DeLapp emphasized the Corps is simply following regulations enacted during the 1990s; regulations the Nashville District up to now has not put in place.
The commander said he wanted to dispel rumors, one making the rounds that the Corps is banning all fishing. The restricted areas will be small areas compared to the entire tailwater below the dams on federal property. Fishing and boating will still be allowed in these non-restricted areas, Delapp said. The Corps continues to allow bank fishing in all areas that were previously approved, including areas adjacent to some restricted areas.
All forms of water access within the restricted areas will be prohibited including boating, swimming and wading.
The restrictions are in place or being put in place at all Corps-operated dams. Restricted areas at Wolf Creek Dam will be 500 feet from the dam in the tailwater and 500 feet on the upstream side of the dam. DeLapp said the regulations will be in place no later than June.