5. Safe Boat Operation

Ohio’s Firearm Restrictions and Concealed Carry Laws

Firearm Restrictions for Boaters in Ohio Except for persons legally engaged in hunting, no person shall discharge a firearm while in or on a vessel. Except for persons legally engaged in hunting OR persons legally licensed to carry a concealed handgun, no person shall transport or have a loaded firearm in a vessel in such […]

Ohio’s Law Enforcement Authority

Within the area of their jurisdiction, Ohio’s boating laws are enforced by: Sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, marshals, deputy marshals, municipal police officers, township police constables, wildlife officers, park or conservancy district officers, or other law enforcement officers. Law enforcement officers in Ohio have the authority to stop, inspect and board any recreational boat. Stopping or Yielding […]

Reckless Boat Operation in Ohio

It is illegal in the state of Ohio to operate any boat, or manipulate any waterskis or similar device, without due caution, in a heedless or careless manner, so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person. No person shall operate or permit operation of a boat in an unsafe manner. Unsafe […]

Boating and Alcohol Laws in Ohio

It is illegal for a person to operate or to be in physical control of any boat that is underway, or to manipulate any waterskis or similar device, if the person is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (including prescription drugs). In Ohio, a person is considered to be under the influence if: They […]

Ohio’s Litter Laws

Littering Prohibited No operator or occupants shall discard litter improperly from any vessel, regardless of intent. No operator shall allow litter to be discarded. Refuse Disposal Prohibited No person shall discard litter on land, in a waterway or on the bank of a waterway where it could be washed into the water. Marine Sanitation Devices […]

Pennsylvania’s Locks and Dams

There are locks and dams located on the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers, in and near Pittsburgh. The locks in Pennsylvania are built and maintained by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, and provide a means for passing vessels to navigate through the dams. Entering and Exiting Pennsylvania’s Locks When entering or exiting a lock […]

Pennsylvania’s Muffler Requirements and Noise Level Laws

Muffler Requirements in Pennsylvania The exhaust of every engine used on a motorized boat must be effectively muffled by equipment designed to muffle or suppress the noise of the exhaust in a reasonable manner. Boat exhaust systems may not be modified in any manner that will reduce or eliminate the effectiveness of the muffler or […]

Reckless Boat Operation in Pennsylvania

It is illegal in the state of Pennsylvania to operate any boat or to manipulate any water-skis, aquaplane or similar device in a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person. Examples of reckless boat operation in Pennsylvania include: Operating in a designated swimming area. Weaving […]

Boating and Alcohol Laws in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s Boating and Alcohol Laws No person shall operate any boat on Pennsylvania waters while they are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination thereof. Alcohol is prohibited on land and water at all state parks and at most U.S. Army Corps of Engineer projects. In Pennsylvania, a person is considered to be […]

Idaho’s Aquatic Invasive Species and Litter Laws

Aquatic  Invasive Species The spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) like Quagga Mussels, Zebra Mussels, Eurasion Watermilfoil and New Zealand Mud Snails, pose a risk to Idaho’s native aquatic wildlife, ecosystems and to all of Idaho’s water-based recreation. Idaho’s most common ANS include the zebra mussel (a small, striped, shell, or mollusk) and the Eurasion […]