29 General Regulations US Army Corps Engineers USACE for Hunting, Trapping, and Other Activities

Here, we fetch up general regulations US Army Corps Engineers USACE. We retrieve the Topics below from Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (“CCR”), Section 327, which is applicable to all project areas administered solely by USACE or in cooperation with other agencies.* We bring them back with hunter-friendly summaries, organized by topic and placed in alphabetical order for bag limits, methods of takeseasons, and shooting hours.

* The United States Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) manages the natural, cultural and developed resources of each project, which includes the land, water, and facilities located therein. Warning shot!!!  Compliance with all other applicable Federal, State, and local laws is also required, including hunting regulations by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW). Also, see 36 CFR §§ 327.0, 327.1(a),  327.2(h), 327.3(k), and 327.26.


Topics

  1. Alcohol
  2. Boats, Canoes & Kayaks
  3. Camping
  4. Digging
  5. Dogs & Pets
  6. Fires
  7. Fireworks & Explosives
  8. Fishing
  9. Horses
  10. Hunting
  11. Leveling
  12. Litter
  13. Livestock
  14. Metal Detectors
  15. Passes
  16. Permits
  17. Personal Property
  18. Pollution
  19. Public Nuisance
  20. Public Property
  21. Public Use
  22. Smoking
  23. Structures
  24. Target Shooting
  25. Trapping
  26. Vegetation
  27. Vehicles
  28. Violations
  29. Visiting Hours

Alcohol

Use and/or consumption may be prohibited as designated or posted. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.12(e).

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Boats, Canoes & Kayaks

General regulations US Army Corps Engineers USACE for boats, kayaks, and canoes.
General regulations US Army Corps Engineers USACE for boats, kayaks, and canoes.

Anchoring

In general, vessels may not be attached or anchored to structures such as locks, dams, buoys or other structures. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.3(g).

Authorization

The regulations allow boating except when the prohibit or restrict areas and subject to posted regulations and restrictions, including buoys. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.3(b).

Equipment

Boating must comply with U.S. Coast Guard and California boating safety requirements, including personal flotation devices. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.3(e).

Non-Use

Boats must be securely moored or stored at designated areas. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.3(h).

Operation

Boats must not be operated in a careless, negligent, or reckless manner that endangers another person, property, or environmental feature. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.3(d).

Overnight

The regulations only allow boating overnight if it is incidental to recreational boating—not as a place of habitation or residence. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.3(f).

Registration

Boat registration must be displayed on board when on the water. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.3(c).

Sound

In general, the engine exhaust sound must be muffled. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.3(j).

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Camping

General regulations US Army Corps Engineers USACE for camping, campers, RV's and tents.
General regulations US Army Corps Engineers USACE for camping, campers, RV’s and tents.

Citations

Citations will be issued to the registered user of the site or picnic area. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.1(i).

Duration

In general, not allowed more than 14 days during a 30 day period [36 CFR § 327.6(b)]

Equipment

Equipment may NOT be placed at a campsite (a) to reserve it for future occupancy or (b) without an authorized reservation. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.6(c) and (e).

Litter

Campsites must remain free of trash and litter. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.9(d).

Location

The regulations only allow camping in designated sites and areas. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.6(a).

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Digging

In general, the regulations prohibit digging. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.6(d).

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Dogs & Pets

Abandonment

General regulations US Army Corps Engineers USACE for dogs and pets.
General regulations US Army Corps Engineers USACE for dogs and pets.

The regulations prohibit the abandonment of dogs and pets. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.11(a).

Control

The regulations requires restraint of dogs and pets at all times (e.g. pen, cage, or leash with a maximum length of six feet). Also, see 36 CFR § 327.11(a).

Noise

Dogs and pets must not unreasonable disturb other people (e.g. barking). Also, see 36 CFR § 327.11(a).

Nuisance

Dogs and pets must NOT impede the full use and enjoyment by others. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.11(a) and (g).

Restrictions

In general, the regulations prohibit dogs and pets in (a) sanitary facilities, (b) playgrounds, (c) swimming beaches, and (d) and any other designated areas. However, they allow properly trained animals when assisting those with disabilities (e.g. seeing-eye dogs). Also, see 36 CFR § 327.11(a).

Vicious animals

The regulations prohibit dogs and pets that are wild, exotic, vicious, or aggressive. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.11(g).

Waste

The regulations prohibit dogs and pets in designated public use areas. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.11(b).

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Fires

Attendance

First must be attended and extinguished prior to departure. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.10(b).

Fire hazards

The regulations prohibit improper disposal of lighted smoking materials, matches or other burning material. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.10(c).

Firewood

The regulations profit the gathering of dead wood on the ground and use for fires in designated recreation areas unless otherwise prohibited and posted. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.14(c).

Fuel

The regulations prohibit gasoline and fuel except in proper storage tanks and containers. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.10(a).

Location

The regulations only allow fires in designated areas, contained in fireplaces, grills, or other facilities. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.10(b).

Toxins

The regulations prohibit burning of tax materials (e.g. tires, plastic, and treated wood). Also, see 36 CFR § 327.10(b).

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Fireworks & Explosives

In general, the regulations prohibit fireworks and explosives. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.13(b).

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Fishing

In general, the regulations allow fishing except in–

  1. Swimming areas
  2. On boat ramps or
  3. Other designated areas,

Fishing, however, is subject to (i) any additional restrictions and (ii) all Federal, State, and local regulations. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.8(c) – (e).

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Horses

General regulations US Army Corps Engineers USACE for horses.
General regulations US Army Corps Engineers USACE for horses.

The regulations allow the use of horses, but only on designated trails or areas. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.11(c).

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Hunting

Authorization

General regulations US Army Corps Engineers USACE for hunting and weapons.
General regulations US Army Corps Engineers USACE for hunting and weapons.

In general, the regulations allow hunting except (a) in prohibited areas or (b) during prohibited periods, subject to (i) any additional restrictions and (ii) all Federal, State, and local regulations. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.78(a), (d) and (e).

Weapons

When the regulations allow hunting in an area, weapons must be unloaded when being transported to, from, or between hunting and fishing sites. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.13(a)(2).

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Leveling

In general, the regulations prohibit leveling. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.6(d).

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Litter

The regulations require litter to either be (a) removed or (b) deposited in the receptacles, including all garbage, trash, rubbish, litter, gray water, or any other waste material or liquid. Warning shot!!! Do NOT dispose of household or commercial garbage or dead animals. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.9(a) and (b).

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Livestock

The regulations allow livestock, but only on designated trails or areas. Warning shot!!! Ranging, grazing, and watering required a lease, license or other written agreement from the District Commander. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.11(c) and (d).

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Natural Resources

See “Public Property” below.


Mineral Deposits

See “Public Property” below.


Metal Detectors

In general, the regulations allow metal detectors on designated beaches or previously disturbed areas. However, they might otherwise prohibit them for the purpose of protecting archaeological, historical or paleontological resources. Warning shot!!! Specific information is available at the Manager’s Office, but there are special handling requirements for items valued over $25. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.14(d).

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Passes

The regulations require either an annual pass ($30) or a day use pass, which is $4 per vehicle

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Permits

Display

Visitors must properly display all receipts, permits, and/or passes. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.23(c).

Fees

Each area may charge a fee for day-use, special recreation use, and/or a special permit. Also, see 36 CFR §§ 327.19(d) and 327.23(a).

Terms and conditions

Visitors must comply with permit terms and conditions. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.19(d).

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Personal Property

Abandonment

Personal property is considered to be abandoned if it’s left either (a) abandoned, (b) stored, or (c) unattended, for more than 24 hours unless posted otherwise. If so, it is subject to public auction. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.15.

Litter

Sites must remain free of trash and litter. Also, see36 CFR § 327.9(d).

Lost and Found

If person property is lost and found, it will be left at the Manager’s officer or with a ranger. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.16.

Removal

Visitors must remove all personal property upon departure. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.9(d).

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Pets

See “Dogs and Pets” above.


Pollution

Visitors must NOT spill, pump, or dispose of contaminants, pollutants or other waste into the water (e.g. human or animal waste, petroleum, industrial and commercial products and by-products, as well as sewage, galley waste, garbage, refuse, or pollutants). Also, see 36 CFR § 327.9(c) and (e).

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Public Nuisance

Conduct

The regulations prohibit boisterous, rowdy, and disorderly conduct. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.12(c).

Nighttime

The regulations prohibit all unreasonable disturbances between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. or as otherwise posted (e.g. excessive noise). Also, see 36 CFR § 327.12(b).

Noise

The regulations prohibit unreasonable annoyances of other people with sound-producing or motorized equipment (e.g. generators, vehicles and boats). Also, see 36 CFR § 327.12(d).

Safety

The regulations prohibit putting others in danger. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.12(d).

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Public Property

The regulations do not allow visitors to destroy, injure, deface, remove, or alter (e.g. natural formations, mineral deposits, historical and archaeological features, paleontological resources, boundary monumentation or markers and vegetative growth). Also, see 36 CFR § 327.14(a).

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Public Use

The District Commander can close or restrict use of an area when it’s in the public’s best interest (e.g. public health, public safety, maintenance, and resource protection). Also, see36 CFR § 327.12(a).

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Smoking

The regulations prohibit smoking at (a) Visitor Centers, (b) enclosed park buildings, or (c) as posted. Also, see36 CFR § 327.12(f).

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Structures

In general, the regulations prohibit the building of structures. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.6(d).

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Target Shooting

When the regulations allow target shooting, weapons must remain unloaded when being transported to, from, or between hunting and fishing sites. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.13(a)(2).

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Trapping

General regulations US Army Corps Engineers USACE for trapping.
General regulations US Army Corps Engineers USACE for trapping.

In general, the regulations allow trapping except (a) in prohibited areas or (b) during prohibited periods, subject to (i) any additional restrictions and (ii) all Federal, State, and local regulations. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.78(b), (d) and (e).

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Vegetation

The regulations do not allow visitors to cut, gather, or remove trees or wood, or any parts thereof (also see “Public Property”). Also, see36 CFR § 327.14(a) and (b).

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Vehicles

Under the regulations, “vehicles” include automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, mini-bikes, snowmobiles, dune buggies, all-terrain vehicles, and trailers, campers, bicycles, or any other such equipment. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.2(a).

Citations

Citations for misuse of vehicles will be issued to the owner unless the operator can be identified. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.1(h).

Operation

Visitors must not operate vehicles in a careless, negligent or reckless manner that endangers other people, property or environmental feature. Also, see36 CFR § 327.2(3).

Parking

Drivers must comply with posted restrictions and must not (a) impede emergency traffic, (b) impede parking of others, (c) create a safety hazard, or (d) endanger any person, property or environmental feature. (c) The operation and/or parking of a vehicle off authorized roadways is prohibited except at locations and times designated by the District Commander. Taking any vehicle through, around or beyond a restrictive sign, recognizable barricade, fence, or traffic control barrier is prohibited. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.2(d).

Recreation Areas

Vehicles may only be used to enter or exit unless otherwise posted. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.2(f).

Sound

In general, vehicle engine exhaust sound must be muffled. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.2(g).

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Violations

For violations of these regulations, punishment may include a fine up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment up to six months. Also, see36 CFR § 327.25 and 18 USC § 3401.

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Visiting Hours

The District Commander can restrict visiting hours by posting them at the facility. Also, see 36 CFR § 327.12(a).

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While we try to fetch up all general regulations for the US Army Corps Engineers (USACE), and summarize them accurately, we might miss a few or make a typo. If so, please leave a comment or question in the reply box below.

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