According to a press release issued by the Corps of Engineers, drones are now outlawed at Wappapello Lake.
Drones are a relatively new and exciting technology available to everyone and can be used for many purposes, especially photography and videography. These drones can be easily acquired and range in sophistication from small children’s toys to expensive professional units with high definition video cameras.
For the recreational user, it’s only natural after acquiring one of these to visit places with scenic views and interesting topographic and manmade features.
Unfortunately, all types of unmanned remote controlled aircraft are prohibited on all public lands administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake. Corps officials say many incidents have been documented of suspicious people performing reconnaissance at high value targets such as major landmarks and critical infrastructure with these types of aircraft.
If used in recreation areas, these aircraft could potentially be a safety hazard to people, cause property damage and could potentially create personal privacy issues.
Violations could result in severe fines up to $5,000 and/or possible imprisonment of up to six months. There are also other directives provided by the Federal Aviation Administration that should be investigated prior to operating.