Boat owners wishing to rent public boat docks at Delaware County’s Alum Creek and Delaware Lake State Park have until Wednesday, August, 31, to enter lottery drawing to select renters for avialable docks. Application forms are now available through the individual park offices.In addition to Alum Creek and Delaware, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will have lottery drawings in September for boat docks at Buck Creek, Buckeye Lake, Cleveland Lakefront, Deer Creek, Lake Milton, Middle Bass Island, Paint Creek, Rocky Fork and West Branch state parks.
Completed forms may be submitted in person to the respective parks by Wednesday, August 31, or sent by certified mail/return receipt. Only one application per boat is permitted, and must be submitted by the boat owner. Lottery applicants must be able to show current proof of boat ownership or lease at the time of entry, and may be required to show a photo ID. Boats titled to dealerships are not eligible.
The drawings are held on or before the third Saturday in September. Applicants need not be present to win, and the winning lottery applicants will be notified by the park. Persons selected by the lottery are entitled to renewal privileges for up to five years. Renewals may be completed in person or on-line on the Ohio State Parks website, www.ohiostateparks.org.
Contact the individual park offices for specific details on allowable boat sizes, dock amenities, and dock rental fees, as well as other application procedures.
In addition to the parks conducting the September lotteries, several state parks have seasonal docks available for rent on a first-come first-served basis. They include A.W. Marion and Buckeye Lake in central Ohio; East Harbor, Grand Lake St. Marys, Indian Lake, Kiser Lake, Lake Loramie, and Mary Jane Thurston in northwest Ohio; Geneva, Guilford Lake, Mosquito Lake, Punderson, and West Branch in northeast Ohio; Burr Oak, Dillon, Salt Fork, and Shawnee in southeast Ohio; and Caesar Creek, Cowan Lake, and Hueston Woods in southwest Ohio.