Aug. 9: Meeting on Madison Lake no-wake pilot program

(Posted Aug. 4, 2020)

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will host a live, virtual public meeting on the Madison Lake pilot program for no-wake operation at Madison Lake State Park on Aug. 9 at 3:30 p.m.

In January 2019, an electric motor-only restriction was revised to allow any motorized watercraft to operate at no-wake speed on the waters of Madison Lake in Madison County. This new lake management plan was implemented as a two-year pilot program which will expire this fall.

Interested participants can request find a meeting link here or request a meeting link by email at The web-based format (Microsoft Teams) will enable participants to submit their questions so that ODNR staff can respond in real time. Participants also can elect to call in to the meeting, but callers won’t be able to submit questions outside Microsoft Teams.

During the meeting, the public, especially boaters who have used Madison Lake in recent years, are encouraged to share their experiences and provide feedback on the pilot program. Comments will also be accepted by email at or by mailing comments to Madison Lake Pilot Program at 2045 Morse Road, Building C-3, Columbus, OH 43229.

Public comments and recommendations, along with public safety, recreational opportunities, regional economics, and environmental factors are key components considered when developing a lake management plan.

The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft provides outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing customer service, education, and conservation of Ohio’s 75 state parks and waterways.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

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