Sport anglers and boaters are encouraged to keep recreational fishing and boating safe and pleasurable by taking advantage of free vessel safety inspections. These inspections are offered in northwest Ohio by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Watercraft and its boating partners.
Boat safety inspections of the season are being offered by the Division of Watercraft on March 14 and March 24 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Mazurik Boat Ramp located in Danbury Township just east of Port Clinton. Additional safety inspections this month are being held in Oak Harbor. An inspection will be held on March 25 at Turtle Creek Campground from 2-3 p.m. Two other inspections will be held at Fenwick Marina, with one on March 30 from 5-6 p.m. and another on March 31 from 9-10 a.m.
Free to the public, more than 70 safety inspections have been scheduled statewide through early June, according to the Division of Watercraft. These inspections help increase safety awareness just as many Ohioans are launching their boats for the first time this year. A complete listing of vessel safety inspections may be found at http://ohiodnr.com/watercraft/areas/tabid/2487/Default.aspx .
Watercraft officers provide written courtesy inspections that indicate recommended improvements boat owners should make to their boating safety equipment. These inspections examine required safety equipment that typically include the condition of fire extinguishers, horns, navigational lights and distress signals, as well as life jackets and vests, which must be kept in good condition and readily accessible to all boat occupants.
Information on required safety equipment, boating rules and other boating programs is available online at www.ohiodnr.com/watercraft .
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at www.ohiodnr.com .