US Army Corps of Engineers
Kansas City District



       RULES & TIPS

Tuttle Creek lands and waters are subject to Federal rules and regulations under CFR Title 36.  Copies of Title 36 are posted on bulletin boards and available from a ranger, or the Visitor center.  Additional rules may apply for leased areas (e.g. state parks).  The following is a partial list of rules provided to address common trail related questions and concerns.

  • There is no fee or permit required for using trails or trailhead parking, unless using a trail within a state park managed area (River Pond, Cedar Ridge, Randolph, Fancy Creek).
  • Motorized equipment is not permitted on these trails.  Check out the link on our homepage for “Off-Road Vehicles” to learn more about areas designated for motorized use.
  • Horses are permitted on the Randolph and Carnahan trail systems only.
  • Trailside or “back country” camping is not permitted.  Camping is only permitted in designated areas (campgrounds).

  • Pets must be physically restrained at all times by a 6 ft. lease while at trailheads and within developed park areas (Outlet Park, Observation Point, River Pond, Cedar Ridge).
  • Parking can be limited at trailheads.  Please park in designated spaces.
  • All trails are located in park areas and hunting is not permitted.  However, we encourage users to know the hunting seasons and be safe, wear orange or bright colored clothing regardless – especially in undeveloped areas (Carnahan, Randolph, Fancy Creek).
  • Dumping of human and animal wastes on project lands or into project waters is prohibited.  Please plan ahead and use the facilities provided and clean up after your pet/horse.
  • Do not disturb wildlife, historical archeological or paleontological sites.


  • Water may not be available – especially in winter.  Carry water and emergency supplies, even on short hikes.
  • Some trails are not readily accessible and cell phone coverage is limited.  Use caution, plan ahead, and tell others of your travel plans.
  • Buddy up, reduce your vulnerability during an accident.

Stay on trails, even if it’s rough or muddy.  Walking on track edges and cutting switchbacks increases damage, causes erosion and visual scarring