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Welcome to Ohio seaplane operators!
The Ohio Dept. of Transportation (ODOT) and Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR) are opening public waters operated by ODNR for seaplane operations. Currently Ohio has two established seaplane bases:
No permits required
1.       (O12) Grand Lake St. Mary’s
2.       (2C9) Toledo Seaplane Base
Ohio law requires a permit for any aircraft to land or takeoff from publicly owned land or water including Lake Erie. ODOT Office of Aviation is tasked to inspect each landing area to ensure FAA and State specifications are meet.  If the area meets these requirements a permit can be issued for aircraft operations. We are currently in the process of inspecting more Ohio waters. The landing area that meet these requirements will be automatically added to your permit.
How to acquire a permit
Required information for an Ohio water landing permit:
1.       Owners name
2.       Address
3.       Contact phone number
4.       Aircraft type
5.       Aircraft N-number
6.       Takeoff and landing performance data (for long lake)
1.       Photo of your aircraft (but not required)
E-mail to Andrew Doll:  Andrew.doll@dot.ohio.gov
If you have any questions please call: 614-387-2384
Permits required
1.       Buckeye Lake
2.       Indian Lake
3.       Long Lake (performance based exception)
4.       Salt Fork Reservoir
5.       Grassy Island North (Toledo)
6.       Sandusky Bay East
7.       Grand Rapids (Maumee river)
FAA Seaplane Bases Advisory Circular
Helpful Links

 Current Seaplane Landing Areas Open to Public (No Permit Required)

2C9 Toledo Seaplane Base.pdf
197 KB
O12 Grand Lake St. Mary's.pdf
194 KB

 Current Seaplane Landing Areas Open to Public (Permit Required)

Buckeye Lake.pdf
1125 KB
Grand Rapids.pdf
1263 KB
Grassy Island.pdf
1000 KB
Indian Lake.pdf
1362 KB
Long Lake.pdf
1550 KB
Salt Fork Reservoir.pdf
1564 KB
Sandusky Bay.pdf
1209 KB