• An Assateague wild horse finding shelter in the dunes.

    Assateague Island

    National Seashore MD,VA

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Laws & Policies

2014 Superintendent's Compendium
Designations, closures, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority. (pdf file, 332kb)


Firearms in National Parks
The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010.
Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws.
The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting.
Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.
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PWC Regulations at Assateague Island National Seashore
Effective May 1, 2000 all waters within the boundary of Assateague Island National Seashore are closed to personal watercraft (PWC). Approved PWC travel routes for access to the island are shown on the following maps:
Personal Watercraft (PWC) entire island (606kb, PDF file)
Personal Watercraft (PWC) Maryland (292kb, PDF file)
Personal Watercraft (PWC) Virginia (171kb, PDF file)

Did You Know?

Prickly pear cactus is native to dry, sandy areas on Assateague Island. 4 kb

Prickly pear cactus is native to dry, sandy areas on Assateague Island. American Indians applied peeled pads to wounds and drank pad tea for lung ailments. Fruits were eaten fresh or dried for winter use.