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    Cowan/Acton HP limits removed,,,,

    Just recieved this from DNR,,,,,,,,,,

    Horsepower Limits to be Removed on Cowan Lake in Clinton County and Acton Lake Located in Preble and Butler Counties


    After considering public input gathered over the past year through public forums, e-mails, and other methods, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources plans to adopt the a new lake management strategy that will allow watercraft powered by more than ten horsepower to access and utilize two lakes managed by the Division of Parks and Recreation, provided that they only operate at idle speed. These lakes include, Cowan lake in Clinton County and Acton lake located in Preble and Butler Counties. This new strategy will be implemented as a pilot program to be tested and evaluated for a two year-period beginning with the 2014 boating season. Before the change is adopted, there will be a formal public hearing and comment period. In addition, the proposal will be considered by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) which oversees the administrative rule process for state agency regulations.

    There are a handful of lakes here in Ohio that were changed to unlimited hp at no-wake speed on a trial basis a few years ago. This management strategy has been very successful at the lakes where it was implemented; Knox lake, La Su An, Oxbow, Rupert, and Burr Oak. Since the initial trial period, Harrison lake has also adopted the unlimited, no-wake regulation. Because of these successes and public interest in allowing the same type of operation on other lakes around the state, the Department has determined that this regulatory change is appropriate for both Cowan and Acton lakes.

    The proposals are driven primarily by the desire to provide equal access with reasonable restrictions. Power boaters, regardless of the amount of horsepower, contribute to the maintenance and facility development of waterways all around the state through registration fees and excise taxes, but are prohibited from using many of the stateís waterways. Additionally, there are secondary local economic benefits to allowing a more diverse boating population in an area; more business for local restaurants, bait stores, convenience stores, marine services, in addition to increased fuel sales.

    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 Departmentís 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.

    For additional information contact Ohio State Parks at OhioStateParks@dnr.state.oh.us or by phone at (614) 265-6510.
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    About time !
    A lot of those guys run 20hp motors with 10 hp covers or stickers.


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    Doesnt affect me, my boat stays broke,,,,,,,probably gonna buy a new one in the winter.
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    Damn!! Now the club will want to fish Cowan...LMAO.. Good for ODNR proving sailboaters and their money they don't spend at the lakes don't own everything!!! That's for you Rod

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    There 2lakes that will go to crap in a few years
    I,d rather be tried by 12 than be carried by 6

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    I have never understood the HP limits. You can run around with a 9.9HP but I could not turn my 250 on and idle? And there are/is a lot of 9.9's that just say that on the cowling. I think every lake in the state that is 9.9 should be idle only.
    Lake White has been unlimited for as long as I can rember, but Burr Oak was a 9.9 lake(no wake now), yet Burr Oak is twice the size of Lake White.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TE 863 View Post
    There 2lakes that will go to crap in a few years
    I'm interested in hearing why ? Pressure may change them some but I don't see em going to crap.
    90% say Ceasers is crap but yet took almost 19 lb to win there Sun and they didn't have a limit.


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    fishing pressure doubled,every club in the region will try to go there once the words out on the new h.p. restrictions and you know rod some idiot will open up that big bass boat on those lakes thats guarantted. as far as ceasars goes it still sucks becuz you can,t worry about fishing when all your thinking about is i hope my truck windows aren,t busted out.
    I,d rather be tried by 12 than be carried by 6

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    Well I agree on everything you say.
    But pressure is something we just have to overcome in Ohio
    They caught the main guys busting the windows , they were using walky talkies and one stayed up at the entrance while th he other did the stealing.
    They used a dummy car.


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    im glad, its a good lake to fish and was hard to get around all day with trolling motor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan I View Post
    If the guys with the big boats want to fish, Cesars creek is right down the road. Leave Cowan alone! Us little boats don't go to Cesar

    for fear of being swamped from morons flying around. I'm just glad I don't have to make up for my lack of manhood with a big motor on my boat! And the first idiot I see breaking the rules WILL be reported!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoser View Post
    If the guys with the big boats want to fish, Cesars creek is right down the road. Leave Cowan alone! Us little boats don't go to Cesar

    for fear of being swamped from morons flying around. I'm just glad I don't have to make up for my lack of manhood with a big motor on my boat! And the first idiot I see breaking the rules WILL be reported!
    Wow. Someone sounds jealous. It's everybody's lake last I checked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoser View Post
    If the guys with the big boats want to fish, Cesars creek is right down the road. Leave Cowan alone! Us little boats don't go to Cesar

    for fear of being swamped from morons flying around. I'm just glad I don't have to make up for my lack of manhood with a big motor on my boat! And the first idiot I see breaking the rules WILL be reported!
    Nice first post there bud,,,,,,,you have probably seen me there if you fish Cowan. My big motor never starts and yes I do fish Ceasar Creek also. I have a little motor on my Ranger,,,,,but a lot of manhood!
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    I choose to fish Cowan lake in my glass boat because my days of fishing out of a 12-14 foot tin boat with a 9.9 and no room and not stable ended long ago. Fishing from a nice big comfortable platform is nice,,,and get used to more boats everywhere,,not just at Cowan! I have fished Cowan in the 60's with a wood boat with oars with my dad and uncle and bitched about the idiots in the tiller 9.9 tin boats thinking they owned the lake,,
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    I expected the sail boaters had most to do with this. My father used to put on the boat races at rocky fork the sail boaters cried like baby's cause they could not have the lake to them selves. I expect there would be people that would push the idle only laws and go high idle and make waves. They can't please everyone. If they took Ceasars creek and made it 35 mph max I would be pissed, so I can see both sides of the Cowan argument.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoser View Post
    If the guys with the big boats want to fish, Cesars creek is right down the road. Leave Cowan alone! Us little boats don't go to Cesar

    for fear of being swamped from morons flying around. I'm just glad I don't have to make up for my lack of manhood with a big motor on my boat! And the first idiot I see breaking the rules WILL be reported!

    I have a big boat and I see no different in me idling in my boat and you going full speed in yours. Oh wait you actually would be able to go faster by law. The fact is us guys with big boats pay taxes to the state to fund that park and lake. And we do have the right to go the same speed or slower than boats with 10hp motors. It is a load of crap. And as far as you ignorant lack of manhood comment shows the lack of intelligence you have on the matter. If some breaks the speed limit most the guys with big boats would report that person too you idiot. We don't want to lose our right to idle there. So don't crap on the guys with bigger boats than you. Everyone has different budgets which offer them choices on boats sizes they can purchase.

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    I just got off the phone with the ODNR and Cowan is still a 10HP limit lake this year. The officer said there was a lot of opposition to idle only and they decided to leave Cowan as is this season. He said they would ticket for even starting the +10HP engines for loading! So use caution guys.

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    I plan to not spend my money anywhere around lake Cowan. I think they lost some tax $$. I would expect more bait and tackle would have been bought if the lake was opened up. I would say south shore marina could have sold a few more boats!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoser View Post
    If the guys with the big boats want to fish, Cesars creek is right down the road. Leave Cowan alone! Us little boats don't go to Cesar

    for fear of being swamped from morons flying around. I'm just glad I don't have to make up for my lack of manhood with a big motor on my boat! And the first idiot I see breaking the rules WILL be reported!


    This guy is something. He post one comment and poof gone. Or its someone that knows what they are saying and just trying to stir something. I think he is an embarrassing idiot.
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