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Chapter 1501:46-7 | Hours of Operation and Recreational Activities

 
 
 
Rule
Rule 1501:46-7-01 | 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 or other administrative rules of the division.

(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 any of the following state park areas:

(1) John Bryan state park;

(2) Headlands Beach state park;

(3) Nelson Kennedy Ledges state park;

(4) Hocking Hills state park;

(5) The Hosak Cave area at Salt Fork state park;

(6) The Gorge Overlook area and Lyons Falls trail at Mohican state park;

(7) The boardwalk at Maumee Bay state park;

(8) The Lusk Lock and Sprucevale day use areas at Beaver Creek state park;

(9) 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 1501:47-3-21 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 an 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 any of the following areas one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise without written permission from the chief of the division or the chief's designee:

(1) The day use area trails at John Bryan;

(2) The day use area trails at Nelson Kennedy Ledges;

(3) The Gorge Overlook area and Lyons Falls trail at Mohican state park;

(4) The day use hiking trails and picnic areas at Hocking Hills;

(5) The boardwalk at Maumee bay state park;

(6) The Lusk Lock and Sprucevale day use areas at Beaver creek state park;

(7) The Mount Jeez area and the Butternut trail at Malabar farm state park.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1546.04
Amplifies: 1546.02
Five Year Review Date: 5/8/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 5/16/1982, 4/1/1998, 12/15/2014
Rule 1501:46-7-02 | 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.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1546.04
Amplifies: 1546.02, 1546.04
Five Year Review Date: 5/8/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 12/3/1976
Rule 1501:46-7-03 | Swimming prohibited; exceptions.
 

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

(B) Not withstanding paragraph (A) of this rule, no person shall swim, dive, wade or bathe more than sixty feet from a private dock, private moorage, or other private structure authorized under rule 1501:46-2-08 of the Administrative Code and constructed along the shoreline of Grand lake St. Marys, Indian lake, lake Loramie, Buckeye lake, the Portage lakes, Guilford lake, lake Milton or lake White or from privately owned shore adjacent to waters managed by the division. It shall be unlawful for any person to swim, dive, wade, or bathe from the shoreline of any private or public lands contiguous to any channel carrying heavy boat traffic on the lakes named in this paragraph.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1546.04
Amplifies: 1546.02, 1546.04
Five Year Review Date: 5/8/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 12/15/2014
Rule 1501:46-7-04 | 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 wearable 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 being used in accordance with the labeling or users manual, properly secured, is the proper size and is undamaged. Suitable flotation devices may be used in conjunction with self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (S.C.U.B.A.) by persons engaged in scuba diving or skin diving when flotation devices are necessary to said activity. Float fishing tubes are permitted when used in accordance with rule 1501:46-15-15 of the Administrative Code. Children may use flotation devices in division wading pools when the child is being supervised by an adult.

(C) Persons shall use adequate and effective coast guard approved wearable personal flotation devices while being towed by a vessel in a ski zone or open zone in accordance with section 1547.18 of the Revised Code. Adequate and effective coast guard approved wearble personal flotation devices shall also be used by persons being towed by a vessel traveling at idle speed in a designated no wake zone in compliance with division (C) of section 1547.14 of the Revised Code.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1546.04
Amplifies: 1546.02, 1547.14, 1547.18
Five Year Review Date: 5/8/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 4/14/1989, 3/1/1995, 11/7/2008
Rule 1501:46-7-05 | 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. 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.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1546.04
Amplifies: 1546.02, 1546.04
Five Year Review Date: 1/10/2024
Prior Effective Dates: 5/16/1982
Rule 1501:46-7-06 | Snorkel and scuba diving prohibited: exceptions.
 

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.) 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 Pike lake
lake Logan Burr Oaklake
Guilford lake Findlay lake
Madison lake Mt. Gilead lake
Stonelick lake Forked Runlake
lake White Wolf Run lake
Adams lake Jefferson lake
Kiser lake Pundersonlake
lake Hope
Belmont lake (Barkcamp state park)
Cutler lake (Blue Rock statepark)
Acton lake (Hueston Woods state park)
Caldwell lake and Stewart lake (SciotoTrail state park)
Pine lake (Tar Hollow state park)
Turkey Creek lake (Shawnee statepark)
Dow lake (Strouds Run state park)
Dillon lake (north of no wake buoysonly)
Buck Creek lake (designated area - no wake zone)
Alum Creek lake (designatedarea - no wake zone)
Caesers Creek lake - (designated area - no wake zone)

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1546.04
Amplifies: 1546.02
Five Year Review Date: 5/8/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 7/1/1980
Rule 1501:46-7-07 | 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 one thousand feet of any dam or outlet structures at Burr Oak and Acton lake.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1546.04
Amplifies: 1546.02
Five Year Review Date: 5/8/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 3/1/1993
Rule 1501:46-7-08 | 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.

(A) 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.

(B) Not withstanding paragraph (A) of this rule, metal detecting is permitted without written permission on sand beach area and mowed areas, except mowed areas associated with a golf course, rental facility, or campground. Any area disturbed by the activity shall immediately be returned to a condition as close to undisturbed as possible.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1546.04
Amplifies: 1546.02, 1546.04
Five Year Review Date: 5/8/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 12/15/2014
Rule 1501:46-7-09 | 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 the area manager's authorized representative.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1546.04
Amplifies: 1546.02
Five Year Review Date: 5/8/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/1975
Rule 1501:46-7-10 | 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 the area manager's authorized representative.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1546.04
Amplifies: 1546.02
Five Year Review Date: 5/8/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/1975
Rule 1501:46-7-11 | 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.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1546.04
Amplifies: 1546.02, 1546.04
Five Year Review Date: 5/8/2025
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/1975
Rule 1501:46-7-12 | 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.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1546.04
Amplifies: 1546.02, 1546.04
Five Year Review Date: 5/8/2025