Laws & Policies
Protecting Visitors and Resources: Policies and Regulations
The information available in this section will allow you to become more aware of park implementation plans and of how park operations are structured toward success in achieving the NPS mission of preserving unimpaired park resources for the enjoyment of future generations.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park.
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Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
Laws are created by Congress and establish the highest order of legal authority over national parks. More...
Many laws, including the 1916 Organic Act that created the National Park Service, affect all areas managed by the National Park Service.
Service-wide policy for the National Park Service is developed by the Office of Policy with public input and in accordance with applicable laws. Policies dictate many of the overall directions and procedures used by all parks.
The Code of Federal Regulations and the Superintendent's Compendium provide a complete listing of park rules and regulations. These most specific rules are developed with public input to implement applicable law.
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Some regulations may be subject to change.
Did You Know?
The Harry Hampton Visitor Center is the first national park visitor center built in partnership with Army and Air Force National Guard civil engineering units, the South Carolina Richland County Delegation, Richland County and Columbia’s River Alliance.