and two as representatives of the public.
Terms of office shall be for three years, commencing on the first day of February and ending on the thirty-first day of January. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of that term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.
The council shall annually select from among its members a chairperson and a vice-chairperson.
Members of the council shall receive no compensation, but shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties as members of the council.
The council shall hold at least one regular meeting in each quarter of each calendar year, and shall keep a record of its proceedings, which shall be open to the public for inspection. Special meetings may be called by the chairperson, and shall be called by the chairperson upon receipt of a written request therefor signed by two or more members of the council. A written notice of the time and place of each meeting shall be sent to each member of the council. A majority of the members of the council shall constitute a quorum.
The chief of the division of parks and recreation shall act as secretary of the council. Technical, legal, and other services required by the council in the performance of its official duties shall be furnished by the personnel of the division of parks and recreation.
The governor may remove any member of the council at any time for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office.
Effective Date: 08-21-1973; 04-06-2007
For the purpose of assisting in the development of recreational facilities throughout the state for public use, the Ohio parks and recreation council may:
(A) Advise with and recommend to the chief of the division of parks and recreation the development of broad park and recreation policies for the state and the formulation of a long range plan to implement them;
(B) Make a continuing appraisal of the total state park and recreation needs and adequacy of current efforts to meet them, including the planning, programming, and financing thereof;
(C) Advise with and recommend to the chief the co-ordination of related park and recreation programs administered by all units of government and by private enterprise;
(D) Advise with and recommend to the chief policies and programs for the division of parks and recreation, including the acquisition of lands for parks and recreational development, and the development of the criteria therefor;
(E) Advise with and recommend to the chief the standards and criteria to be established as a basis for extending financial assistance to local subdivisions of the state for the acquisition of recreational lands and facilities;
(F) Advise with and recommend the encouragement of private park and recreational development;
(G) Have access to all information, statistics, plans, and data which any governmental agency within the state has available and which the council deems pertinent in reviewing plans and programs for the development of parks and recreational facilities.
Effective Date: 03-18-1969
On receipt of a notice pursuant to section 3123.43 of the Revised Code, the chief of the division of parks and recreation shall comply with sections 3123.41 to 3123.50 of the Revised Code and any applicable rules adopted under section 3123.63 of the Revised Code with respect to a license issued pursuant to this chapter.
Effective Date: 03-22-2001
Effective Date: 09-22-2000