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12/27/2022 0 Comments
Jet Ski Ride Area Ohio
Places where Jet Skiing is prohibited:
O'Shaughnessy (on the Scioto river) - Ohio
Griggs Reservoir (on the Scioto river) - Ohio
Hoover Dam - Ohio (10 mph speed limit... YIKES!!)
Report: Alum Creek - In my opinion the best central Ohio lake for jet skiers. About 20 minutes
north of Columbus on US Rt 23. Take 23 north and turn right on Lewis Center, from there you will see signs to wherever you want to go. It's a man-made lake and has a dam on one side. The lake is very deep, allowing for large boats (I've saw a 40' yacht once, but typically the biggest boats are around 30') making very large waves. There is a huge open area, about 5 miles by 1 mile, which hosts a marina, beach, and campground on its shores. The beach has a boating area where you can beach jet skies and relax on the beach for awhile. If you pass under a bridge from this big area you have another semi-big area and a long river-like stretch that branches off from it. This stretch goes for about a mile, in which you can pass under another bridge to a no-wake zone. This lake is really nice because it is not comercialized at all. Other than the beach, marina, boat ramps (5 total), campground, and a few roads, the lake is completely surrounded by trees. There are many nice secluded channels you can go in to relax. The fisherman all stay close to shore, so they don't get in the way. The only drawbacks are there are a lot of sailboats out at times, and the weekends there can get VERY crowded. I've waited over an hour to put my skies in the water before. During the week though it's really nice. There are no speed or horsepower restrictions.
Report: Deleware Lake - About 45 minutes north of Columbus, right off US Rt 23. Has a state park and marina. It's a relatively small lake, long and narrow, with much of it being no wake zones. Fishermen tend to stay out of the way. Very few large boats creating waves because the lake is pretty shallow with unpredictable sand bars. (Blew a prop on my boat on a sand bar almost in the middle of the lake. Very rarely do the waves ever get above 1 or 2 feet. Has a beach where you can pull up, and the state park there has trails leading to a docking area. a warning though... watch out for floating logs and braches. A guy pulling out next to me once had a huge crack in his jet boat hull, needless to say I haven't returned to that lake since except for when I take the pontoon out fishing. However, it is rarely crowded and might be a nice place to just cruise around. There is a 40 mph speed limit.
Thanks N Pond
Report: Lake Erie Islands, Ohio. The islands of Lake Erie are located 1 hour west of Cleveland and 1 hour east of Toledo Ohio. Take route 2 and follow the signs. Port Clinton Ohio has tons of free public boat ramps and Cedar Point. (the best amusement park with the most roller coasters in the world). A ferry boat can take you and your skis to Put-In-Bay or Kelleys Island for around $10-20. Put-In-Bay has tons of bars, a winery and camping. (if you want to party, camp here)!!! Kelleys Island also offers camping in a more rural environment. Jet skis can be beached right on your campsite. You can either ride waves or flat water depending upon the side of the island that you are on. There are also lots of small deserted islands (all about a mile apart) that can be explored. Tons to do. Gas and food are available everywhere! Riding starts in April through October.
Report: Cleveland Ohio. The ultimate riding spot in Ohio is without a doubt, Edgewater Park. Take route 2 West from downtown for 5 minutes and get off at the Edgewater Exit. There are free public boat ramps, bathrooms, gas and phones. Once your ski is in the water you can stay behind a breakwall for flat water or go out into Lake Erie for waves (ranging from flat to 10foot swells depending on wind). To check current waves and water temp log onto hydro-sports.com. Edgewater boaters and swimmers beach is 1 mile west. 1 mile east is downtown Cleveland, the RocknRoll Hall of Fame, the Browns Stadium and the Cuyahoga River. Although the Cuyahoga river is 'no-wake', a five minute ride will lead to about 30 restaurants and bars that have docking for PWC. I highly recommend Shooters on the Water. Lake Erie is ridable from April thru November with a temp from 33 degrees to 80.
-- Thanks Moore1420
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