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ODNR Division of State Parks and Watercraft

The Division of Parks and Watercraft Natural Resource Officers are the state’s lead agency for Ohio maritime security and instructs other state, county and local agencies in maritime law enforcement. Additionally, Natural Resources Officers are also responsible for supporting emergency operations during flooding, natural disasters, search and rescue efforts, and recovery. Natural Resources Officer duties include law enforcement and public service as well as education and public relations. This includes, patrolling 75 state parks, 21 state forest, 136 nature preserves.  In addition, Natural Resource Officers have jurisdiction over 120,00 acres of inland waters, 7,000 miles of streams, 481 mile of the Ohio River and 2.25 million acres of Lake Erie.

The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft mission statement: To provide exceptional outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing outstanding customer service, education, protection and conservation of Ohio’s state parks and waterways.