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Outdoor Recreation

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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.


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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.

 

West Beach, Lake Tholocco Swimming
Building 24207 on Johnston Road
Outdoor Recreation
Phone: 334-255-4305
Open to the public

Hours of Operation 11:00am-6:00pm
Open May 17 for Lake Fest
Open Friday-Tuesday May 24 – Aug 5
Open weekends/holidays only: Aug 9 – Sept 1

Daily Admission Fees:
Ages 2 & under Free
Ages 3-9 $1.50
Ages 10-17 $2.25
Ages 18+ $3.00


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