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Boating Access Area Regulations

220-2-.37    Restricted Use of Public Access Areas

        (1) Definition:  Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, in this regulation, the term "public access area" shall include any state-owned, leased, and/or operated boat launching and/or landing access area, parking lot, ramp, pier, and any real or personal property within the boundaries of said areas.

        (2) Picnicking, except at tables provided, and camping are prohibited at all public access areas.  Swimming or any other activities, to the extent that swimming or any other activity may interfere with the intended use of any public access area by the public, are forbidden; provided, however, that in any event it shall be unlawful to swim or wade within fifty (50) feet of any ramp at any public access area.

        (3) The mooring of boats, houseboats and other watercraft is forbidden at all public access areas.  In addition, the dry­-docking, storage, or abandonment of any type of vessel, vehicle, or other personal property item, is prohibited at all public access areas.

        (4) Public access areas are for the use of the pleasure boating, hunting and fishing public in general only.  No commercial, industrial or construction equipment such as barges, dredges, etc., are to be loaded or unloaded without the specific written authorization of the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Higgins Ferry Boat Ramp on Mitchell Lake        (5) Persons using public access areas shall either place their trash and refuse matter in cans provided for such purposes, or where cans are not available, take it with them when they leave.  No trash or refuse matter shall be placed at, in, or on any public access area (including placing in cans) unless said matter is directly incidental to the use of said area.

        (6) Persons using public access areas shall park their vehicles and/or trailers in designated parking areas or, when areas are not designated, in such a way so as not to block any part of the ramp or pier  or approach to the ramp or pier or interfere with the use of the public access area by other persons.

        (7) It shall be unlawful to discharge firearms on all public access areas.

        (8) It shall be unlawful to swim, dive, sun bathe, or jump from any pier or ramp located at any public access area.

        (9) Defacing or Destroying State Property ­-- Any person who litters, defaces or destroys any real or personal property on any of the public access areas or any property belonging to the State of Alabama in any of the public access areas, shall be in violation of this regulation.

        (10) Only licensed vehicles shall be allowed on public access area roads and parking lots; no off-road traffic shall be permitted.  No all-terrain vehicles shall be allowed to operate on any public access area.  Nothing in this regulation shall prevent the use of properly licensed motorcycles on public access area roads or parking lots.

        (11) Soliciting or Advertising on Public Access Areas -- No person shall solicit, sell, advertise, or install any sign on any public access area without the written authorization of the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources.

        (12) It shall be unlawful for any unauthorized person(s)  to build, tend, or maintain any fire at any public access area.

        (13) Removal of Shrubs or Wildflowers -- In order to protect all native, wild or domesticated trees, shrubs, plants, and flowers from destruction and to conserve the same, it is hereby made unlawful for any person to cut, destroy, damage or remove any such tree, bush, shrub, plant or flower growing at any public access area.  Any person who willfully destroys, cuts, or breaks or removes any such tree, shrub, bush, plant or flower growing in any public access area, shall be in violation of this regulation unless given special permission to do so from the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources.

        (14) State Laws Applicable -- All state laws now in force and laws which may hereinafter be enacted by the Legislature shall be maintained in the public access areas.

        (15) Personal Injuries or Accidents -- The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources shall not be responsible for any accident or injury to any person while at or in public facilities.  Any person coming within the boundaries of the public access areas shall, by such entrance or use, waive any claim against the State of Alabama, its employees, or its agents for any accident or injury to person or property occurring while on or within the said public access areas.

        (16) It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to loiter at any public access area.

        (17) It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to consume alcoholic beverages at any public access area.


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