What Are the Rules in a Corps of Engineers Park?

Rules for Corps of Engineers Parks vary slightly from park to park, but some rules carry across all parks. Pets, glass, fires and fishing are not allowed at any swimming beach. Fires must be contained to fireplaces, grills or other areas specifically designated for fire use. Owners must keep pets on leashes, and no livestock is allowed in any recreation area.

Camping-specific rules for Corps of Engineers Parks are also in effect. Campers must pitch tents on the ground; they must not dig trenches or hammer stakes into paved areas. Additionally, campers must hang any lanterns on posts designated for that purpose; not on the trees.

All campgrounds close their gates to vehicles from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Campers who enter the park after 10 p.m. may not enter through the exit gates. The longest stay at any park is 14 days per 30-day interval. Campers wishing to stay longer must have permission from the Lake Manager or other site authority. At the end of a stay, all campers must check out of the park by 2 p.m.

The use of firearms, ammunition or fireworks is prohibited in any park area. Hunters must have a permit from the park authority or Lake Office and must limit hunting activity to designated areas. All parks observe quiet hours from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.