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Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
State Parks Division

ALABAMA RULES AND REGULATIONS
FOR STATE PARKS

1. Use of Facilities (220-5-.01)

(1) Alabama State law requires that all persons registering any motel, cabin or campsite in any State Park shall record the name and address of each responsible party in a registration book or upon a guest register card provided for such use. Persons under eighteen years of age shall be permitted to register for a cabin or campsite only as agent acting for their parents. Any person who willfully makes an erroneous entry in such registration book shall be in violation of this regulation.

(2) Upon leaving any cabin the renter thereof shall wash all dishes and cooking utensils and shall turn off all electric appliances, oil or gas heaters and stoves, extinguish all fires except pilot lights, and leave the premises in a clean and sanitary condition

(3) No person or group of persons shall be allowed to occupy any cabin, lodge or campsite for a consecutive period longer than two weeks from April 1 through Labor Day without written permission from the Director of State Parks.

(4) It shall be unlawful to erect or occupy any site with unsightly or inappropriate camping equipment. Pitching tents or parking trailers or other camping equipment in areas not designated for such purposes shall be unlawful.

(5) No person shall picnic in any area in any State Park or on any State Parkway except in the designated places without the specific approval of the Park Manager.

(6) It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or use, on all State Park freshwater and saltwater swimming beach areas, any container which is subject to break, shatter, fracture, disintegrate, or become fragmented, including, but not limited to, glass. breakable plastics, etc., which may cause injury to any person on any State Park freshwater and saltwater swimming beach areas.

2. Swimming and Fishing (220-5-.02)

(1) Visitors shall swim only in designated 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 in charge.

(2) 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) A person so fishing shall, upon demand, exhibit his catch or fishing license to any game warden or other officer of the Department for inspection. No fish shall be placed in the State Park lakes except with permission of the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources.

(b) The daily creel limits shall be posted in a conspicuous place at each State Park lake and any person who catches, takes or has in his or her possession more fish than allowable by the posted creel or possession limits shall be in violation of this regulation.

(c) Fish shall be taken by rod and reel or pole and line only. use of other methods of fishing such as trot lines, set hooks, gigs, nets, seines, spear guns, bow and arrow, etc., is prohibited.

(d) State Park fishing permits are required in all park lakes where fishing is authorized with the exception of impoundments at Lake Guntersville, Lakepoint Resort, Joe Wheeler, Wind Creek, Roland Cooper, Florala, and Buck's Pocket State Parks, and with the exception of certain parks where payment of a 'day use" fee or payment of a cabin, motel room, or campsite fee may include permission to fish.

(e) Power driven boats are prohibited on any of the waters of the State Parks unless by special written permission from the Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, except as otherwise provided for herein. At Oak Mountain State Park electric troll motors not to exceed a size that can be operated by a 6 or 12 volt storage battery may be used. At Lake Shelby in Gulf State Park and Frank Jackson State Park any size motor may be used. At Lake Lurleen State Park any size motor may be used; however, operation will be limited to trolling speed.

3. Fees (220-5-.03)

It shall be a violation of this regulation for any person to evade or attempt 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.

4. Operation of Vehicles (220-5-.04)

(1) Driving motor vehicle in excess of posted speed shall be unlawful.

(2) Driving any vehicle carelessly and heedlessly disregarding the rights or safety of others, or without due caution and at a speed, or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property shall be unlawful.

(3) Riding on the hood, roof, fenders, or trunk, or other exterior portion of automobiles, or riding on the roof, fenders, hood, bumper of trucks, while traveling on parks roads or other parks premises shall be unlawful.

(4) Motorbikes, minibikes, motorcycles, motor scooters, go-carts and any other type motorized vehicle shall not be driven in any areas or on any trails not designated for their use. Only licensed vehicles shall be allowed on Park roads.

(5) No motorized vehicles of any kind shall be allowed on horse trails, hiking trails or beach areas in any State Park.

(6) Driving motorbikes, motorcycles, or other motor vehicles on roads in developed recreation sites for any purpose other than access into or egress out of the site shall not be permitted.

(7) Operating a motor vehicle at any time without a muffler in good working order, or operating a motor vehicle in such a manner as to create excessive or unusual noise or annoying smoke, or using a muffler cut off, by pass, or similar device shall be unlawful.

(8) 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.

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

5. Pets and Animals 1220-5-.05)

(1) Bringing a dog, cat or other animal into a State Park unless it is crated, caged or upon a leash not longer than 6 feet or otherwise under physical restrictive control at all times shall be unlawful.

(2) 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.

(3) No animal of any type shall be allowed on any beach area in any State Park.

(4) Bringing saddle, pack or draft animals into a site which has not been developed to accommodate them and posted accordingly shall be unlawful.

6. Sanitation (220-5-.06)

(1) 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.

(2) No person shall dump any refuse or waste from any trailer or other vehicle except in places or receptacles provided for such use.

(3) Cleaning of fish or food, or washing clothing or articles of household use in any stream, pond, lake or at any hydrant or faucets located in restrooms shall be unlawful.

(4) No person shall pollute or contaminate any water or water supply used for human consumption.

(5) No person shall use State Park refuse containers or other park refuse facilities for dumping household or commercial garbage or trash brought as such from private property.

(6) No person shall deposit except into receptacles provided for that purpose, any body waste in or on any portion of any comfort station or any public structure, or deposit any bottles, cans, cloths, rags, metal, wood, stone, or other damaging substance in any of the fixtures in such stations or structures.

7. Conduct (220-5-.07)

(1) It shall be unlawful to incite or participate in riots, induldge 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.

(2) 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.

(3) It shall be unlawful for any person to destroy, deface or remove any native wild or domesticated tree, shrub, plant or wiIdflower in any State Park.

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

(5) No person shall solicit, sell or advertise in any State Park without the written authorization of the Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

(6) It shall be unlawful for any person to destroy, disturb, deface, collect or remove any natural, cultural, historical, archeological, geological, mineralogical, etc., objects or artifacts from any Alabama State Park.

8. Prohibited Devices (220-5-.08)

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person other than a duly authorized law enforcement officer to 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 shalI discharge or set off on or within a State Park any firecrackers torpedoes, rockets, cap pistols, or other fireworks.

(2) 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 a manner and at such times so as to disturb other persons.

(3) No person shall operate or use any public address system whether fixed, portable, or vehicle mounted except when such use or operation has been approved by the Park Manager.

(4) It shall be unlawful for any person to use any metal detection device in any State Park for the purpose of finding and removing, from said park, any items that are not his/her personal possessions without permission from the Park Manager.

9. 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.

10. Hours of Operations (220-5-.10)

(1) 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.

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

(3) Leaving a camp 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.

11. Disclaimer of Liability (220-5- .11)

(1) The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources shall not be responsible for any accident or injury to any person while on State Park 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 or use waive any claim against the State or its agents for any accident or injury occuring while on or within a State Park.

(2) The State of Alabama shall not be responsible for any property or article lost or stolen from any cabin, bathhouse, parking area, or any park building or facility.

12. 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.

13. General (220-5-.13)

(l) 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.

(2) 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.

(3) 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.

14. 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 at the following State Park areas:

(1) The beach area and adjacent parking areas at Lake Lurleen State Park; and

(2) The beach area. adjacent parking lot, and north and south picnic areas, at Wind Creek State Park.


Any person violating any of the provisions of the above listed regulations shall be punished as provided by law.