Friday, February 3rd, 2023
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ODNR Upgrades Horsepower Limit for Burr Oak Lake to Increase Fishing Access

Columbus, OH – In order to allow greater fishing access without
altering the quiet recreational nature of Burr Oak Lake in Morgan
County, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has
modified the lake’s horsepower regulation.

With the change, boat motors greater than 10 horsepower are now
allowed to operate on the lake, but only at “no wake” speeds.
Previously, only motors less than 10 horsepower were permitted on
Burr Oak Lake. The use of personal watercraft such as Wet Jets and
Jet Skis continue to be prohibited.

“This change to the horsepower limit is part of a pilot program
that studies use of this state park lake, located in the
southeastern Ohio region,” said Dan West, chief of Ohio State

Ohio law classifies “no wake” as the slowest possible speed
needed to maintain steerage and maneuverability of a boat. Boats
with motors of 10 horsepower or less would continue to operate on
the lake, as usual.

The horsepower modification pilot study at Burr Oak Lake will be
evaluated during the 2009 and 2010 boating seasons.

Burr Oak Lake was selected for the pilot study because of its
size – 664 acres – and ability to accommodate boats with larger
motors. Ohio State Parks will work with the Division of Watercraft
and others to make sure the new regulations are strictly

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance
between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the
benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at

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