Utah Administrative Code

The Utah Administrative Code is the body of all effective administrative rules as compiled and organized by the Division of Administrative Rules (see Subsection 63G-3-102(5); see also Sections 63G-3-701 and 702).

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R651. Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.

Rule R651-602. Aircraft and Powerless Flight.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

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R651-602-1. Landing or Taking Off of Manned Aircraft.

The landing or taking off of aircraft within the park system other than at designated lakes, reservoirs or landing areas is prohibited.

R651-602-2. Air Delivery or Pickup.

Except in emergencies, the air delivery or pickup of any person or thing without advanced permission from the park manager is prohibited.

R651-602-3. Powerless Flight Launching and Landing.

The launching or landing of gliders, hot-air balloons, hang gliders, and other devices designed to carry persons or objects through the air in powerless flight is prohibited except by Special Use Permit (see R651-608).

R651-602-4. Lakes and Reservoirs Designated as Open.

The following lakes and reservoirs are designated as open to the landing of aircraft: (1) Deer Creek; (2) Jordanelle; (3) Rockport, (4) Starvation (5) Willard Bay.

R651-602-5. Aircraft Prohibited from Landing on Lakes or Reservoirs.

Except as outlined in R651-602-2, aircraft are prohibited from landing or taking off on "designated as open" lakes or reservoirs when any one of the following conditions exists. (1) On a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or during a holiday period between May 1 to September 30; or (2) Anytime the aircraft cannot maintain a distance of at least 500 feet from any person, vessel, vehicle or structure during landing or takeoff.

R651-602-6. Aircraft on the Water Operation Requirements.

A person operating an aircraft on the water: (1) shall not approach within 500 feet of a marina, launch ramp, boat dock, vessel or a beach occupied by person(s), when using the aircraft's primary propulsion system(s); (2) shall comply with Federal Aviation Regulations, Section 91.115, Right-of-way rules: Water operations.

R651-602-7. Parks Designated Open to Gliders.

The following parks are designated as open to launching and landing powerless paragliders and hang gliders: Flight Park State Recreation Area.

R651-602-8. Operation of Unmanned Aircraft.

A person must obtain written permission from the park manager before operating an unmanned aircraft within the park system.



Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

July 28, 2016

Notice of Continuation

June 13, 2018

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law


Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R651, please contact the promulgating agency (Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.