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Canal Lands Program
Canal Lands Program

Purchase or Transfer of Ohio Canal Lands

The mission for the Canal Lands program is to protect historically significant canal lands that promote recreational use, ecological benefits and cultural values while acknowledging the importance of economic development, ownership rights and ODNR operational efficiencies.

The approved Canal Lands Real Estate Policy and Guidelines for Canal Lands Real Estate Review (July 2017) describe the process for canal land requests. Per the policy, requests are posted to this website for a review and comment period. Comments will be received via the email address below.

The Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources retains "exclusive authority to administer, manage and establish policies governing Canal Lands" (ORC 1520.02), "except those canals that are operated by the Ohio History Connection on July 1, 1989" (ORC 1520.03)