Ohio and Kentucky to Announce Tougher Enforcement of Ohio River No-Wake Rule in Downtown Cincinnati

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Press conference set for Friday at BB Riverboat Dock in Newport, Ky.

COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife  held a press conference at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 23 to announce tougher enforcement of existing idle speed zone regulations along a 1.75-mile stretch of the Ohio River between the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge and Brent Spence Bridge, linking Ohio and Kentucky.

This area currently is zoned as an idle speed, no-wake zone from sunset to sunrise. During daylight hours, boaters may travel at speeds above idle speed and may create a wake only while remaining at least 300 feet away from any gas dock, marina, floating restaurant or harbor entrance.

A partnership of BB Riverboats, Ohio River Way, Southern Ohio Marine Trades Association and area businesses is working to increase awareness of this existing regulation. Both Ohio and Kentucky will erect signs along this heavily trafficked section of the river to support the effort.