Perry Lakes Park, Barton's Beach Cahaba River Preserve
Marion Fish Hatchery

Rules and Regulations

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The Perry Lakes Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, Marion State Fish Hatchery, Barton’s Beach Cahaba River Preserve joins each other to form approximately 1,000 acres of outstanding recreation, education, and outdoor adventures. This environmental treasure is located six miles east of Marion, Perry County, Alabama, on State Highway 175.

Perry Lakes Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

Perry Lakes Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a State owned resource containing three Cahaba River oxbow natural fishing lakes, a picnic area with a pavilion, restrooms, covered bridge, concrete ramp for small boats, nature trails, and outstanding floodplain hardwood forests for superior birding and nature studies. A 100 foot tall birding tower is under construction.

The Perry Lakes Park is leased by Perry County and governed by the Perry County Commission.

The Perry Lakes Park is part of an Alabama Wildlife Sanctuary. It will be patrolled by Conservation Officers and Perry County law enforcement officers. Please respect the purpose of the Sanctuary so that we all may have this Park in the future.

  1. Operating hours: sunrise till sunset every day of the week. every day of the year.
  2. Park only in the designated areas.
  3. Perry Lakes Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, the State Hatchery, and Barton’s Beach Cahaba River Preserve all have fences as property boundaries. Barton’s Beach Preserve also has yellow triangles placed every 50 to 100 feet along its fence boundry.
  4. Perry Lakes Park Manager patrolls the Park on a daily basis.
  5. The picnic area pavilion is for use of the public unless reserved by an individual in advance through the Perry County Commission office for a rental fee of $35.00 per day, and a $50.00 refundable security deposit to cover any clean-up expense if needed. If no additional cleanup is needed and if no damage is done to the property, the deposit will be refunded.
  6. State of Alabama fishing rules and regulations will apply to Perry Lakes. State rules and regulations will be in effect with respect to daily creel limits. Fishing will be only with hook and line. No trotlines, jugs, or dropline fishing. It is unlawful to sell fish taken from the lakes.
  7. Only electric trolling motors allowed on the lakes.
  8. It is a violation of rules for any child under 16 years of age to be at Perry Lakes Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, Marion State Fish Hatchery, or the Barton’s Beach Cahaba River Preserve unless accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old.
  9. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on any of the above mentioned areas. A permit for alcoholic beverages at the pavilion only can be obtained by individuals renting the pavilion who obtain permission from the Perry County Commission Office.
  10. No Swimming in Perry Lakes.
  11. Any fires must be in self contained grills within a radius of 150 feet of the pavilion or in the established fire pits at the pavilion. No exceptions.
  12. No camping is allowed unless written permission is granted by the Perry County Commission Office.
  13. Perry County is not responsible for any accident or injury to any person or property.
  14. Any person in any of the above areas whose conduct is unruly or disorderly, as considered as such by the appropriate law enforcement official, Hatchery Manager or his representative, Park Manager, or, by a member of the Perry County Commission, will be evicted.
  15. No soliciting or advertising will be permitted on the property.
  16. It is illegal to remove, cut, destroy or damage any plant, tree, flower, or anything growing in the preserve.
  17. Any person who litters, defaces or destroys any real or personal property on the preserve will be prosecuted under the current State or Federal Statutes.
  18. It is unlawful for any person to hunt, trap or otherwise pursue, catch, kill, or attempt to do any of the above to any wild animal, bird or any other species in the Park, Wildlife Sanctuary, or the Preserve. No firearms or spotlights will be allowed on the property.
  19. The maximum speed limit for any vehicle on the preserve will be established at 15 miles per hour. Only properly licensed vehicles i.e. automobiles and trucks will be permitted on the preserve, and no off road traffic will be permitted.
  20. Sound systems (radios etc.) will only be permitted within 150 feet of the picnic area pavilion and must be played so not to disturb other visitors.
  21. Litter will be removed by the person or group that brought it to the Park or Preserve.
  22. Exceptions to the rules set forth are only to be issued by the Perry County Commission office in writing.

Marion State Fish Hatchery

Public foot access is allowed during the daylight hours to the Marion State Fish Hatchery grounds, pond levees, and woods. This access is especially directed toward birding and nature studies. No permission or permit is needed to access the property. Parking is available in front of the hatchery office.

The Nature Conservancy (TAC)

Barton’s Beach Cahaba River Preserve Visitation Guidelines

Members and volunteers of The Nature Conservancy enjoy regularly scheduled field trips and work parties to most of the preserves. Access to some areas is restricted based upon rarity or sensitivity of what is being protected. For more information call the Alabama Field Office at (205) 251-1155.

Visitors are invited and encouraged to enjoy bird-watching, picnicking, nature photography, walking, canoeing, fishing, nature study and other low impact recreational and educational activities while on our preserves.

Camping is allowed on the Preserve but campers are required to call The Alabama Conservancy Field Office and inform TAC of the date(s) and number of campers.

Please help us protect our preserves by strictly avoiding the following activities while visiting:

  • Littering, fires and horseback riding.
  • Collecting plants (digging and picking, including wildflowers, berries, nuts or mushrooms), animals, rock/mineral specimens or archeological artifacts.
  • Using motorized vehicles of any sort except over access roads or other designated areas.
  • Hunting, trapping or shooting (recreational fishing according to State regulations is currently allowed).
  • Taking pets, including leashed dogs, with the exception of seeing-eye dogs.
  • Feeding wildlife.
  • Introducing or releasing native or non-native plant and animal species.