Danger Zones and Restricted Areas

Under the guidelines of CFR Title 33 Part 334, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is charged with prescribing procedures for establishing, amending and disestablishing danger zones and restricted areas; list the specific danger zones and restricted areas and their boundaries; and prescribe specific requirements, access limitations and controlled activities within the danger zones and restricted areas.

Information regarding specific restricted areas and danger zones as identified on the NOAA navigation charts can be found at  https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CFR-2011-title33-vol3/pdf/CFR-2011-title33-vol3-part334.pdf


Danger zone - A defined water area (or areas) used for target practice, bombing, rocket firing or other especially hazardous operations, normally for the armed forces. The danger zones may be closed to the public on a full-time or intermittent basis, as stated in the regulations.

Restricted area - A defined water area for the purpose of prohibiting or limiting public access to the area. Restricted areas generally provide security for Government property and/or protection to the public from the risks of damage or injury arising from the Government’s use of that area.