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?
Archeological excavations have been conducted at Fort Clatsop in 1996,1997,1998 and 2005. So far, a few items that may be from the expedition, have been found: a sharpened stick, a brass bead, a glass bead, and a lead rifle ball.