Laws & Policies
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit these websites:
For Washington State: Washington State Legislation: Firearms and Dangerous Weapons.
The new federal law has no effect on exisiting laws and regulations regarding the use of firearms in national parks or hunting. Hunting and other uses of firearms is not allowed in Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
Please contact Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department for information on firearms at Fort Stevens State Park, Sunset Beach Recreation Area and Ecola State Park.
Please contact Washington State Parks and Recreation Department for information on firearms at Cape Disappointment State Park and Fort Columbia State Park.
Did You Know?
The original Fort Clatsop rotted away by the mid-1800s. The average annual rainfall in the area is about 70" so untreated, unmaintained wood rots quickly.