The Division of Parks & Watercraft in Ohio, in addition to being responsible for boating education, registration and safety, is a landholding division. The division has authority over state parks, many of which have inland lakes as large as 12,700 acres. In many places there is private property that ends at the shoreline of state operated lakes. I have been asked to determine how many other states have similar situations? I assume that in many cases your state may own the entire shoreline with private property well removed from the water's edge.
I am also interested to know if your state does have private property at the water's edge at state lakes, do you permit channel construction to the main pool for private development and what process you have for reviewing applications?
Thanks in advance for any response.
Scott Fletcher, CPM, CPRP
Boating Law Administrator
Ohio State Parks & Watercraft
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