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Some boat registrations expire March 1

COLUMBUS – Registrations for about one-third of Ohio’s 411,366 recreational watercraft are set to expire March 1 and must be renewed before those boats are returned to the water, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft.

Many boater owners find they may conveniently renew their watercraft registrations online at any time and that registration fees remain unchanged. Owners of hand-powered watercraft only, such as canoes, kayaks and rowboats, also have an option to purchase an alternative registration through the mail and in person from any Division of Watercraft office. A listing of all watercraft registration agents and Division of Watercraft area offices is found online on the agency’s website.

The Division of Watercraft says boat owners should first check to ensure their pleasure crafts have valid registrations for the upcoming boating season before returning them to the water.

Recreational boating on the state’s waterways, including the Ohio River and Lake Erie, remains highly popular as Ohio ranks among the top ten states nationally in the number of recreational watercraft. Counties that had the highest number of registered watercraft last year included Franklin, Cuyahoga, Summit, Hamilton and Montgomery.

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