Ohio State Parks Boat Dock Lottery Deadline Quickly Approaching

Boat owners wishing to rent a public boat dock at several popular Ohio State Park lakes have until Friday, August 31 to enter lottery drawings used to select renters for available docks, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Lottery drawings for public boat dock rentals will be held in September at Alum Creek, Buck Creek, Cleveland Lakefront, Deer Creek, Delaware, Lake Milton, Middle Bass Island, Paint Creek, Rocky Fork and West Branch State Parks. Application forms are available through individual park offices.

Completed forms may be submitted in person to the respective parks by Friday, August 31 or sent by certified mail/return receipt. Only one application per boat is permitted, and the application must be submitted by the boat owner. Lottery applicants must be able to show current proof of boat ownership or lease at the time of entry and may be required to show a photo ID. Boats titled to dealerships are not eligible.

The drawings are held on or before the third Saturday in September. Applicants do not need to be present to win, and the winning lottery applicants will be notified by the state park. People selected by the lottery are entitled to renewal privileges for up to five years.

Contact the individual park offices for specific details on allowable boat sizes, dock amenities and dock rental fees as well as other application procedures.

In addition to the parks conducting the September lotteries, several state parks have seasonal docks available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. They include A.W. Marion and Buckeye Lake in central Ohio; East Harbor, Grand Lake St. Marys, Indian Lake, Kiser Lake, Lake Loramie and Mary Jane Thurston in northwest Ohio; Geneva, Guilford Lake, Punderson and West Branch in northeast Ohio; Burr Oak, Dillon, Salt Fork and Shawnee in southeast Ohio; and Caesar Creek, Cowan Lake and Hueston Woods in southwest Ohio.

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