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People Swimming in the Swim Area

A vessel shall be operated in a reasonable and prudent manner at all times. Ohio law prohibits reckless operation of a boat or a PWC.

  • No person shall operate a vessel, water ski, or similar device:
    • Carelessly or heedlessly
    • Without due caution
    • In disregard of the rights or safety of any person, vessel, or property
    • At a rate of speed or in a manner so as to endanger any person, vessel, or property
  • No person shall operate or permit operation of a vessel in an unsafe manner. Unsafe operation includes:
    • Becoming airborne while crossing the wake of another vessel within 100 feet or an unsafe distance
    • Operating at a speed or in proximity to a vessel or person being towed so as to require either vessel to swerve to avoid collision
    • Operating less than 200 feet behind a water-skier
    • Weaving through congested traffic
  • Operators of belly boats, kiteboards, paddleboards, and sailboards also must follow the navigation rules and obey all operating laws.
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