The entire Ohio River is a federally regulated waterway. It is available for use “as highway[s] for substantial interstate or foreign commerce” (33 CFR § 2.36). Therefore, commercial maritime traffic, i.e., tow boats with barges and passenger vessels, have the ability, and authority, to utilize any and all of the Ohio River for navigation. To assist recreational boaters to more safely use and enjoy this multi-use resource, The Ohio River Digital Safety Guide has been developed to provide information regarding the location of the commercial marine highway on the Ohio River, approximate boater locations based on cellular technology, and locations and directions of tow boats navigating on the Ohio River and navigable tributaries. All location information provided or otherwise displayed in this Guide is approximate and therefore should be used only in conjunction with actual visual observations of commercial traffic. Any action you take utilizing the information provided or displayed on this website is done strictly at your own risk.