Rules and Regulations
The following rules and regulations have been sorted by subject for your convenience. This section does not attempt to duplicate the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) so it should not be regarded as a comprehensive list of regulations. It will, however, answer many of the most common questions regarding park rules. The Superintendent's Orders (Compendium) is a listing of local regulations that is more technical and comprehensive concerning local issues.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local and federal firearms laws before entering this park.
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
The Missouri National Recreational River has a complex pattern of land ownership with most of the land bordering the river being privately owned. Please respect private property rights in your river use. The Karl E. Mundt National Wildlife Refuge is closed to the public for the protection of bald eagles and their habitat.
State parks within the river corridor may have their own firearms and hunting regulations. Please contact the individual park for details.
National Park Service Boating Regulations
National Park Service Regulations
Personal Watercraft Prohibited
Under this regulation, all waters of the Missouri National Recreational river are closed to the use of Personal Watercraft (Jet-Ski®, WaveRunner®, etc).
This includes the following areas:
PWC are permitted on Lewis & Clark Lake, Lake Francis Case, and on the Missouri River downstream of Ponca State Park.
Special Fishing Regulations
Did You Know?
Yankton, on the Missouri River, was the first capital of the Dakota Territory. This area included the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and parts of Idaho and Nebraska.