Whether you want to take a cruise on Lake Erie, fish the Ohio River or explore one of the state’s many inland lakes, rivers and streams; there are plenty of boating options available in Ohio. If you are a new boater, you will need to apply for your Ohio boat registration or boaters license before your first trip. In addition, you should sign up for a boating class to learn about boat safety.

OH boating laws and regulations are enforced by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft.