Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft



The Division of Watercraft is responsible for boating safety, education, and law enforcement on all waters of the state. This statewide area includes the near-shore area along 451 miles of the Ohio River, approximately half the entire surface area of Lake Erie, more than 200 inland lakes, and over 60,000 miles of inland streams, rivers, and other waterways.

The Division administers and enforces all laws regarding identification, numbering, titling, use, and operation of recreational boats on Ohio?s waters. It conducts water safety education programs and develops boating facilities on major water areas of the state. A total of 166 permanent employees provide service in the form of law enforcement patrols, homeland security, emergency first response, registration and titling services, educational programs and grants, professional training, boating access facility grants, vessel inspections, aids to navigation, and technical assistance.

Mission: The Division of Watercraft shall provide the finest boating services, facilities, protection, and education for users of Ohio's waterways through the innovative and wise use of our resources.
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