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Outdoor Recreation Service Center
West Beach, Lake Tholocco
Building 24235 on Johnston Road
Phone: 334-255-4305
Fax: 334-255-4071

Directions

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

HOLIDAY HOURS
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (unless otherwise posted)
Outdoor Recreation is closed for business on Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s Day.

For Holiday Hours & Special Closures, please refer to our homepage.


Ft. Rucker Regulations 215-1

Downloadable Weapons Registration Form

Outdoor Recreation is located on the West Beach side of Lake Tholocco, Fort Rucker. Lake Tholocco is a 640-acre lake that offers numerous recreational activities. Boating, skiing and swimming are favorite sports at the lake. Facilities include four fishing piers, beaches, pavilions, and clean restrooms. Outdoor Recreation is EFMP Friendly!

Fort Rucker has several excellent lakes and ponds for fishing. Come try your luck with hybrid bass, catfish, crappie or bream and see if you’ll catch The Big One! State Fishing License and Post Fishing Permits are required for ages 16 and older.

  • Lake Tholocco – 640-acre lake located on Johnston Road; fishing open to all ages
  • Beaver Lake – 7.7-acre lake located off of 3rd Avenue by Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center; fishing open to all ages, open sunup til sundown
  • Beaver Pond – small fishing pond located off of Andrews Avenue near Ozark Gate, open sunup til sundown
  • Buckhorn Lake – 13.2-acre lake located 2 miles past Silver Wings Golf Course on Hatch Road; fishing open to all ages, open sunup til sundown, but subject to closures (please contact Outdoor Recreation for weekly schedule)
  • Ech Lake – 7.7-acre lake located off of Johnston Road; fishing open to all ages, open sunup til sundown
  • Parcours Lake – 4.1-acre lake located on Farrel Road, behind Lyster Army Health Clinic; reserved for youth fishing for ages 15 and below (ages 16 and above may assist youth fishing activities, but cannot actively fish at this lake)

Boat Launches

There are 3 boat launch ramps on Lake Tholocco – West Beach Marina, East Beach, and Engineer Beach RV Campground. The daily fee to launch your vessel is $3, paid at the ramp. Monthly passes are available for $12 and Annual passes are available for $36 at the Outdoor Recreation Pro Shop office.

 

Lake Tholocco Swimming - CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
Building 24207 on Johnston Road


Recreational Equipment Checkout

Outdoor Recreation offers Recreational Equipment Checkout on a first-come, first-serve basis. Equipment checkout reservations can be made over the phone with a valid VISA or MASTER CARD debit/credit card.

Download the Equipment Checkout List

  • Equipment fees must be paid in full at the time the reservation is made.
  • There is a refundable deposit on equipment with the * symbol.
  • Equipment with ** symbol Civil Guest must be sponsored by Military or DoD personnel to utilize this equipment.
  • Patron must sign a check-out agreement form acknowledging they will be held financially responsible for damaged/missing equipment up to the replacement cost.
  • Any equipment going out for a nightly check-out must be picked up by 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. on available Sundays.
  • Patrons will be required to complete the Fort Rucker Boater Safety course in order to utilize any water-craft here on Lake Tholocco. Outdoor Recreation offers the course in the office during hours of operation, or you can click here to access the course online.
  • Patrons will be responsible for reimbursing Outdoor Recreation for gasoline when utilizing recreational vessels.
  • Army Fleet Support and personnel with a valid AFS ID badge are authorized to checkout equipment from Outdoor Recreation Equipment Rental, but may not sponsor a guest.

 


Pavilion Checkout

  • Outdoor Recreation overseas picnic areas at Lake Tholocco (West & East Beach), Beaver Lake, and Buckhorn Lake. Patrons will need to reserve pavilion areas through Outdoor Recreation (Bldg 24236 Johnston Road), or call at (334) 255-4305.
  • Reservations are subjected to change due to inclement weather or military requirements.
  • Picnic areas are authorized for use on a first come-first served basis, unless reserved through the Outdoor Recreation Pro Shop. Reservations are confirmed only after receipt of appropriate fees, and are subject to cancellation restrictions.
  • Units/Organizations must submit request in writing for organizational days at least 5 business days in advance. Military organizations using unit funds for organizational day events will receive $2.00 value per $1.00 spent in MWR facilities. Discounts do not apply when matching funds are provided. To take advantage of this opportunity, the unit fund custodian or his/her alternate will process a purchase request to the Resource Management Division, DFMWR, to use unit funds to pay for the established picnic area fees.

 

Available Areas & Prices

  • West Beach Pavilion # 1 – Accommodates 30-35 people. Located near the playground. The pavilion does not have water or electricity. There are 2 park grills, 4 tables, 2 trash cans. $25.00 daily/$125.00 weekly
  • West Beach Pavilion # 3 – Accommodates 75-100 people. Located near restrooms, and has a playground associated with pavilion. The pavilion is a large screened in area with electricity, water, 1 park grill. $50.00 daily/$250.00 weekly
  • West Beach Pavilion # 5 – Accommodates 45-50 people. Located near restrooms, and has a playground associated with pavilion. The pavilion does not have water or electricity.  There are 4 park grills, 2 trash cans. $25.00 daily/$125.00 weekly
  • West Beach Pavilion # 6 – Accommodates 45-50 people. The pavilion has water and electricity. There is 1 park grill, 4 tables, 2 trash cans. $30.00 daily/$150.00 weekly
  • West Beach Gazebo – Accommodates 25-30 people. The gazebo has electricity. There are no tables, chairs, water or grills located at this site. $75.00 daily/$375 weekly
  • East Beach Pavilion – Accommodates 75-100 people. Located near the restrooms. The pavilion has a large open pit barbeque grill, water, and electricity. $50.00 daily/$250.00 weekly
  • Beaver Lake Pavilions (1 & 2) – Accommodates 30-35 people. Pavilions have table, trashcans, and an associated playground. No water, electricity, or restrooms. $25.00 daily/$125.00 weekly
  • Buckhorn Lake Pavilions (1& 2) – Accommodates 25-30 people. There are tables, 4 trashcans, and porta potty restrooms. There is no swimming, water or electricity. Buckhorn Lake availability is on a weekly schedule due to military training. Call for details. $25.00 daily/$125.00 weekly

 

Conditions of Use

  • Lake Tholocco (West & East Beach), Buckhorn Lake, and Beaver Lake are open from sunrise to sunset. To remain after dark, patrons must have written consent from Outdoor Recreation.
  • There is no recreational (boating, tubing or swimming) activity allowed on Lake Tholocco after sunset.
  • Patrons are responsible for keeping a rental sales receipt in their possession while utilizing rented pavilions.
  • Driving or parking on the grass is prohibited.
  • Pets are only allowed in the designated pet areas. Pets are not allowed on the beach, or in the swimming area, and must be kept on a leash at all times. You must clean up and dispose of any pet waste.
  • Loitering in the vehicle parking lot is not permitted.
  • Alcohol may not be consumed in the vehicle parking lot areas.
  • Glass is not allowed in any picnic area, park area, or vehicle parking area.
  • Music must be maintained at a respectful volume that does not interfere with other patrons in the area. Please play music that is appropriate in a Family environment.
  • Leaving children unattended at any Fort Rucker lake or picnic/park area will be governed by guidance in the Army Aviation Warfighting Center Regulation 608-6, Supervision of Children. (January 2007)
  • Patrons will be responsible for cleaning up the area used prior to leaving.

 

Cancellation

  • Pavilion reservations are subject to cancellation due to an emergency, military training, inclement weather conditions, or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Patrons may cancel without financial penalty by giving a cancellation 24-hours prior to the reservation day.

 


Available Programs

  • Camping Equipment
  • Boats & Accessories Issue
  • Sport Equipment
  • Canopies, Tables, Chair Issue
  • Fort Rucker Fishing and Hunting Permits
  • Alabama State Fishing and Hunting Licenses
  • Paintball Field & Equipment Issue (Dothan Survival Games, Inc) 334-793-8202 West Beach, Lake Tholocco Paintball EFMP Friendly/Open to the public
    • Fort Rucker ODR Fields Hours of Operation: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. / Open during the week by reservations only
    • Cost: $25 per person/ $20 per person with group of 10+
    • Includes: All day field usage, equipment, unlimited CO2 and 100 paintballs.

 


Directions

From Daleville Entrance Gate:

  1. Once through the gate, continue straight on 3rd Avenue
  2. 3rd Avenue will merge with Andrews Avenue
  3. Once merged, turn left at yellow flashing traffic light onto Christian Road
  4. Continue straight through second yellow flashing traffic light
  5. Turn right onto Johnston Road (There will be a large green sign: West Beach Recreation Area)
  6. Continue straight on the paved portion of Johnston Road
  7. Outdoor Recreation will be located on the right, approximately one mile

 

From Enterprise Entrance Gate:

  1. Once through gate, take first left onto Lowe Field Road
  2. Take second right onto Traffic Minder Road
  3. At stop sign, turn right onto Christian Road
  4. Turn left onto Johnston Road  (There will be a large green sign: West Beach Recreation Area)
  5. Continue straight on the paved portion of Johnston Road
  6. Outdoor Recreation will be located on the right, approximately one mile

 

From Ozark Entrance Gate:

  1. Once through gate, take first right onto Whittaker Road
  2. At flashing yellow traffic light, turn right onto Christian Road
  3. Turn right onto Johnston Road  (There will be a large green sign: West Beach Recreation Area)
  4. Continue straight on paved portion of Johnston Road
  5. Outdoor Recreation will be located on the right, approximately one mile