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Tree Stand Policy

US Army Corps of Engineers

Rathbun Lake, Iowa

The US Army Corps of Engineers encourages the wise use of public lands for hunting.  In order to protect our forests for future generations, the following restrictions for tree stands placed on Corps Managed property will be enforced:

1.      Only portable stands are allowed on US property.

2.      Stands may not alter the tree in any way.  The use of any spike, nail, pin, or other object which is driven or screwed into a tree is prohibited.

3.      Stands may be placed 7 days before the 1st deer hunting season begins, and must be removed within 7 days after the last deer season ends.Stands in place outside of the designated times may be confiscated.

4.      Stands left on US property do not guarantee the owner exclusive use of the blind when unattended, or exclusive use of the site.


If you have any questions, please contact the Ranger staff at the Rathbun Project Office at 641-647-2464.