Did You Know…

When you sell a watercraft make sure that you transfer the registration to the new owner, even if the decals are expired. When you buy a new watercraft, make sure that you ask the previous owner for the registration, as well as the title, statement of origin, or notarized bill of sale, depening on the size and type of the watercraft.

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What accident causes the most deaths among boaters?

Falling overboard and capsizing. In a small boat, resist the urge to stand up. If you must move around, keep your weight low and balanced over the center of the craft.

Wear your life jacket. There should be one life jacket for each person in the boat.

If the weather turns rough, put on your life jacket, keep low in your boat, turn your boat into the waves at an angle, and head for the closest protected shore.

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View our complete boating guide to Indian Lake via the link below.

There is only one ski zone for skiing and pulling tubes and that is on the west side of the lake. No limit requirements on speed in this area. There must be at least 3 people in the boat including the skier.

The second speed zone is for boats not pulling skiers or tubes. It is located on the east side of Indian Lake.No limit requirements on speed in this area.

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Boating FAQ

If it’s used in Ohio waters and it has a serial #, it needs a registration. (Yes, even an inflatable raft with oars.) Owners of homemade vessels must apply for a serial # first, then obtain a registration.
The quickest way to get your decals is to bring your mail-renewal from the State (don’t separate the copies). If any information on the form is incorrect, or you don’t have a mail-in form, take your most recently expired registration to the Indian Lake State Park Office.
Untitled vessels require a Statement of Origin, Dealer Invoice or Notarized Bill of Sale, showing the same information as a title. For titled vessels, the title is required. If you can’t wait for the title to be issued, take proof of purchase/ownership. All vessels must be registered before using them on Ohio waters. Ohio now requires a 45-day temporary registration until the title is obtained, after which a permanent registration is issued.
No… The registration should be transferred to you immediately. The ODNR and other agencies often rely on the OH# to identify the vessel’s owner(s), for example, if it has been stolen and recovered.
Take your proof of ownership (type of proof will depend on size and type of watercraft), and get the 8-digit OH# from the hull.
The ODNR can issue duplicates. You can pick up a form and mail it to Columbus, or visit the Indian Lake State Park Office..

Area Docks

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Area Docks

Area Marinas

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Area Marinas

Area Boat Rentals

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Area Boat Rentals

The Most Common Types of Watercrafts at The Lake

Bass Boat

A bass boat is a small boat that is designed and equipped primarily for bass fishing or fishing for other panfish, usually in freshwater such as lakes, rivers and streams.

Pontoon Boat

A pontoon is a flotation device with buoyancy sufficient to float itself as well as a heavy load. A pontoon boat is a flattish boat that relies on pontoons to float.

Jet Skis

Jet skis are a small, jet-propelled vehicle that skims across the surface of water. A jet ski typically can carry 1-2 people seated in a configuration more like a typical bike or motorcycle.

Sail Boats

A sailboat or sailing boat is a boat propelled partly or entirely by sails smaller than a sailing ship. Distinctions in what constitutes a sailing boat and ship vary by region and maritime culture.

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