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Rule 1501:46-9-03 | Camping administration.


(A) Any person camping in any designated camp area shall have that person's campsite registered with the division. Any person entering and camping on a campsite prior to six a.m. shall pay the fee listed in rule 1501:46-2-11 of the Administrative Code for the preceding day in addition to paying fees for the date of entering and subsequent days of stay.

(B) Display of the issued camping permit shall be made in a conspicuous location upon the tent or trailer or other location on the site designated by the area manager and so posted in the camp check station office, except when numbered site posts are provided, in which case, the permit shall be affixed thereto.

(C) Except with the permission of the area manager, only water supply lines with an approved anti-siphon valve may be hooked up to any plumbing outlet in a campground.

(D) Occupancy for any campsite is limited to not more than six persons. In the case of a family with several children, the area manager may make exceptions to this limit.

(E) A campsite may contain no more than:

(1) Three tents; or

(2) One bus, travel trailer, horse trailer, house vehicle, motor home, station wagon, motorcycle, car, truck, van, or pickup camper, in combination with one or two tents.

Subject to space availability, two vehicles which includes a tow vehicle for a trailer are allowed per campsite, except that no more than three motorcycles may be parked on the site parking pad in lieu of other vehicles. In those campsites that can accommodate additional vehicles as determined by the area manager, additional vehicles may be parked at the site. The number of additional vehicles will be determined by the area manager and posted in accordance with rule 1501:46-3-01 of the Administrative Code. This paragraph does not apply to a group camp site.

(F) Each camping unit in a campground are to be located upon the site so as to provide the following proper distances:

(1) A minimum distance of at least five feet between each of the camping units located on the same site.

(2) A minimum distance of at least ten feet between all camping units located on adjacent sites.

(G) Camp area visiting hours are from six a.m. to ten p.m. daily. The visiting hours may be extended by the area manager up to eleven p.m. daily. Such extension is to be posted in accordance with rule 1501:46-3-01 of the Administrative Code by the area manager. Visitors to controlled camp area must obtain a visitor permit. Visitors desiring to investigate the area prior to camping must obtain this same permit. Upon departure the visitor must return said pass permit.

(H) Maximum number of persons camping at a "rent-a-camp" site is limited to four adults or two adults and four juveniles.

(I) Every person who camps in a horseman's camping area shall register his camping unit and every horse brought into such area.

(J) For the purposes of this rule "area manager" is the person designated by the chief to manage a state park area.

(K) It is unlawful for any person to violate the provisions in this rule.

Last updated April 10, 2024 at 3:48 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 1546.04
Amplifies: 1546.02, 1546.04
Five Year Review Date: 11/27/2024
Prior Effective Dates: 6/14/1975, 5/16/1982, 3/18/1988, 3/1/1993, 2/27/1994, 3/1/1996, 3/1/1997, 5/17/2000, 3/1/2006, 12/15/2014, 1/26/2018, 7/9/2022