Public input invited on Acton horsepower change

College Corner, Ohio – Beginning on Saturday, June 7, watercraft powered by more than 10 horsepower will be allowed to operate at no-wake speed on Acton Lake, located at Hueston Woods State Park in Preble and Butler counties. This rule is part of a new lake management plan being implemented as a pilot program, which will be tested and evaluated during the 2014 and 2015 boating seasons.

On Thursday, June 5, representatives of the Ohio DNR will host a public forum to answer questions about the new regulation. The forum will be held at 7 p.m. in the Delmingo Room of the Hueston Woods State Park Lodge, located at 5201 Lodge Road, College Corner, Ohio 45003.

The lake management strategy allowing watercraft to operate at no-wake speed has been very successful at other state-managed lakes, according to the DNR. These lakes include: Knox Lake, Lake La Su An, Oxbow Lake, Lake Rupert, and Burr Oak Lake.

Public comments and recommendations, along with public safety, recreational opportunities, regional economics and environmental factors are some of the key components considered during the development of a lake management plan. The ODNR Division of Watercraft’s primary focus is to preserve the unique character of the boating experience on each waterway, while providing the best possible service to the boating public and local communities.

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