(1) The lakes
governed by this rule are Browns Creek Lake, Carroll Lake, Coy Gaither-Bedford
Lake, Davy Crockett Lake, Garrett Lake, Gibson County Lake, Glenn Springs Lake,
Graham Lake, Herb Parsons Lake, Lake Halford, Laurel Hill Lake, Maples Creek
Lake, Marrowbone Lake, Reelfoot-Indian Creek Watershed Lakes (Obion County),
V.F.W. Lake, Whiteville Lake, and Williamsport Lake.
(2) A 1 Day Daily or Annual TWRA Lake Fishing
Permit is required on all lakes listed above except Garrett Lake,
Reelfoot-Indian Creek Watershed Lakes, and Whiteville Lake. A 1 Day or Annual
Lake Halford Permit is required on Lake Halford by all lake and property users
except under provisions of paragraph (3). A 1 Day Coy Gaither-Bedford Lake
Permit or Annual TWRA Lake Fishing Permit is required on Coy Gaither-Bedford
Lake except under provisions of paragraph (3). These permits (not transferable)
are required by all except those exempt under provisions of paragraph
(3) Residents exempt from the
1 Day Daily or Annual TWRA Lake Fishing Permit, the 1 Day or Annual Lake
Halford Permit, and the 1 Day Coy Gaither-Bedford Lake Permit are: those 65
years of age and older, children under 16 years of age and those with a
Sportsman License. Non-Residents exempt from the 1 Day or Annual TWRA Lake
Fishing Permit, the Daily Lake Permit 1 Day or Annual Lake Halford Permit, and
the 1 Day Coy Gaither-Bedford Lake Permit are: children under 16 years of
(4) Unattended private boats
may not be left on the lakes except those tied to permitted boat docks on
Gibson County Lake and Lake Halford.
(5) Boats may not exceed no wake-speed,
except as noted in paragraph (9). Boats used for any activity other than
fishing is prohibited, except as noted in paragraph (7). Use of motors, other
than electric trolling motors, to operate boats on V.F.W. Lake, Coy
Gaither-Bedford Lake, Williamsport Lakes, or Marrowbone Lake is
sailboats, cruisers, skiing, and swimming are prohibited except swimming is
permitted on Reelfoot-Indian Creek Watershed Lakes. Sailboats, skiing, and
swimming are allowed at Lake Halford. Cruisers and houseboats are prohibited at
(7) Hunting is
permitted during the regular hunting season on the following lakes and adjacent
state lands, except on areas posted as safety zones: Garrett Lake, VFW Lake,
Whiteville Lake, Coy Gaither-Bedford Lake, Laurel Hill Lake, Carroll Lake (no
big game hunting allowed on Carroll Lake and State owned land adjacent
thereto), and Reelfoot-lndian Creek Watershed Lakes. Trapping is allowed on
Reelfoot-lndian Creek Watershed Lakes as set out in statewide regulations.
Waterfowl hunting is permitted from temporary or natural blinds only on Garrett
Lake, Laurel Hill Lake, Whiteville Lake, and Reelfoot-lndian Creek Watershed
Lakes. Blinds and decoys must be removed daily from Garrett Lake, Whiteville
Lake, and Reelfoot-lndian Creek Watershed Lakes. Boats may be used for
waterfowl hunting on Garrett Lake, Laurel Hill Lake, Whiteville Lake, and
Reelfoot-lndian Creek Watershed Lakes.
(8) On those lakes where camping is permitted
it is restricted to those areas designated by the Lake Manager or
concessionaire in charge, and requires their permission.
(9) On Laurel Hill Lake and Lake Halford, the
"no wake" speed is restricted to that area of the lake delineated by "no wake"
(10) All persons utilizing
Agency managed lakes and property must supply license and permit information,
present their catch for inspection, and check in and out if requested by Agency
personnel or agents.
(11) No person
shall be under the influence or in the possession of any intoxicating beverages
or drugs while on these areas. However, alcoholic beverages are permitted in
the designated camping location at Lake Halford.
(12) No person shall deface state property,
block access areas, cut trees, bushes, and shrubs or litter the area.
(13) For safety reasons, the TWRA Executive
Director or their designee, has the authority to close any TWRA lake to
Tenn. Comp. R.
Original rule certified May 8, 1974. Amendment filed June 9, 1978;
effective July 10, 1978. Amendment filed May 19, 1980; effective July 3, 1980.
Repeal and new rule filed February 4, 1983; effective March 7, 1983. Amendment
filed February 20, 1986; effective March 22, 1986. Amendment filed June 9,
1986; effective July 9, 1986. Amendment filed February 26, 1987; effective
April 12, 1987. Amendment filed April 20, 1988; effective June 4, 1988.
Amendment filed December 18, 1989; effective February 1, 1990. Amendment filed
January 14, 1991; effective February 28, 1991. Amendment filed September 26,
1996; effective December 10, 1996. Amendment filed February 27, 1998; effective
May 13, 1998. Amendment filed September 4, 1998; effective November 18, 1998.
Amendment filed March 31, 2000; effective June 14, 2000. Amendment filed
January 5, 2001; March 22, 2001. Amendment filed January 3, 2003; effective
March 19, 2003. Amendments filed February 10, 2005; effective April 26, 2005.
Amendment filed May 12, 2005; effective July 26, 2005. Amendment filed February
9, 2007; effective April 25, 2007. Amendment filed May 31, 2013; effective
August 29, 2013. Amendment filed March 27, 2015; effective June 25, 2015. A
six-day stay of the effective date filed March 27, 2015; new effective date
July 1, 2015. Amendment filed September 19, 2016; effective December 18, 2016.
Amendments filed March 10, 2023; effective
Authority: T.C.A. §§
70-1-206, 70-1-302, 70-2-219, and