The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, has twelve natural resources projects in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi that feature of our Nation's most beautiful lakes and rivers. These lakes and rivers provide boating opportunities for every kind of recreational vessel from fishing boats and sailboats - to pontoons and personal watercraft.
While spending a day on the water can be fun and rewarding for the entire family, make sure you put safety first. Always wear a life jacket, never go around the water when you are intoxicated on drugs or alcohol, never exceed your swimming abilities, steer clear of commercial water vehicles, and always watch your children.
Boat Ramp Status
You can check the status of a specific boat ramp at any lake by calling the project office. Contact numbers are found on their websites which can be accessed using the links provided.
All vessels on Corps waters must be registered with the registration numbers posted on the hull with the exception of certain small craft, such as canoes or kayaks, which may not need to be registered.
At many Corps of Engineers day-use recreation areas, a daily fee of up to $5 is charged for the use of boat ramps and other facilities within these areas. Corps of Engineers Annual Passes may be purchased at our project offices. Duplicate passes are no longer sold at a reduced price. Additional passes must be purchased at full price for use in more than one vehicle at a time.
It is important that you, as a boat operator, know and understand the boating "rules of the road" and the meaning of buoys and markers on the waterways. Contact your local Project Office for information on boater safety courses that may be offered in your area. Some projects offer online boating courses. Drinking and operating a vessel is not only unwise, it is illegal. All state boating laws apply on Corps projects as well as Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Take a minute to review the meanings of the buoys and markers listed below.