Outdoor Recreation Service Center

Hours of Operation

Monday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Holiday Hours (Unless otherwise posted) 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s Day Closed


Outdoor Recreation Service Center
Bldg 24235
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+1 (334)255-4305

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Outdoor Recreation is located on the West Beach side of Lake Tholocco, Fort Rucker. Lake Tholocco is a 676.8-acre lake that offers numerous recreational activities. Boating, skiing and swimming are favorite sports at the lake. Facilities include four fishing piers, beaches, pavilions, and clean restrooms. Outdoor Recreation is EFMP Friendly!

Recreational Equipment Checkout

Outdoor Recreation offers Recreational Equipment Checkout on a first-come, first-serve basis. Equipment checkout reservations can be made over the phone with a valid Visa or Master Card debit/credit card. Full list of Equipment & Prices Available

  • Equipment fees must be paid in full at the time the reservation is made.
  • There is a refundable deposit on equipment with the * symbol.
  • Equipment with ** symbol Civil Guest must be sponsored by Military or DoD personnel to utilize this equipment.
  • Patron must sign a check-out agreement form acknowledging they will be held financially responsible for damaged/missing equipment up to the replacement cost.
  • Any equipment going out for a nightly check-out must be picked up by 4:30 p.m. Thursday - Tuesday, closed Wednesday.
  • Patrons will be required to complete the Fort Rucker Boater Safety course in order to utilize any water-craft here on Lake Tholocco. Outdoor Recreation also offers the course in the office during hours of operation.
  • Patrons will be responsible for reimbursing Outdoor Recreation for gasoline when utilizing recreational vessels.
  • Army Fleet Support and personnel with a valid AFS ID badge are authorized to checkout equipment from Outdoor Recreation Equipment Rental, but may not sponsor a guest.



Pavilion Checkout
  • Outdoor Recreation oversees picnic areas at Lake Tholocco (West & East Beach), Beaver Lake, and Buckhorn Lake. Patrons will need to reserve pavilion areas through Outdoor Recreation (Bldg 24235 Johnston Road), or call at +1 (334)255-4305.
  • Reservations are subjected to change due to inclement weather or military requirements.
  • Picnic areas are authorized for use on a first come-first served basis, unless reserved through the Outdoor Recreation Pro Shop. Reservations are confirmed only after receipt of appropriate fees, and are subject to cancellation restrictions.
  • Units/Organizations must submit request in writing for organizational days at least 5 business days in advance. Military organizations using unit funds for organizational day events will receive $2.00 value per $1.00 spent in MWR facilities. Discounts do not apply when matching funds are provided. To take advantage of this opportunity, the unit fund custodian or his/her alternate will process a purchase request to the Resource Management Division, DFMWR, to use unit funds to pay for the established picnic area fees.


Available Areas & Prices

Pavilion Description Cost
West Beach Pavilion # 1
  • Accommodates 30-35 people.
  • Located near the playground.
  • The pavilion does not have water or electricity.
  • There are 2 park grills, 4 tables, 2 trash cans.
$28 daily/$143 weekly
West Beach Pavilion # 5
  • Accommodates 45-50 people.
  • Located near restrooms, and has a playground associated with pavilion.
  • The pavilion does not have water or electricity. 
  • There are 4 park grills, 2 trash cans.
$28 daily/$143 weekly
West Beach Pavilion # 6
  • Accommodates 45-50 people.
  • The pavilion has water and electricity.
  • There is 1 park grill, 4 tables, 2 trash cans.
$34 daily/$172 weekly
West Beach Gazebo
  • Accommodates 25-30 people.
  • The gazebo has electricity.
  • There are no tables, chairs, water or grills located at this site.
$86 daily/$431 weekly
West Beach Party Room
  • Call for details
$97 daily/$488 weekly
West Beach Snack Bar Party Room
  • Call for details
$97 daily/$488 weekly
East Beach Pavilion
  • Accommodates 75-100 people.
  • Located near the restrooms.
  • The pavilion has a large open pit barbeque grill, water, and electricity.
$57 daily/$287 weekly
Beaver Lake Pavilions
  • Accommodates 30-35 people.
  • Pavilions have table, trashcans, and an associated playground.
  • No water, electricity, or restrooms.
$28 daily/$143 weekly
Buckhorn Lake Pavilions (1& 2)
  • Accommodates 25-30 people.
  • There are tables, 4 trashcans, and porta potty restrooms.
  • There is no swimming, water or electricity.
  • Buckhorn Lake availability is on a weekly schedule due to military training. Call for details.
$28 daily/$143 weekly


Conditions of Use

  • Lake Tholocco (West & East Beach), Buckhorn Lake, and Beaver Lake are open from sunrise to sunset. To remain after dark, patrons must have written consent from Outdoor Recreation.
  • There is no recreational (boating, tubing or swimming) activity allowed on Lake Tholocco after sunset.
  • Patrons are responsible for keeping a rental sales receipt in their possession while utilizing rented pavilions.
  • Driving or parking on the grass is prohibited.
  • Pets are only allowed in the designated pet areas. Pets are not allowed on the beach, or in the swimming area, and must be kept on a leash at all times. You must clean up and dispose of any pet waste.
  • Loitering in the vehicle parking lot is not permitted.
  • Alcohol may not be consumed in the vehicle parking lot areas.
  • Glass is not allowed in any picnic area, park area, or vehicle parking area.
  • Music must be maintained at a respectful volume that does not interfere with other patrons in the area. Please play music that is appropriate in a Family environment.
  • Leaving children unattended at any Fort Rucker lake or picnic/park area will be governed by guidance in the Army Aviation Warfighting Center Regulation 608-6, Supervision of Children. (January 2007)
  • Patrons will be responsible for cleaning up the area used prior to leaving.



  • Patrons may cancel without financial penalty by giving a cancellation 24-hours prior to the reservation day.


Ninja 5-in-1 Bounce House
24 ft by 24 ft*
$219 per day plus
$35 set-up fee
Obstacle Challenge, Slide, Climbing Area, Basketball hoop and a Jump area.

Dolphin Water Slide
40 ft by 15 ft*
$225 per day plus
$35 set-up fee
Unique ladder climber makes it easy for kids of all ages or for adults that are kids at heart to climb the slide.

Double Slide
32 ft by 22 ft*
$219 per day plus
$35 set-up fee
Unique ladder climber makes it easy for kids of all ages or for adults that are kids at heart to climb the slide.

*walking room still required


Frequently ask questions:

  • Can anyone checkout the inflatables? Only open to authorized patrons.
  • Do you deliver to on-post location/set up and tear down? Yes
  • Are these available for off-post? Yes, up to 10 miles. Anything outside of the 10 mile radius will be $50 set up and tear down fee.
  • Where can these be checked out at? Only at Outdoor Recreation.
  • Is there a deposit fee to ensure the inflatable is not returned damaged? Yes, $85 deposit in addition to daily fee.
  • When are these available for rent? 5 days a week, Thursday through Monday.