COLUMBUS – Registrations for approximately one-third of Ohio’s 424,700 registered recreational watercraft expired 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. Registration fees remain unchanged from last year.
The Division of Watercraft encourages boat owners to first check that their pleasure crafts have valid registrations for the upcoming boating season before returning those boats to the water. Recreational boating on state waterways, including the Ohio River and Lake Erie, remains highly popular as Ohio continues to rank among the top 10 states nationally in the number of registered boats. In Ohio last year, Franklin County remained in the top spot with the highest number of registered boats (26,850), followed next by Cuyahoga, Summit, Hamilton and Montgomery counties.
More than $5.5 million is paid annually by Ohio boaters in watercraft registration and titling fees. Boaters also paid $15.1 million in marine fuel taxes in 2010. Recreational boating generates an economic impact for Ohio’s economy previously estimated at $3.5 billion yearly, according to a Great Lakes Commission study.
Boat owners may conveniently renew their watercraft registration online at www.ohiodnr.com/watercraft. For more information about registration renewals, alternative registration renewals and general watercraft registration requirements, visit www.ohiodnr.com/ watercraft or call toll-free (within Ohio only) 1-877-4BOATER.
The Division of Watercraft administers Ohio’s boating programs. The agency oversees watercraft registration and titling operations, provides funding to local communities for education, enforcement and boating access facilities, educates the public, and enforces boating laws. More information is available at www.ohiodnr.com/watercraft.