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Activities Not Allowed at Ohio State Parks

The most common topics are found below. Ohio Administrative Code 1501:46-3 lists more prohibitions.

Alcohol Prohibited

Alcohol is prohibited in public areas in every state park. Alcohol may be consumed within the confines and privacy afforded in a cabin, cabin site, lodge room, rented campsite, or in those areas designated by the chief of Ohio State Parks. Exceptions to this include resort lodge restaurants and lounges, which provide complete beverage service. In addition, the golf course pro shops at Deer Creek, Hueston Woods, Maumee Bay, Punderson, and Salt Fork offer limited beverage service. The State of Ohio legal age for possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is 21 years of age.

ATVs and APVs Not Permitted

These vehicles are not allowed to be operated in Ohio State Parks. The Ohio Division of Forestry manages APV riding areas in four state forests; the Division of Wildlife offers APV hunting permits for . The Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio has a designated ATV area; it is a federal public property and not run by the State of Ohio or Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Collecting Firewood in the Park Prohibited

Collecting firewood and use of chainsaws is prohibited in state parks. Most state parks offer firewood for sale. Occasionally in the winter season, trees are felled by park employees for maintenance and safety reasons, and this wood is available free to the public. Watch for local, seasonal notices.

Please DO NOT bring your own firewood. Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio Department of Agriculture are trying to stop the spread of invasive species and would prefer you get your firewood locally. Firewood is offered for sale at most Ohio State Parks or otherwise available from local private vendors near each park.

Rafts & Pool Toys Not Permitted at Park Swim Areas

The only flotation devices allowed at state park beaches are U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.