MWCD to host boating education classes during October

September 8, 2011

Ohio residents who are 29 years old and younger and planning to operate boats with motors of greater than 10 horsepower must comply with a mandatory boater education law.


The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) will host three classes during the month of October at varying locations to assist boaters with meeting the education requirements. The cost of the course is $5 per person and registration is handled through the MWCD main office at New Philadelphia.


According to state law, all boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, must show proof that they have successfully completed an approved boating safety education course if they operate any powered watercraft great than 10 horsepower on a state waterway, including any MWCD lake. The law includes those who operate personal watercraft, rental powercraft and persons 18 years old and older who supervise youth powerboat operators.


The MWCD’s list of upcoming classes that meets the Ohio boating education requirement are scheduled on the following dates, times and locations:


Oct. 15 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Tappan Lake Park activity center, 84000 Mallarnee Rd., Deersville.


Oct. 17, 18 and 19 – 6 to 9 p.m. each night – Seneca Lake Park office – 22172 Park Rd., Senecaville (Participants must attend all three sessions to meet full education requirement).


Oct. 22 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Pleasant Hill Lake Park activity center – 3431 Rt. 95, Perrysville .


For registration, contact Stacie Stein at the MWCD office by calling toll-free (877) 363-8500 Ext. 2201, or by sending a message to


The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving nearly $10 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).


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