Grand Sable Dunes temporary closure to all public entry for visitor safety
Grand Sable Dunes are rapidly eroding into Sable Creek and Lake Superior. The area from the Ghost Forest Trail north to Lake Superior then along the shoreline to the west side of Sable Creek is temporarily closed. Follow closure signs for your safety. More »
Laws & Policies
Law dictates many of the decisions made in everyday park management. The National Park Service Organic Act of 1916, the law that created the agency, is the driving force for park management. It states that the agency's purpose is:
There are many related laws that regulate national parks, including the Endangered Species Act, the Historic Sites Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Clean Water Act.
Laws and Regulations
Laws and regulations pertaining to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore are found in several sources. General regulations for National Park Service areas are contained in Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
Special regulations have been promulgated in 36 CFR (Section 7.32) pertaining to snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, and personal watercraft at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
The Superintendent's Compendium to CFR 36, which is updated annually, contains lakeshore specific rules.
Other applicable rules originate from state statutes and Federal regulations which are assimilated (18 U.S. Code, Section 13) for use at the national lakeshore. This is particularly true in the case of traffic, boating, hunting, and fishing.
Title 16 of the United States Code addresses most of the major conservation federal laws, while Title 18 of the United States Code covers federal criminal statues.
Most areas of the national lakeshore are managed under proprietary jurisdiction. This means that the Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Alger County Sheriff's Department, and the Munising City Police Department share jurisdiction on park lands and waters. Officers of these non-Federal agencies actively enforce their rules and regulations within the park in addition to Federal officers (including National Park Service, U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).
For question regarding law enforcement issues, please contact a law enforcement ranger for clarification.
United States Code (USC)
- Coast Guard, Title 14
- Conservation, Title 16
- Crimes, Title 18
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
- Navigation and Navigable Waters, Title 33
- National Park Service, Title 36
Policies and Guidance
Did You Know?
Located within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the Au Sable Light Station is on the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed in 1874, the station beacon still shines over Lake Superior's frigid waters. The lamp is now solar powered. More...