History & Tourism

In Our Backyard: Ohio Building New Boating Education Center

22 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

It’s not a quick trip, but the one and a half hours to Waverly, Ohio might provide useful in the future for Ohio families looking for educational experiences dealing with boats and watercraft.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is building a new Boater Education Center at Lake White State Park.

“I’ve loved seeing more Ohioans on our lakes and rivers over the past few years, rediscovering an appreciation of the water,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “While boating can offer quality family time, new boaters mean more people need to learn the ins and outs of operating these vessels.  We are excited to be able to provide that with this new education center.”

The new building will include a 2,020 square-foot park shelter with storage rooms, restrooms, patios, and a pavilion area. The building will host education courses for new boaters and will be available for community use.  Classes will include topics such as operating safely, legal requirements, water sports, and what to do in a boating emergency.  Anyone operating a boat in Ohio powered by more than 10 horsepower must provide proof of boater education.  ODNR offers study guides to help people meet those requirements.

The new center is expected to be complete in the spring of 2022.  Total cost is estimated at $852,400.

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