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Worth County Conservation Board Rules and Regulations
SECTION 1. Definitions: Pursuant to the authority of Chapter 350 of the Code of Iowa, the Worth County Conservation Board hereby promulgates and places into effect the following regulations. The following terms, as used in these regulations, shall for the purpose of these regulations have the meanings assigned hereto, unless a different meaning is clearly indicated.
A. The term Board shall mean the Worth County, Iowa, Conservation Board.
B. The term Department shall refer to the administrative office of the Worth County Conservation Board.
C. The term Director shall mean the Director of the Worth County Conservation Board.
D. The term area shall mean all or any part of the land and/or water owned, leased, managed or by other means under the control of the Board including its parks and wildlife areas.
E. The term authorized representative shall include Park Rangers and other persons designated from time to time by the Director.
F. The term special use permit shall mean any use permit, issued by the Department, pursuant to authority delegated by the Board, and signed by the Director or his authorized representative.
G. The term camp or camping shall mean the use of a shelter such as a tent, camping trailer, motor vehicle, tarpaulin, or sleeping bag for temporary residence at a campground.
H. The term campground shall mean any area designated by the Board for camping.
I. The term campsite shall mean a segment of a campground designated by the Board for a camping unit or camping
J. The term camping unit shall mean either a single tent not larger than 140 square feet in size at its base, pickup camper, motor home or converted bus, recreational camping trailer, or a motor vehicle used for a camp by a camping party, except those shelters used exclusively for dining purposes, plus, at the option of said camping party, a second tent or an additional tent no larger than 140 square feet in size at its base, if same is used and occupied by members of that camping party under the age of 18.
K. The term camping party shall mean any individual, family, or informal unorganized group of not more than five persons occupying one campsite.
L. The term family shall mean a parent or parents with their unmarried children who are the parent's legal dependents. More than five persons will be allowed on the campsite as long as they are all of the same family.
M. The term youth group and special group shall mean a group consisting of minor members of an established organization and under the leadership of at least one competent, mature adult for each eight minors in the group and using any number of camping units or occupying a group campground.
N. The term capacity shall mean the maximum number of camping parties or camping units that the Board shall from time to time determine may occupy an area, campground or campsite.
O. The term official signs shall mean signs provided for in the Iowa State Highway Commission Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Iowa Streets and Highways and other signs designated from time to time by the Board.
P. The term noise shall mean any loud, confused or senseless shouting or outcry or a sound which is noticeably unpleasant.
Q. The term adult shall refer to any individual who has reached the legal minimum drinking age as established by the State of Iowa.
350 Statues Applicable. The provisions of Section 461.35 through 461.57 inclusive, plus the Iowa Administrative Code, shall apply to all lands and waters under the control of any county conservation board, in the same manner as if such lands and waters were state parks, lands or waters. Wherever used in said sections, the words "Iowa Department of Natural Resources" and "DNR" shall include a county conservation board, and the words "DNR Director" shall include a county conservation board or its Director, with respect to any lands or waters under the control of a county conservation board. However, the provisions of said sections may be modified or superseded by rules and regulations adopted as provided in Section 350.5.
WORTH COUNTY RULES AND ADDITIONS
1.0 Fees and Charges: Fees or charges made for services or for use of land, facilities, equipment, materials or supplies on any area to be collected by the Department or authorized concessionaires shall be prescribed and approved by the Board. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to enter or use any facilities for which entrance fees or user fees are prescribed without payment of same, except those persons on official business or authorized by special use permit.
FEES AND CHARGES SCHEDULE
$10.00 per night per campsite - maximum of 5 persons per campsite unless all persons are of the same family. There is a 50c charge for each person over the 5 person limit added to the $10.00 fee.
$10.00 to reserve a shelter house at Worth Co. Lake, Silver Lake or Ochee Yahola. These shelters may be used without charge as long as no one has asked to reserve that shelter for that particular time. The fee for the shelter at Kuennen’s Quarry is $70 per day with a cleaning and damage deposit of $150.
2.0 Collection of Fruits and Nuts. Section 461A.41 entitled Removing plants, flowers or fruit'' is hereby modified as follows: It shall be lawful to collect the fruit of all nut and berry producing plants or mushrooms for non-commercial home use, provided that the collector does not otherwise damage the parent plant.
3.0 Use of Firearms. Section 461A.42 entitled ' Use of firearms prohibited exceptions' is hereby modified as follows: It shall be lawful to hunt or pursue game birds or wild animals in or on all areas unless otherwise posted by the Board with official signs.
4.0 Training and Exercising Dogs. Section 461A.45 entitled ''Animals on leash' is hereby modified as follows: It shah be lawful to permit dogs to run at large for the purpose of training or exercising them in or on all areas under the management of the Board except that in the following parks all dogs must be kept on a leash not longer than 6 feet and under the control of the owner or caretaker at all times, Silver Lake Park, Worth County Lake, Ochee Yahola Park, Kuennen’s Quarry.
5.0 Hunting Restricted. It shall be unlawful to hunt, pursue or in any manner molest any birds or wild animals or to use or carry firearms, fireworks, explosives and weapons of all kinds, except as otherwise provided by law, in or on any area so posted by the Board.
6.0 Tree Stands, Blinds and Decoys.
6.1 Tree Stands and Blinds. The use of blinds and tree stands is restricted. (For the purpose of these rules blinds and tree stands can be used interchangeably and shall mean a constructed place of ambush or concealment for the purpose of hunting, observing or photographing any species of wildlife). The following rules shall apply to all areas under control of the Board.
6.2 Ownership. Any person may construct a blind on an area using only the natural vegetation found on the area, except that no trees or parts of trees other than willows may be cut for that purpose, and the construction of such a blind does not give any person any proprietary right to use the blind.
6.3 Construction Materials. No person shall bring to use for the construction of a blind thereon, any sawed lumber, wire, nails, bolts, posts or pipe, metal cable, or hardware of any type, except when these materials are parts of portable blinds which are self-contained units readily movable from one site to another.
6.4 Protection of Trees. No person shall drive or otherwise place any nail, spike, pin or any other object, metal or otherwise, into any tree in or on any area for the purpose of constructing a blind or to facilitate access to a blind or to a hunting location above the ground.
6.5 Removing Blinds and Tree Stands. Except as otherwise provided in the Iowa Administrative Code portable blinds as described above are prohibited during the open season for taking waterfowl on any area between the hours of one hour after legal shooting time and midnight of each day, except this prohibition shall not apply to portable tree stands placed in or on a tree, not over water, and used only for purposes other than hunting waterfowl. A portable blind constructed on a boat shall be considered to be removed from the area when the boat supporting such blind is tied up or moored at an approved access site.
6.6 Decoys. The use of decoys in or on all areas is restricted. For the purpose of these rules a decoy is defined as a bird or animal or a likeness of one used to lure game into shooting range.
6.7 Removal of Decoys. Except as otherwise provided in the Iowa Administrative Code decoys are prohibited on all areas between the hours of one hour after legal shooting time and midnight of each day. Decoys are considered removed from an area if they are picked up and placed within a boat or other container at an approved access site.
6.8 Tree stands must be removed no later than 2 weeks after the close of a hunting season the stand was used for.
7.1 Camping is allowed only in designated campgrounds and on designated campsites within those campgrounds as established by the Board.
7.2 Violation of any state law or any county park rule and regulation by any member of a camping party is cause for revocation of the camping permit and entire camping party shall be required to leave the area. Camping fees shall be forfeit under this rule.
7.3 When any campground is open and in a usable condition all charges and fees shall be in effect and shall be enforced as set forth in the official fee schedule approved by the Board. Registration must be completed immediately after selecting a campsite. Occupation of a campsite requires that a tent, camping trailer or motor home be on the site at the time of registration. Only an adult member of the camping party occupying the site may register.
7.4 A member of the registered camping party shall occupy each campsite or camping unit in the first night of the camping period and no campsite shall be left unoccupied for more than 24 hours, except that the Director or his authorized representative may, by issuing a special use permit, allow a camping party to be absent from their campsite or camping unit for a period not exceeding 48 hours. No camping party shall receive more than one special use permit for this purpose during any 14 day camping period. Failure to comply with this rule will result in the removal by whatever means necessary of the camping unit at the owner's expense and liability.
7.5 No camping party or camping unit of any kind shall occupy any campsite more than 14 days out of any 21 day period. This shall apply to all campgrounds under the jurisdiction of the Board and prohibits the moving from one campsite to another in an effort to extend your stay beyond the 14 day limit.
7.6 It shall be unlawful for more than one camping party or camping unit to occupy a campsite.
7.7Campsites marked with the international symbol for tents are restricted to tent use only. All other sites are open for tent, camping trailer, or motor home use.
7.8 All campsites must be maintained in a neat and clean manner or the occupants will be required to leave.
7.9 It shall be unlawful to park any motor vehicle outside the parking area designated at each campsite, and not more than one licensed vehicle are permitted at any campsite.
7.10 Nothing may be tied upon or hung over the natural vegetation or park property.
7.11 It shall be unlawful for any person to obtain a camping permit for use by a camping party of which he is not a member, except that parents and group leaders shall obtain permits to be used by youth groups.
7.12 All campers shall maintain quiet and avoid excessive noise in the campgrounds between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
7.13 No camping party shall set up or take down their camping equipment between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
7.14 No camping unit or party shall move from its assigned campsite to another without the prior approval of the Director or his authorized representative.
7.15 Campers shall restore their campsite to the same approximate condition or better than when they found it.
7.16 All campfires must be built in a fire ring when and where provided. Campfires are not allowed if a fire ring is not provided.
7.17 No camping shall be allowed under any circumstances within fifty feet of any well or public restroom facility.
7.18 Check out time is 3:00 p.m. on the last day for which you have paid except that on Sundays and holidays the check out time will be 6:30 p.m. on the last day for which you have paid.
7.19 There will be no refunds issued.
8.0 Noise producing devices. It shall be unlawful to operate or use any radio, television, stereo, musical instrument, electric generating plants, power saws, or any similar equipment in or on any area in such a manner as to create excessive noise and/or disturb other persons. Said equipment shall under no circumstances be used between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.
9.0 Public address systems restricted. It shall be unlawful to operate or use any public address system whether fixed, portable or vehicular mounted, in or on any area except when such use or operation has been approved in writing by the Director or his authorized representative.
10.0 Radio, television or telephone equipment restricted. It shall be unlawful to install aerial or other special radio, telephone or television equipment in or on any area without the approval in writing to the Director or his authorized representative.
11.0 Recreation uses only allowed. It shall be unlawful for any person to occupy any portion of any area for washing or repairing vehicles; advertising or political campaigning; hawking, peddling, or any other commercial activity, except concessionaires acting under the authority of a lease or contract with the Board and those activities provided for by the Board.
12.0 Use of horses restricted. It shall be unlawful to ride, lead or otherwise allow the entry or use of horses or horse-drawn wagons on any portion of any area except on designated trails and roadways. The Board shall from time to time designate trails and roads for the use of horses and the Director or his authorized representative may, by issuing a special use permit, allow such activity on any area
13.0 ATV's and snowmobiles restricted. It shall be unlawful to operate any snowmobile, tote bike, air sled, swamp buggy, all terrain vehicle or any other land conveyance propelled by a gasoline or electrical engine and run on wheels, tracks or runners in or on any area, except for those trails and roads which the Board shall from time to time designate and those other areas for which a special use permit has been issued.
14.0 Swimming Restricted. It shall be unlawful to swim, wade or engage in related water activities in or on any ponds or waters in or on any area, except for those ponds or waters specifically designated from time to time by the Board.
15.0 Reserving park facilities. It shall be unlawful for a minor to reserve a park facility. If a group consists of mixed adults and minors, a ratio of at least one adult to each eight minors must be maintained unless the group is a "registered youth group". A registered youth group may maintain different ratios if the group is sponsored for the activity by the Director or his authorized representative. There is a fee for reserving a park facility.
16.0 Domestic refuse not allowed. It shall be unlawful to deposit garbage, refuse or litter from any household, business or any other place to any area for the purpose of disposing of the same in any refuse or litter container there provided.
17.0 Boats unattended not permitted. It shall be unlawful to leave unattended any boat or other form of water conveyance on or attached to any area, except those areas designated from time to time by the Board, for more than 12 consecutive hours. Any water conveyance left in violation hereof shall be removed and stored at the expense of its owner, which expense shall not be less than $100. If not reclaimed within six months of its removal hereunder, such water conveyance shall thereafter be disposed of.
Motor vehicles unattended not permitted. It shall be unlawful to leave any motor vehicle unattended on any area for more than 24 hours without the permission of the Director or his authorized representative. Any motor vehicle left in violation hereof shall be removed and stored at the expense of its owner, which expense shall not be less than $150.00. If not reclaimed within 6 months such motor vehicles shall be considered abandoned and shall thereafter be disposed of.
18.0 Official signs. It shall be unlawful for any person to enter, use or occupy any area or facilities within said area in disregard of any official signs.
19.0 Possession and consumption of beer or alcoholic beverages, except for groups with a special use permit, is restricted. It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or consume beer, as defined in Section 123.1(9) between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. in or on any area, except that beer or alcohol may be possessed within a camping unit or out of sight between said hours by adult member of any camping party or an adult camping at a campground. Any beer or alcohol possessed in violation of this rule shall be confiscated by the Director or his authorized representative and destroyed.
20.0 Closing time. All parks (Ochee Yahola, Worth County Lake, Deer Creek Rest Area, Kuennen’s Quarry and Silver Lake Park) shall be closed to public use between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. unless otherwise specified by the Board, in which case official signs will be erected giving the public constructive notice of such change. The Director or his authorized representative may issue special use permits in conformity with Board policy which, when issued, shall allow groups or persons to observe other hours. The provisions of this section shall not apply to authorized camping by registered camping groups in designated camping areas or people actively engaged in fishing.
21.0 Speed limit. Using the authority provided for in the State Traffic Code the Board has established a universal 15 M.P.H. speed limit on all county park roads in Worth County except in campgrounds where the limit is 10 m.p.h.
22.0 Parking: all vehicles must use a designated parking area.
23.0 Improper use of park facilities that could cause injury or damage is prohibited. Improper use includes, but is not limited to, diving or jumping into the lake from trees, branches, benches, tables, or any natural or man-made structures.
23.0 Indecent or Obscene acts. Commission of any of the following acts by any person, persons, firm corporation or partnership or associations of any kind, will constitute a violation of this rule.
23.1 Indecent printing: Knowingly or willfully to manufacture, print, publish, sell, advertise, offer for sale, import, show, lend, deliver, carry, distribute, circulate, give, buy, procure, receive or have in one’s possession with the intent to make any of the above transactions, any obscene, lewd, indecent, lascivious or filthy book, pamphlet, paper, drawing, lithograph, engraving, print, picture, photograph, writing, card, model, cast, phonograph record or any instrument or article of indecent or immoral use which would manifestly tend to corrupt the morals of youth or others.
23.2 Indecent exposure: Designedly to expose oneself or the person of another in a grossly open and indecent or obscene manner, to public view in the state of nudity or lewdness or in indecent or lewd dress.
23.3 Urinating and defecating: Intentionally urinating or defecating upon any public property or area, within public view. Nothing in this section shall be construed as to prohibit any person from urinating or defecating in any public restroom.
24.0 Glass bottles and beverage containers are not allowed at Kuennen’s Quarry. Exception: glass containers will be allowed if they are confined to the cabin, this does not include the porch.
25.0 Exceptions. Nothing in these rules and regulations shall prohibit or hinder the Department, its Supervisors, Park Rangers, other employees or duly authorized agents or any other peace officers from performing their official duties.
27.0 The use of paint balls and any weapon capable of firing them is prohibited on any area managed or owned by the Board.
28.0 Geocaches may be established on property owned or managed by the Board if they are registered with the Director. Caches must be registered before being placed. Registration will be done on a form provided by the Board. Information required is not limited to the following: Name of owner, address of owner, location of cache. Geocaches will not be allowed in a refuge, environmentally sensitive areas, areas that periodically burned, or where they may be a safety hazard.
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