General Rules for use of Federal Recreation Lands


  • If you are staying at a campground, you must camp only in those places specifically provided or marked.
  • All vehicles, RVs, and trailers must be parked on your campsite or driveway. Driving or parking off road is not permitted.
  • Quiet hours are between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Please be considerate of others.
  • Camping longer than 14 consecutive days is generally not allowed. At Corps of Engineers campsites only, camping at one or more campsites at any one water resource project (lake) for a period longer than 14 days during any 30-consecutive day period is prohibited.
  • The number of camping units per campsite varies and is set locally.


  • Help prevent pollution by keeping garbage, litter, and foreign substances out of lakes, streams, and other waters.
  • All garbage and litter must either be deposited in containers provided, or taken with you when you leave.


  • Obey any restrictions on fires. Fires may be limited or prohibited at certain times.
  • Within campgrounds and other recreation areas, fires may only be built in fire rings, stoves, grills, or fireplaces provided for that purpose.
  • Be sure your fire is completely extinguished before leaving. Do not leave your fire unattended. You are responsible for keeping fires under control.

Vehicle Operation

  • Drivers must obey all traffic signs and operate their vehicles in accordance with posted regulations, and applicable Federal, State and local laws.
  • Vehicles must be parked in designated areas only.
  • Use of vehicles within campgrounds and other recreation areas is limited to entering or leaving those areas.

Pets and Animals

  • Pets must be restrained or on a leash at all times while in developed recreation areas.
  • Pets (except guide dogs) are not allowed in swimming areas or sanitary facilities.
  • Saddle or pack animals are only allowed where authorized by posted instructions.


  • Use of fireworks or other explosives within campgrounds and other recreation areas is prohibited.

Public Property

  • Preserve and protect your National Forests, National Parks, and Corps of Engineers Lake areas. Leave natural areas the way you find them.
  • Do not carve, chop, cut and damage any live trees.

General Notice

All visitors and users of Federal Recreation Lands are subject to Federal Regulations. The points of conduct listed here are included and enforceable through Federal Regulations.

USDA Forest Service

CFR Title 36, Part 261 - Prohibitions, are applicable to the National Forests. Copies of Title 36 are on file at all Forest Supervisor and District Ranger offices.

USDOI National Park Service

CFR Title 36, Chapter 1 - National Park Service, Department Of The Interior. Copies of Title 36 are on file at all National Park offices.

US Army Corps of Engineers

CFR Title 36, Part 327 - Rules and Regulations Governing Public Use of Corps of Engineers Water Resource Development Projects, contains additional information and requirements. Copies of Title 36 are posted on most bulletin boards and are available from Rangers, Park Attendants, and Lake offices.

Specific Regulations for Federal Agencies

Bureau of Reclamation

Rules and Regulations Governing Camping at New Melones Lake

Bureau of Land Management

CFR Title 43, Chapter II, Part 2933 - Rules and Regulations Governing Recreation Use Permits
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