"The Boater Freedom Act" could make your next Lake Erie trip a little smoother.
The bill passed by the Ohio Legislature and headed for the desk of Gov. Kasich is designed to reduce multiple law enforcement stops of boaters from different agencies.
Eileen Corson with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources tells AkronNewsNow.com that the new law affects all waterways in Ohio.
But she says that Lake Erie is particularly affected, with any number of law enforcement agencies patrolling the lake's waters.
"That could be a local marine patrol, which would be from a local city or county sheriff's office", Corson says, "a state watercraft officer or the United States Coast Guard."
But Corson says the ODNR is already communicating with other agencies, to reduce inconvenience to those using the state's waterways...basically already using the new rules.
Corson says ODNR watercraft and the Summit County Sheriff's Office already communicate on the Portage Lakes. There are only two agencies responsible for the Portage Lakes, a much smaller water area than Lake Erie, so multiple stops are less common.