and regulations governing public use of U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers water resources development
projects are published in Title 36, CFR and are
posted on bulletin boards or are available from
a park ranger. The following additional regulations
are in effect for all St. Louis District Corps
of Engineers projects as authorized in Title 36,
CFR 327.12A. "The District Engineer may establish
and post a schedule of visiting hours and/or restrictions
on the public use of a project or portion of a
and Picnic Areas
operation of powerless flight devices including
but not limited to, sail planes, gliders,
balloons, body kites, and hang gliders is permitted.
Powerless flight devices shall not be operated
on any part of the dam, roads, bridges, or over
beaches or any other heavy use area.
waste water must be collected in a container
and disposed of in authorized disposal facilities.
In primitive areas where sanitary facilities
are not provided, human waste must be buried
100 feet from any body of water and/or campsite.
use of a Golden Age or Golden Access Passport
by someone other then the person to whom it
is issued is prohibited.
in recreation areas administered by Corps if
Engineers are open to licensed vehicles
and licensed drivers.
on the grass in any location, along roadsides,
or in such a manner as to obstruct traffic is
areas, designated by the project manager and marked
with appropriate signs, close at 10:00p.m. Other
areas that are not posted will remain open
to public use.
is prohibited on the sand and water portions
of all swimming beaches as well as any other nearby facilities
normally associated with beaches that are marked
with appropriate signs. These facilities may
include, but are not limited to, picnic areas,
parking lots, picnic shelters, etc.
glass and other dangerous objects, including
but not limited to, lawn darts and horseshoes,
avoid unsanitary conditions, food, pets,
and waste materials are prohibited on the sand
and water portion of swimming and other posted
responsible person must register and pay fees
within a reasonable time after camp is established
or when the fee booth opens. Check out time
is 4:00p.m. Reservations sites will be available
for occupancy when available, but no later then
Rend Lake the majority of sites are classified
as single capacity sites, the only exception
are designated family double sites, which are
double capacity sites. The maximum number of
campers per site is eight.
total number of camping units for single
capacity sites are limited to one recreational
vehicle or trailer and three additional
tents. If no recreational vehicle or trailer
is on the site, a maximum of four tents
will be permitted.
total number of camping units for double
capacity sites are limited to two recreational
vehicles or trailers and six additional
tents. If no recreational vehicle or trailer
is on the site, a maximum of eight tents
will be permitted. Campground roads and
facilities are to be used by registered
campers and their visitors only. Interfering
with, or restricting the use of the shoreline
by boaters or other lake users is prohibited.
wheeled vehicles, including but not limited
to mopeds, mini bikes, boat trailers, motorcycles,
and other vehicles, must be kept on camping
pads registered to vehicle users or in designated
parking areas. All motor vehicles must be parked
lengthwise on the camp pad except at sites with
irregularly shaped pads. Empty boat trailers
may be stored on the grass provided that they
are moved onto and off the grass by hand.
tables and lantern holders must remain on gravel
surfaces at campsites with gravel impact areas.
avoid tree damage, hanging lanterns are to be
suspended a minimum of 8" from the side
of trees and 24" from overhead limbs. Do
not drive axes, nails, or other objects into
and Fishing Rules and Regulations
federal and State managed lands at Rend Lake
are available for hunting except established
recreation areas and the waterfowl refuge. These
recreation and refuge areas include the areas
around: North and South Marcum, North and South
Sandusky, Dam West, Gun Creek, RLCD, Wayne Fitzgerrell
State Park, and the Wildlife Refuge. Bulletin
boards at access lots have current information
and regulations specific to Rend Lake.
parking lots, some with boat ramps, are provided
around the lake. Water fowlers will find registration
boxes at access points during the waterfowl
season. It is state law that goose and duck
hunters sign in before hunting and record with
harvest prior to leaving the area. All non-hunting
areas are appropriately signed. A section describing
the signage is below. All state game laws apply
at Rend Lake as well as certain federal laws.
Hunters should obtain copies of these rules
and regulations as well as the current Administrative
Orders when planning their hunting trip. Good
planning and knowledge of the game laws makes
for good hunting and good conversation.
steel shot is required for pheasant hunting
at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park and for all
waterfowl and dove hunting at Rend Lake.
to date and timely information on hunting and
fishing opportunities is available 24-hours
a day 365 days a year, through the Rend Lake
Recreation Information Network. Weather forecasts
and lake conditions are updated regularly. Information
on seasonal fishing prospects and goose information,
is also available. The Rend Lake Recreation
Information Network can be accessed by tuning
your car's AM radio to 530 kHz.
day use fee is collected at
designated Corps of Engineers boat ramps. Day
use fees also apply to swimming (must be paid
before swimming) at the North Marcum and South
Sandusky beaches. Standard fees are by per
person or by car load..
Children, 12 and under, are admitted free to
the beach. An annual day use pass for boat ramps
and beaches may be purchased at Corps of Engineers
offices. Persons with a Corps of
Engineers camping permit are exempt from day
use fees on any date for which the permit is
valid. Golden Age and Golden Access Discounts
apply to day use fees.
Information on this page may not be current and it is recommended that you contact the Rend Lake Corp of Engineers at 618-439-7430 for current information