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ODNR to Hold Dock Lottery for 2017 Boating Season

Dock Rentals Available Across the State

Published: Monday, August 8, 2016

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will hold a lottery for boat owners to rent public docks during the 2017 boating season. Six marinas located throughout the state of Ohio will offer space for boat storage.

Interested boaters can submit an application either in person or by mailing the application to the individual marina. Lottery applicants are required to show proof of boat ownership or lease and a photo ID, and lottery applicants may not submit more than one application per boat.

Boat owners have until Wednesday, Aug. 31, to submit their applications to the respective state parks. The drawings will be held in September. Winning applicants do not need to be present at the time of the drawing, and the winners will be notified by the park. Lottery winners have the opportunity to renew the dock space for up to five years.

Participating state parks are Middle Bass Island in northwest Ohio; West Branch and Lake Milton in northeast Ohio; and Paint Creek, Rocky Fork and Caesar Creek in southwest Ohio. For more information on dock amenities, rental fees, boat sizes and other application inquiries, contact the individual state park offices.

  • Caesar Creek State Park – 937-382-1096
  • Middle Bass Island State Park – 419) 285-0311
  • Lake Milton State Park/West Branch State Park – 330-654-4989
  • Paint Creek State Park/Rocky Fork State Park – 937-393-4284

Other state parks, such as Alum Creek and Buck Creek, will hold local dock lotteries in late 2016 or early 2017.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at


tags: Boat Docks, Dept of Natural Resources, Marina

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