Rules & Regulations

THE RULES AND REGULATIONS AT THE RESERVOIR ARE IN KEEPING WITH THE CONCEPT OF A NATURE PRESERVE, NOT A PARK OR PLAYGROUND.

Permitted Activities

Hiking – Nature Study – Wildlife Observation

Fishing – from boats and shoreline, except from the shoreline of the Environmental Preserve and other restricted areas.

Boating – fishing boats, sail boats, row boats and canoes must be at least 11.6 feet in length.

Kayaks – must be at least 9 feet in length.

Inflatables – must be a minimum of 10 feet in length and have at least 3 air chambers.

All boats must be launched from the Boat Ramp.

Electric motors only.

A full list of boating and fishing rules is available.

Hunting – restricted hunting under the auspices of the established hunting club, the Merrill Creek Conservation and Sportsmen Association (MCCSA).

Cross-country skiing – Photography

Dogs and other pets, outdoors only and must be leashed at all times.


Prohibited Activities

  • Swimming – Wading – SCUBA diving – Snorkeling
  • Photographing any of the facility structures
  • Water skiing – Board sailing – Jet skiing – stand on top paddle boards – wind surfing
  • Tubing or other use of water flotation devices
  • Picnicking – Camping – Sports activities
  • Any activity on ice
  • Snowmobiling
  • Vehicles of any kind off paved areas
  • Bicycles off paved areas
  • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal substances or possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Commercial groups or activities
  • Collecting, picking or disturbing plants or wildlife
  • Feeding wildlife
  • Fires of any kind
  • Radios, tape or record players, or other sound-producing devices unless used with earphones
  • Smoking, except in parking areas and on the water
  • Firearms, bow and arrow, or other weapons, except for hunting permitted under the auspices of the MCCSA
  • Archaeological activities, including metal detectors
  • Radio-controlled model airplanes or boats and drones
  • Fireworks and other explosives
  • Skateboards or roller skates
  • Sledding
  • Horses
  • Climbing on structures or trees
  • Protesting or picketing – Soliciting
  • Posting or distributing signs or literature

VIOLATORS ARE SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION


Restricted Areas

No walking, climbing, docking or other access on or at:

  • All parts of the Main Dam and its instrument access stairway, with the exception that walking on the roadways across the top is permitted.
  • All parts of the three Dikes, with the exception that walking on the roadways across the top is permitted.
  • Stoned areas at the bottom of the outside slope of the Main Dam and the Dikes.
  • Inlet/Outlet Tower and its bridge.
  • Fenced areas posted “Restricted Area.”
  • Other areas that are posted with temporary restrictions.