From Ohio History Central
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Ohio's streams flow into Lake Erie to the north, and the Ohio River to the south and southeast. There are more than 400 miles of waterways along Ohio's southern border that can be used by commercial boats. Ohio has 45 watersheds. Ohio has eight Lake Erie Ports. Ohio has more than 3,300 named rivers and streams and an equally large number of smaller unnamed branches. Today, there are above 60,000 lakes, reservoirs, and ponds in Ohio.
Ohio's economy still remains very dependent on the state's river network. The Ohio River, in particular, connects the state with a large inland river system that brings buisiness to and from over 85% of the nation's major cities. The huge barges that move coal, petroleum products, and agricultural goods up and down the river make the Ohio River, above, all else, a working river.
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