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Horsepower Restrictions for Boats on Inland Lakes

This is not a complete list of horsepower restrictions for all Ohio waterways. This list contains information on waterways with state-adopted horsepower restrictions. Waterways listed with an asterisk do not have state-adopted regulations, but are horsepower limited as listed based on the most recent information we have received from the managing agency.

There are hundreds of additional waterways in the state of Ohio where the local agency or organization that manages a waterway establishes area-specific rules that have not been requested for adoption by the state. 

If you are unsure of boating rules on a local body of water it is always prudent to check with the local city, township, county, or other governing body to find out what local restrictions might be in place.

No Motors 

These lakes do not allow motorized boats:

Campbell Lakes (Great Parks of Hamilton County) - no sailboats allowed
Green Pine Lake (Punderson State Park) - non-powered sailboats permitted
Kiser Lake (Champaign County) - non-powered sailboats permitted
Stump Lake (Punderson State Park) - non-powered sailboats permitted

Electric Motors Only

Adams Lake (Adams County)
Amanns Reservoir (Morrow County)
Amicks Reservoir (Morrow County)
Archbold Reservoir (Fulton County)
Barnesville Res. #2, #3, or #4 (Belmont County)
Beaver Creek Reservoir (Seneca County)
Bellevue Reservoirs (Huron County)
Belmont Lake (Belmont County)
Big Island Wildlife Area (Marion County)
* Bresler Reservoir (Allen County)
Caldwell Lake (Ross County)
Cambridge Reservoir (Guernsey County)
Cinnamon Lake (Ashland County)
Circleville Canal (Pickaway County)
Cooper Hollow Wildlife Area (Jackson County)
Crooksville Reservoir 1 & 2 (Morgan County)
Crooksville Reservoir 3 (Perry County)
Cutler Lake (Muskingum County)
Darke Wildlife Area (Darke County)
Deer Creek Lake (Stark County)
Deer Creek Wildlife Area (Pickaway, Fayette, Madison counties)
Delaware Wildlife Area (Delaware, Morrow, Marion counties)
Delta Reservoir 1 & 2 (Fulton County)
Deshler Reservoir 1, 2, & 3 (Henry County)
East Branch Reservoir (Geauga County)*
Fallsville Wildlife Area (Highland County)
Ferguson Reservoir (Allen County)
Findlay Reservoir #1 (Hancock County)
Findley Lake (Lorain County)
France Lake (Hardin County)
Grand River Wildlife Area (Trumbull County)
Hammertown City Reservoir (Jackson County)
Hargus Lake (Pickaway County)
Hebron Canal (Licking and Fairfield counties)
Hinckley Lake (Medina County)
Indian Creek Wildlife Area (Brown County)
Ismond Pond (Columbia County)
Jefferson Lake (Jefferson County)
La Due Reservoir (Geauga County)*
Lake Alma (Vinton County)
Lake Hodgson (Portage County)
Lake Hope (Vinton County)
Lake Sue (Williams County)
Lake Vesuvius (Lawrence County)
Lost Creek Reservoir (Allen County)
Madison Lake (Madison County)
Miller Blue Hole (Sandusky County)
Mineral Springs Lake (Adams County)
Mogadore Reservoir (Portage County)*
Mt. Gilead Lakes (Morrow County)
New Lexington City Reservoir (Perry County)
New London Reservoir (Huron County)
Nimisila Reservoir (Summit County)
Norwalk Lower Reservoir (Huron County)
Oak Hill Reservoir (Jackson County)
Oakthorpe Lake (Fairfield County)
Oberlin Reservoir (Lorain County)
Oldaker Pond Wildlife Area (Highland County)
Orwell Pond Wildlife Area (Ashtabula County)
Ottoville Quarry Wildlife Area (Putnam County)
Paulding Ponds Wildlife Area (Paulding County)
Paulding Reservoir (Paulding County)
Pike Lake (Pike County)
Pine Lake (Vinton County)
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Area (Ross County)
Powers Reservoir (Crawford County)
Punderson Lake (Geauga County)
Raccoon Creek Reservoir (Sandusky County)
Roosevelt Lake (Scioto County)
Ruff Pond Wildlife Area (Columbiana County)
Salem Reservoir (Columbiana County)
Slope Creek Reservoir (Belmont County)
Spring Valley Wildlife Area (Warren County)
Stewart Lake (Ross County)
Stonelick Reservoir (Clermont County)
Swanton Reservoir (Lucas County)
Timbre Ridge Lake (Lawrence County)
Tranquility Wildlife Area (Adams County)
Trimble Wildlife Area (Athens County)
Upper Sandusky Reservoir (Wyandot County)
Van Buren Lake (Hancock County)
Van Wert Reservoir (Van Wert County)
Walhonding Canal (Coshocton County)
Waterloo Wildlife Area (Athens County)
Waterloo Lake (Jackson And Pike Counties)
Wellington Reservoir (Lorain County)
Wellington Upground Reservoir (Lorain County)
Wellston Lake (Jackson County)
Willard Reservoir (Huron County)
Wolf Creek Wildlife Area (Morgan County)
Woodbury Wildlife Area (Coshocton County)

Under 10 HP Limit

4 HP

Miami Whitewater Forest Lake (Great Parks of Hamilton County)
Sharon Woods Lake (Great Parks of Hamilton County)

6 HP

Winton Woods Lake (Great Parks of Hamilton County)
Ohio Power Recreation Area- Lake #40 (Morgan County)

10 HP Limit

Acton Lake (Butler & Preble Counties)*
Beach City Lake (Tuscarawas County)
Burr Oak Lake (Morgan County)*
Charles Mill Lake (Richland County)
Clark Lake (Clark County)
Clendening Lake (Harrison County)
Clouse Lake (Perry County)
Cowan Lake (Clinton County)
Dow Lake (Athens County)
Forked Run Lake (Meigs County)*
Fox Lake (Athens County)
Grant Lake (Brown County)
Greenfield Lake Wildlife Area (Fairfield County)
Guilford Lake (Columbiana County)
Highlandtown Lake Wildlife Area (Columbiana County)
Jackson Lake (Jackson County)*
Jockey Hollow Wildlife Area (Harrison County)
Knox Lake (Knox County)*
Lake Ann (Williams County)
Lake Cable (Stark County)
Lake La Vere (Williams County)
Lake Logan (Hocking County)
Lake Mel (Williams County)
Lake Rupert (Vinton County)*
Leesville Lake (Carroll County)
Monroe Lake (Monroe County)
Odell Lake (Holmes County)
Lakes in Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area (Defiance County) except Oxbow Lake, which has a "No Wake" speed rule.
Piedmont Lake (Belmont County)
Rockmill Wildlife Area (Fairfield County)
Rush Creek Reservoir (Fairfield and Perry counties)
Rush Run Lake (Preble County)
Sippo Lake (Stark County)
Veto Lake (Washington County)
Walborn Reservoir (Stark County)
Wills Creek Reservoir (Coshocton County)
Wolf Run Reservoir (Noble County)
Zepernick Lake Wildlife Area (Columbiana County)

*Boats with higher horsepower are permitted at these lakes as long as they are operated at idle speed/no wake.

20-25 HP Limit

20 Horsepower Limit: Pymatuning Lake (Ashtabula County)

25 Horsepower Limit: 
Atwood Lake (Carroll County)
Austin Lake (Jefferson County)
Outhwaite Reservoir (Crawford County)

250 HP and Greater

250 Horsepower Limit: Springfield Lake (Summit County)

399 Horsepower Limit:
Chippewa Lake (Medina County)
Seneca Lake (Guernsey County)
Tappan Lake (Harrison County)

400 Horsepower Limit: Portage Lakes (Summit County)

"No Wake" Speed Restriction

All watercraft must operate at no-wake speed.

Acton Lake (Preble/Butler Counties)  only applies to boats with greater than 10HP
Aldrich Pond Wildlife Area (Sandusky County)
Aquillla Lake Wildlife Area (Geauga County)
Burr Oak Lake (Morgan County)  only applies to boats with greater than 10HP
Clearfork Reservoir (Richland & Morrow Counties)
Forked Run Lake (Meigs County)  only applies to boats with greater than 10HP
Fulton Pond (Fulton County)
Harrison Lake (Fulton County)
Jackson Lake (Jackson County)  only applies to boats with greater than 10HP
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area (Wyandot County)
Knox Lake (Knox County)  only applies to boats with greater than 10HP
Lakes on La Su An Wildlife Area (Williams County)
Lake Rupert/Wellston Wildlife Area (Vinton County)  only applies to boat with greater than 10HP
Lake Snowden (Athens County)
New Lyme Wildlife Area (Ashtabula County)
Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area (Defiance County)
Resthaven Wildlife Area (Erie and Sandusky counties)
Ross Lake Wildlife Area (Ross County)
Shreve Lake Wildlife Area (Wayne County)
Spencer Lake Wildlife Area (Medina County)
St. Joseph River Wildlife Area (Williams County)
Turkey Creek Lake (Scioto County)
Tycoon Lake Wildlife Area (Gallia County)
Wayne H. Carr Lake (Paulding County)
Wingfoot Lake (Portage County)

No Restrictions

These lakes are "unlimited" horsepower  there is no restriction to the size of motor allowed.

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County)
Berlin Reservoir (Portage County)
Buckeye Lake (Fairfield County)
Caesar Creek Reservoir (Warren County)
C.J. Brown Reservoir (Clark County)
Deer Creek Lake (Pickaway County)
Delaware Lake (Delaware County)
Dillon Reservoir (Muskingum County)
Eastwood Lake (Montgomery County)
Grand Lake St. Marys (Auglaize County)
Harsha Lake (Clermont County)
Indian Lake (Logan County)
Lake Loramie (Shelby County)
Lake Milton (Mahoning County)
Lake White (Pike County)
Michael J. Kirwan Lake (Portage County)
Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County)
Nettle Lake (Williams County)
O'Shaughnessy Reservoir (Delaware County)
Paint Creek Lake (Highland County)
Pleasant Hill Lake (Richland County)
Rocky Fork Lake (Highland County)
Salt Fork Reservoir (Guernsey County)

No Watercraft Permitted

These lakes do not allow watercraft of any type:

Barnesville Reservoir #1
Tinkers Creek