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Alabama Rules and Regulations for State Park

All regulation are Unlawful and Prohibited and may be

subject to removal from the park or arrest


Use of facilities (220-5-.01)

*No person or group shall be allowed to occupy any cabin, lodge, or campsite for a consecutive period longer than two weeks from April 1st –October 31st without written permission from the Director of State Parks.

*It shall be unlawful to erect or occupy any site with unsightly or inappropriate camping equipment.

*Pitching tents, parking trailers, and/or other camping equipment in areas not designed for such purposes shall be unlawful.

*No person shall picnic in any area in any state park or any state parkway except in designated areas, unless given permission from a Park manager.

*No person may possess or use, at any State park freshwater or saltwater swimming area (including any beach area) any container which is subject to break, shatter, fracture, disintegrate or become fragmented, including, but not limited to, glass, breakable plastics, etc.

*Abandoned personal property shall be subject to disposal in accordance with law.

*It’s unlawful to leave unattended at any state park any person under the age of 14. For the purpose of this paragraph, “unattended” shall mean without direct adult supervision.


Swimming, Fishing, and Boating (220-5-.02)

*Visitors shall swim only in designed areas and all persons swimming in any of the waters of any State Park shall obey any order of the lifeguard or other Park official.

*All persons fishing in any of the State Parks shall abide by the fishing regulations promulgated by the commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and other fishing laws which are in force in the State of Alabama.

*A person fishing shall, upon demand, exhibit his catch or fishing license to any game warden or other officer of the Department of conservation for inspection.

*No fish shall be placed in State Park lakes or waters except with permission of the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources.

*The daily creel limits are posted in a conspicuous place at each State Park Lake or waters. Any person, who catches, takes or has in his or her possession more fish than allowed will be in violation of the regulations.

*Rod and reel or pole is allowed, However trolley lines, set hooks, gigs, nets, seines, spear guns, bow and arrow, etc. are prohibited.

*State Park fishing permits are required in all park lakes or waters where fishing is authorized.

*Absolutely NO fishing for sharks or use of any shark fishing gear on any Gulf State Park Public Beach OR Gulf State Park Saltwater Fishing Pier. It is unlawful to attempt to land any shark.

*It shall be unlawful to participate in any water related activity within 100 yards of the Gulf State Park Saltwater Fishing Pier. This includes but is not limited to, wading, swimming, surfing, fishing, boating, and scuba diving.

*Motorized vessels are prohibited on any of the waters of Alabama State Parks unless by special written permission from the Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, except otherwise provided for here-in.  At Lake Shelby in Gulf State Park any size motor may be used.

*It shall be unlawful to operate a wave runner or Jet Ski on any fresh water lake within Gulf State park.


Fees (220-5.03

*It shall be a violation of this regulation for any person to evade by any method or means any fee or other charge which may be levied for admission to, or use of, any State Park area or facility contained therein.




Operation of Vehicles (220-5-.04)

*Driving motor vehicles in excess of posted speed shall be unlawful

*Motorbikes, minibikes, motorcycles, motor scooters, go carts and any other type of motorized vehicle shall not be driven in any areas or on any trails not designed for their use.

*No motorized vehicles of any kind or bicycles shall be allowed on horse trails, hiking trails or beach areas in any State park.

*Operating a motor vehicle at any time without a muffler in good working order, or operation of a motor vehicle causing unusual noise or annoying smoke is prohibited.

*Excessively accelerating the engine of a motor vehicle or motorcycle when such vehicle is not moving or is approaching or leaving a stopping place shall be unlawful.

*No person shall park any vehicle, camper, trailer, or any towed conveyance in any area not specifically designed for said vehicle.


Pets and Animals (220-5-.05)

*No person shall keep a noisy, vicious, or dangerous dog or animal or one which is disturbing other persons, in a State Park and remain therein after he has been asked by a Park officer to leave. All pets must be crated, caged or upon a leash no longer than 6 feet long or otherwise under physical control at all times.


Sanitation (220-5-.06)

*Failure to dispose of all garbage including paper, cans, bottles, waste materials, and rubbish by removal from the site or area, or disposal at places provided for such disposition shall be unlawful.

*No person shall dump any refuse or waste from any trailer or other vehicle except in places or receptacles provided for such uses.

*No dumping household or commercial garbage or trash brought as such from private property.


Conduct (220-5-0.07)

*It shall be unlawful to incite or participate in riots, indulge in boisterous, abusive, threatening, indecent or disorderly conduct in any State Park area. Anyone in violation of this regulation may be forcibly ejected from the park or arrested and shall not be entitled to a refund of any fee or rental.

*Failure to maintain quiet in campground, lodge, and cabin areas between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. shall be unlawful.

 *It shall be unlawful for any person to destroy, deface or remove any native wild life or domesticated tree, shrub, plant or wildflower in any State Park.

*Destroying, injuring, defacing, removing or disturbing in any manner any real, personal or public property in any State Park shall be unlawful.

*No person shall solicit, sell or advertise in any State Park without the written authorization of the Director of State Parks.


Prohibited Devices (220-5-.08)

*It shall be unlawful for any person other than a duly authorized law enforcement officer to possess or carry into any State Park any form of firearm without written permission of the manager or custodian in charge of the State Park visited. No person shall possess, discharge or set off on or within a State Park any firecrackers, torpedoes, rockets, cap pistols, or other fireworks.

*No person shall operate or use any audio device, including radio, television, musical instruments, or any other noise producing devices, such as electrical generators, and equipment driven by motor engines, in such as manner and at such times so as to disturb other persons.


Fires (220-5-.09)

*Building a fire outside of stoves, grills, fireplaces, or other places provided for such purposes shall be unlawful. All fires shall be attended at all times and upon abandonment of same the fire shall be completely extinguished.



 Hours of Operations (220-5-.10)

* No person shall be allowed to enter or use a site or area, or portion of a site or area, which is closed to public use.

* No person shall be admitted or allowed to remain in any State Park after the designated closing hour except for the purpose of cabin or camping unless such person has special written permission of the manager of said Park.

* Leaving a camping unit unoccupied or unattended for a period of more than 24 hours without permission from a Park officer shall be in violation of Park regulations. Unattended or abandoned camping equipment shall be subject to impoundment.


Disclaimer of Liability

*The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources shall not be responsible or any accident or injury to a person while on state property or when using any State Park facility. Any person coming within a State Park or using a State Park facility shall by such entrance, waive any claim against the State or its agents for any accident or injury occurring while on or within a State Park.

*The State of Alabama shall not be responsible for any property or article lost or stolen from any cabin, bath house, parking area, or any park building or facility.


Designated Wildlife Sanctuaries (220-5-.12)

*Each State Park or recreation area now in existence, and those which may be hereafter designated as same, are hereby designated as game and wildlife sanctuaries, and it shall be unlawful for any person to hunt, trap, pursue, catch or kill any wild bird or wild animal in any of the places herein mentioned, unless specifically provided otherwise by regulation.


 General (220-5-.13)

* The words ‘State Park’ as used in any regulation shall include and embrace all land or water under the supervision of the Division of State Parks.

* Failure to comply with reasonable conditions of occupancy and use of Alabama State Park facilities as prescribed and posted by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, for the protection and administration of State Park facilities and resources and the promotion of public health, welfare, safety or conveniences shall be unlawful.

* All State laws now in force and laws which may hereafter be enacted by the Legislature shall be maintained in all State Parks, and it shall be a violation of this regulation for any person to break or attempt to break any State Law.


Possession or Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages at Certain State Park Areas (220-5-.16)

*It shall be unlawful to possess or consume any alcoholic beverage in any day within Alabama State Parks near lakes, beaches, picnic areas, and boat launches or where prohibited by law. Any person violating any of the provisions of regulations shall be punished as provided by law.


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