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II. 36 CFR §1.6 – ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE A PERMIT

III. GENERAL REGULATIONS

36 CFR §2.1 – PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
36 CFR §2.2 - WILDLIFE PROTECTION
36 CFR §2.3 – FISHING
36 CFR §2.4 – WEAPONS, TRAPS, AND NETS
36 CFR §2.10 – CAMPING and FOOD STORAGE
36 CFR §2.11 – PICNICKING
36 CFR §2.13 – FIRES
36 CFR §2.14 – SANITATION and REFUSE
36 CFR §2.15 – PETS
36 CFR §2.16 – HORSES and PACK ANIMALS
36 CFR §2.18 – SNOWMOBILES
36 CFR §2.19 – WINTER ACTIVITIES
36 CFR §2.20 – SKATING, SKATEBOARDS and SIMILAR DEVICES
36 CFR §2.21 – SMOKING
36 CFR §2.23 – RECREATION FEES
36 CFR §2.35 – ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
36 CFR §2.51-D – FIRST AMMENDMENT ACTIVITIES
36 CFR §2.52 – SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF PRINTED MATTER
36 CFR §2.62 – MEMORIALIZATION

 

II. 36 CFR §1.6 – ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE A PERMIT

Note: Violations under this section should be cited under §1.6(g)(1) or (2)

(f) The following is a compilation of those activities for which a permit from the superintendent is required:

  • §1.5(d) The following activities related to Public Use Limits:
    • All organized climbing groups are limited to a maximum group size of twelve persons
    • Reservations for climbing are required at Otter Cliffs for organized groups of six people or more from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day.

  • §2.4(d) Transporting a weapon, trap, or net across park lands to access legal hunting and fishing areas requires a permit unless it is being transported by a mechanical mode of conveyance.
    • Any and all firearms transported across park lands must be unloaded, broken down, and cased
    • At no time may a firearm be discharged in a direction that causes the projectile to cross onto park lands. Note: Violation of this regulation falls under §2.4 (a)(3)(c) The use of a weapon, trap, or net in a manner that endangers persons or property.
    • Permittees must carry the permit on their person while in the possession of a weapon, trap, or net in the park
    • Permittees may not leave any portion of a harvested animal on park lands
    • Permits are available through the chief ranger’s office
    • Please refer to Section III, Regulations §2.4 (d) WEAPONS, TRAPS, AND NETS

  • § 2.5(b) Specimen collecting, research, and some science education activities.
    • Permits are available from the chief of resource management
    • Please refer to 36 CFR §2.5 RESEARCH SPECIMENS

Note: When permits are required for scientific activities pertaining solely to cultural resources, including archeology, ethnography, history, cultural museum objects, cultural landscapes, and historic and prehistoric structures, other permit procedures apply.

  • § 2.10(a) Camping in designated campgrounds:
    • Blackwoods Campground
    • Seawall Campground
    • Schoodic Woods Campground (opening September 1, 2015)
    • Duck Harbor Campground on Isle au Haut
    • Reservations for all campgrounds are acquired through www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777, and permits may be obtained on site.
    • Reservations for all campground group camping are made by calling 1-877-444-6777.
    • From December - March, winter camping permits for Blackwoods Campground are available at the dispatch operations center in the ranger office at park headquarters
    • Please refer to Section III, Regulations § 2.10(a) CAMPING AND FOOD STORAGE

  • § 2.12 Creating Audio Disturbances:
    • (a)(2) Operating a chain saw in developed areas
    • (a)(3) Operating any type of portable motor or engine, or device powered by a portable motor or engine in non-developed areas
    • (a)(4) Operating a public address system in connection with a public gathering or special event for which a permit has been issued pursuant to § 2.50 or § 2.51
    • Permits are available through the chief ranger’s office
    • Please refer to Section III, Regulations § 2.12 AUDIO DISTURBANCES

  • § 2.13 (a)(1) Fires outside of designated areas.
    • Without prior written permission from the superintendent, no fires outside of designated areas are permitted within Acadia National Park or St. Croix Island IHS.
    • Permits are available through the chief ranger’s office

  • § 2.17 Aircraft and air delivery:
    • (a)(3) Delivery or retrieval of a person or object by parachute, helicopter or other airborne means
    • (c)(1) Removal of a downed aircraft
    • Permits are available through the chief ranger’s office
    • Please refer to 36 CFR § 2.17 AIRCRAFT AND AIR DELIVERY

  • § 2.37 Soliciting or demanding gifts, money goods or services: (Pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit issued under § 2.50, § 2.51 or § 2.52)
    • Please refer to 36 CFR § 2.37 NONCOMMERCIAL SOLICITING
  • § 2.38 Using or possessing explosives:
    • (a) Using, possessing, storing, or transporting explosives, blasting agents
    • (b) Using or possessing fireworks
    • Permits are available through the chief ranger’s office
    • Please refer to 36 CFR § 2.38 EXPLOSIVES
  • § 2.50 Conducting a sports event, pageant, regatta, public spectator attraction, entertainment, ceremony, or similar events
    • Permits are available through the chief ranger’s office. A complete application for a Special Use Permit or a Commercial Use Authorization must be submitted a minimum of 14 calendar days in advance of the proposed activity. Proposed large events or activities that have the potential to adversely affect the human environment, including park operations, will require a longer review period
    • Please refer to 36 CFR § 2.50(a) SPECIAL EVENTS
  • §2.51 Conducting a public assembly, meeting, gathering, demonstration, parade or other public expression of views outside of Designated First Amendment areas (see above), or for group sizes over 25 people, or for periods of 14 days or longer.
    • Permits, which shall detail location, restrictions and liability insurance requirements, are available through the chief ranger’s office

  • § 2.52 Selling or distributing printed matter that is not solely commercial advertising
    • Permits are available through the chief ranger’s office
    • Please refer to 36 CFR § 2.52(c) SPECIAL EVENTS

Note: During the small group exception for freedom of speech activities in the designated areas (see above), demonstrators may distribute and sell printed matter as long as the material’s “primary purpose is advocacy, definition or explanation of the group’s or individual’s political, religious, scientific or moral beliefs.”

  • § 2.62 Memorialization
    • (a) Erecting monuments (requires approval from the Director of the National Park Service)
    • (b) Scattering ashes from human cremation
    • Permits are available through the chief ranger’s office
    • Please refer to Section III, Regulations § 2.62 MEMORIALIZATION

  • § 4.11 Exceeding established vehicle load, weight and size limits
    • Permits are available through the maintenance office
    • Please refer to Section III, Regulations § 4.11(a) VEHICLE LOAD, WEIGHT, AND SIZE LIMITS

  • § 5.1 Displaying, posting or distributing advertisements
    • Permits are available through the chief ranger’s office
    • Please refer to 36 CFR § 5.1 ADVERTIZEMENTS

  • § 5.2 Selling intoxicants in certain park areas
    • Please refer to 36 CFR § 5.2(b) ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES; SALE OF INTOXICANTS

  • § 5.3 Engaging in or soliciting any business (requires a permit, contract or other written agreement with the United States, or must be pursuant to special regulations)
    • Permits, available through the Program Manager for Commercial Use Authorizations, require a minimum of 14 days for processing in advance of the event
    • Please refer to 36 CFR § 5.3 BUSINESS OPERATIONS

  • § 5.5 Commercial Photography/Filming:
    • (a) Commercial filming of motion pictures or television involving the use of professional casts, settings or crews, other than bona fide newsreel or news television
    • (b) Still photography of vehicles, or other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising
    • Permits, available through the chief ranger’s office, require a minimum of 14 days for processing in advance of the event
    • Please refer to 36 CFR § 5.5 COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

  • § 5.6 Use of commercial vehicles on park area roads (The superintendent shall issue a permit to access private lands within or adjacent to the park when access is otherwise not available.)
    • Permits are available through the concession specialist
    • Please refer to 36 CFR § 5.6(c) COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

  • § 5.7 Constructing buildings, facilities, trails, roads, boat docks, path, structure, etc.
    • Please refer to 36 CFR § 5.7 CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS OR OTHER FACILITIES
 

III. GENERAL REGULATIONS

36 CFR §2.1 – PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES


(a)(4) Dead wood on the ground may be collected for use as fuel for campfires within the park, provided that:

  • Wood is not collected from within the campgrounds, except from park-provided wood piles
  • Chainsaws use requires a permit.

Note: For chainsaw use violations, refer to §2.12(a)(2 and 3) and permit violations §1.6

Determination: Campfire use is a traditional activity in campgrounds and in picnic areas. Park campgrounds, however, are showing signs of significant resource impacts from firewood collection. Social trails, soil compaction, denuded vegetation, and complete clearing of all burnable materials have created “human browse lines” that have created a sterile, artificial environment that is visually unappealing. Collecting firewood reduces fuel loading, especially fine fuels along park roads where the threat of human-caused ignition is highest. In line with Leave No Trace recommendations, park managers encourage burning wood wrist-size and smaller to permit larger wood to rot in place. Park managers encourage collection of wood from hazard tree removal and road and trail clearing piles to reduce the visual and biological impacts caused by collecting dead and downed wood. Bringing firewood from other states may introduce non-native insects that could severely impact Acadia’s forests. Please purchase or collect local firewood only.


(c)(1), (c)(2) The following fruits, nuts, berries or unoccupied seashells may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption, in accordance with the noted quantity restrictions and collections sites:

  • Possession quantities for fruits and berries (excluding apples) are limited to one dry half gallon per person per day
  • Possession quantity for apples is limited to ten dry gallons per person per day
  • Possession quantities for unshelled nuts are limited to one half gallon per person per day
  • Removing fruits, nuts and berries shall not damage the remainder of the plant
  • Collecting unoccupied seashells is permitted in Acadia National Park provided that shells are not collected from historic and prehistoric sites or shell middens, which are protected by the Archeological Resource Protection Act of 1979, 16 USC § 470 (ee).

The following are prohibited:

  • Shell collecting at St. Croix Island IHS
  • Gathering of shellfish for commercial purposes
  • Taking conifer cones, fungi, lichens and "fiddle-head" ferns or other plant material
  • Taking mushrooms

Note: A “dry gallon” refers to a gallon of uncrushed fruits or berries.

Determinations: Limiting fruit and berry collection reduces the likelihood that the park will be adversely affected. The imposed limits are generally considered generous and should not create hardship.

Removal of cones, fungi, fiddle heads is in violation of 36 CFR § 2.1 (a)(1)(ii) “Possessing, destroying, injuring, defacing, removing, digging, or disturbing from its natural state plants or the parts or products thereof.” Limited collection of fruits, berries, nuts and unoccupied shells is exempt from this restriction because the CFR provides superintendents an avenue for permitting such activity and park managers have determined that collection of these items are not detrimental to future populations .

A mushroom is not a fruit, like a blueberry. It is a fruiting body -- the body that produces fruits, i.e. spores. For recreational harvest of mushrooms to be permitted, superintendents must be able to prove that such harvesting has no adverse ecological effect. Too little is presently known about mushroom ecology and the effects of harvest to permit such a determination. In fact, what is known suggests that the potential exists for harvest to have significant detrimental effects on mushrooms and their role in the ecosystem.

Shell collection at Saint Croix Island IHS is prohibited due to the archeological significance of the nearby shell middens.

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36 CFR §2.2 - WILDLIFE PROTECTION


(a)(1) Tracking wounded wildlife into the park, which was lawfully wounded outside of park boundaries, is prohibited unless accompanied by a commissioned park ranger. The ranger on site may terminate the search if the animal is not located within a reasonable amount of time, as determined by the ranger.

(d) Lawfully taken wildlife may be transported across park lands subsequent to the restrictions and procedures of a permit issued under 2.4(d)(4).

(e) Viewing wildlife by artificial light (spotlighting, including redirection of vehicle headlights) is prohibited park-wide.

NOTE: Night vision devices are not artificial lights, however, infrared lighting/beams are.

Determination: These regulations help to protect against the unlawful taking of wildlife within the park
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36 CFR §2.3 – FISHING


Notes: Maine residents 16 years and older and non-residents 12 years and older require a State of Maine fishing license to fish in the park. To engage in saltwater recreational fishing, Maine residents and non-residents (16 years of age and older), who do not have a Maine freshwater fishing license or who are not registered in another state, must register on the Maine Saltwater Recreational Fishing Registry. Fishing regulations in the park are in accordance with the State of Maine Open Water Fishing Regulations guide.

The fishing regulations listed in 36 CFR §2.3 apply to all bodies of water but the Great Ponds, which are regulated by the State of Maine.

Within Acadia National Park, the Great Ponds are: Aunt Betty Pond, Bubble Pond, Eagle Lake, Jordan Pond, Upper Hadlock Pond, Witch Hole, and Lake Wood.

Great Ponds bordered by Acadia National Park are: Echo Lake, Hodgdon Pond, Seal Cove Pond, Long Pond (Mount Desert Island), Long Pond (Isle au Haut), Lower Hadlock Pond, and Round Pond.


(d)(8) Fishing is prohibited within 200 feet of designated swim beaches, public boat docks, and motor road bridges, with the exception of:

  • Sand Beach from September 9 to June 14
  • Echo Lake Beach from September 16 to May 14
  • Frazer Point Pier and Duck Harbor Pier

Determination: The swim beach designations are seasonal in nature and, therefore, provide anglers the opportunity to fish when there is no visitor conflict. Since Frazer Point and Duck Harbor Piers are lightly used, fishing from them should not cause visitor conflicts.

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36 CFR §2.4 – WEAPONS, TRAPS, AND NETS


(d) A free special use permit signed by the superintendent or designee is required to transport weapons, traps, or nets across park lands in order to access the Great Ponds. Applicants for permits must possess a valid State of Maine license to hunt waterfowl, trap, and/or fish as a condition of the permit.

Note: Within Acadia National Park, the Great Ponds are: Aunt Betty Pond, Bubble Pond, Eagle Lake, Jordan Pond, Upper Hadlock Pond, Witch Hole, and Lake Wood.

Great Ponds bordered by Acadia National Park are: Echo Lake, Hodgdon Pond, Seal Cove Pond, Long Pond (Mount Desert Island), Long Pond (Isle au Haut), Lower Hadlock Pond, and Round Pond.

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36 CFR §2.10 – CAMPING and FOOD STORAGE

Note: Violations under this section should be cited under §1.6(g)(2)


(a) The sites and areas listed below have been designated for camping activities as noted. A permit system has been established for certain campgrounds or camping activities, and conditions for camping and camping activities are in effect as noted:

  • No person may camp in the park for more than a total of 30 days in a calendar year. From Memorial Weekend through Columbus Day, camping is limited to 14 days total in Blackwoods, Seawall, Schoodic Woods, and Wildwoods Stables Campground, and on Long Island.

  • Blackwoods, Seawall, Schoodic Woods, and Wildwoods Campgrounds are closed to persons other than registered campers from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

  • Camping in Wildwoods Campground is open to visitors with stock animals only.
  • A Special Use Permit is required to use the camping shelters at Duck Harbor on Isle au Haut. Permits are available for camping from May 15 through October 15.

  • Campers are limited to one camping visit (maximum of 3 days) per calendar year at Duck Harbor Campground, Isle au Haut.

  • The size of recreational vehicles in Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds may not exceed 35’ in length and 11’ 8” in height. Extension pull-outs must fit within the site pads provided.
  • In all camping areas, party size is limited to 6 persons per site. The party size limit may be exceeded to include one immediate family.

  • Group sites at Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds are limited to 15 people each. Group sites at Schoodic Woods are limited to 20 people per site.

  • Campsites at Blackwoods and Seawall Campgrounds are limited to two tents and one vehicle at each site.

  • Drive-in campsites at Schoodic Woods Campground are limited to two tents and two vehicles at each site.

  • Tents are limited in size and must fit within the site pads provided, 9’ x 12’.

  • Use of tents at Duck Harbor Campground is limited to what can fit inside the shelters provided.

  • Generators in Blackwoods, Seawall, and Wildwood Stables Campgrounds may only be used from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., unless otherwise prohibited.

  • Generator use is prohibited in areas of Seawall Campground designated as "tent only," which includes Loops A, B, and D.

  • Generator use is prohibited at Schoodic Woods and Duck Harbor Campgrounds.

  • Within all campgrounds, bug lights and string lights are prohibited.

  • Outside lights must be turned off during daylight hours, when leaving the campground, and before retiring for the night.

  • Check out time for Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods Campgrounds is 10:00 a.m.

  • Check out time for Duck Harbor Campground is 11:00 a.m.

  • All campers must comply with conditions of the camping permits.

Determination: To prevent undue soil compaction and associated injury and death of plant life, camping is limited to tent pads provided for tent campers. Group size restrictions limit the development of satellite campsites and excessive noise commonly associated with groups larger than six people.

Determination: Vehicles parked on the parking pad cannot extend into the roadway because they will block traffic flow and create safety hazards for drivers using the road. The winding access roads in A Loop in Blackwoods Campground and C Loop in Seawall Campground cannot safely accommodate recreational vehicles or trailers longer than 35 feet.

Determination: To reduce group conflicts, to provide a sound and site buffer between group sites, to prevent sites from extending into one another, and to reduce the total area of soil compaction, the bordered areas for each group site limit group sizes. Group size restrictions are determined by the number of campers who can comfortably fit inside the bordered areas without causing safety hazards associated with tents and cooking grills.

Determination: The intent of campgrounds is to provide for a recreational opportunity, not long-term accommodations.

Determination: The purposes of light restrictions are to keep intact the appeal of the natural surroundings and to preserve the nighttime sky. Electronic insect zappers are non-discriminate killers. Since most nighttime insects are attracted to a light, bug lights will kill anything that enters, regardless of what species it is. Therefore, the zapper targets all types, as well as any beneficial flying insects that prey on other bugs that you don't want around. In addition, rather than being attracted to a bug zapper's light, mosquitoes are drawn to the carbon dioxide it emits, which is a more powerful lure to biting insects than light.


(d) Conditions for the storage of food are in effect, as noted, for the following areas:

  • In campgrounds, all human and pet food must be stored in a hard-sided food locker or enclosed vehicle when not in use.
  • Food items, scraps, cooking utensils, and garbage must be stored or disposed of in such a manner as to be inaccessible to wildlife.

Determination: This regulation reduces the likelihood of habituated wildlife and nuisance animals by eliminating human-caused wildlife attractants. Reducing habituated and nuisance wildlife also reduces the potential for wildlife bites and provides for the safety and well-being of park visitors and wildlife.

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36 CFR §2.11 – PICNICKING


Picnicking is prohibited in campgrounds without a camping permit. Elsewhere picnicking is permitted park-wide. Note fire and grill use limitations listed under §2.13 – FIRES.

Determination: Picnicking is prohibited in campgrounds to maintain open areas for registered campers.

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36 CFR §2.13 – FIRES


(a)(1) Lighting or maintaining fires is prohibited, except as provided for in the following designated areas or receptacles, and under the conditions noted:

Designated Areas:

  • Contained charcoal and wood fires are allowed only in campgrounds and in designated picnic areas within park-provided receptacles or in private grills.
  • Use of personal gas grills and stoves are permitted throughout the park except within public buildings.
  • For fires above the intertidal zone on Long Island, campers must obtain a burn permit from the Town of Blue Hill Fire Chief.
  • Without prior written permission from the superintendent, no other fires are permitted within Acadia National Park or St. Croix Island IHS.


Receptacles Allowed:

  • Fires in designated areas must be contained within the grills provided or within private grills where no ground scorching occurs, except on Long Island as noted above.


Established Conditions for Fires:

(c) High fire danger closures will be in effect as noted:

  • During Maine state-imposed burn bans and periods of high fire danger, the superintendent may temporarily ban fires, and/or stove use in the park to protect park resources and reduce the risk of wildfires.

Determination: While the NPS seeks to provide opportunities for picnicking throughout the park, another goal is to prevent wildland fires, and to prevent debris associated with charcoal grills, and to reduce the potential for other resource damage. Because of the problems associated with disposal of hot coals from charcoal grills and from wood fires, these methods used to heat food are restricted to picnic areas and campgrounds only.

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36 CFR §2.14 – SANITATION and REFUSE


(a)(2) The use of government refuse receptacles or facilities for dumping household, commercial or industrial refuse, brought as such from private or municipal property may be allowed under the following conditions:

  • The refuse is produced from a park employee or volunteer residing within the park

  • The refuse is produced from the Wildwood Stables concessions operation

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36 CFR §2.15 – PETS


(a)(1) The following areas are closed to pets, except to service animals:

  • All public buildings
  • Echo Lake Beach from May 15 through September 15
  • Sand Beach from June 15 through September 8.
  • The six cliff ladder trails: Beehive Trail, Beech Cliffs Trail, Ladder Trail, Perpendicular Trail, Precipice Trail, and Jordan Cliffs Trail between Penobscot East Trail and the carriage road.
  • The Wild Gardens of Acadia at Sieur de Monts.
  • Duck Harbor Campground, Isle au Haut
  • All areas that are closed to park visitors, such as remote island closures to protect wildlife nesting, are also closed to pets.

Notes: Pets on retractable leashes extended beyond 6’ are in violation of 36 CFR §2.15 (a)(2). In addition, leash length restrictions imposed in 36 CFR §2.15 (a)(2) prohibit the use of dog sleds, dog carts, and traditional skijoring.

"Electronic or "shock" collars do not meet the requirements for physical restraint of a pet as required by 36 CFR §2.15(a)(2). Pets must be crated, caged, or restrained on a leash not exceeding six feet in length.

Determination: The popular swim beaches receive high summer visitation and pets could create visitor use conflicts. In addition, pet excrement on beaches and areas where visitors sit and lay down could create a public health concern.

Determination: The ladder trails are difficult enough for hikers to negotiate without also having to address pet handling and management. Several other trails, not listed, have areas with precipitous routes that can result in challenging and, to some, threatening pet contact situations. Many trails that are not listed above are not appropriate for pet use due to the steep nature of the trail or the need to physically carry a pet over terrain too difficult for them to negotiate on their own. Those trails include, but are not limited to: Acadia Mountain, Flying Mountain, Giant Slide, Cadillac Mountain—West Face, Pond Trail—East End, Norumbega Goat Trail, Bubbles-Pemetic Trail, Penobscot Mountain (Spring) Trail, Upper Beachcroft Trail, and the Upper Gorge Trail. Pets are not permitted to be off leash even in these areas.

Determination: Duck Harbor Campground is closed to pets to preserve the unique remote qualities of the island, to avoid humans contacting excrement in close proximity to the provided shelters, and to avoid potential noise violations.



(a)(3) The park headquarters area at McFarland Hill has been designated as a location where employees and volunteers of Acadia National Park may temporarily tether a dog unattended to a personal vehicle. The designation is pursuant to the conditions outlined in the McFarland Hill Dog Policy.

Residents of single occupancy park residences may tether a pet on tether no longer than 15’ to an inanimate object near the housing unit only at times while the occupant is present in the residence.

Determination: This dog-friendly approach at park headquarters has been established, with the guidance of detailed park policy, to provide for employee morale by offering areas away from the general public suitable for safe and humane alternatives to pet care.


(a)(5) Pet owners are responsible for removing pet excrement. All animal waste must be removed no matter the location. Visitors bringing pets to the park must carry on their person a bag or other device for the containerization and removal of excrement. Visitors shall immediately containerize and remove pet excrement by depositing it in a trash receptacle or by otherwise taking the excrement from the park.

Determination: Managing pet excrement is necessary for human and pet health and safety.

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36 CFR §2.16 – HORSES and PACK ANIMALS


(a) The following animals are designated as pack animals:

  • Horses
  • Burros
  • Mules
  • Llamas
  • Alpacas


(b) The use of pack animals is permitted on the following trails, routes and roads:

  • Carriage roads, except as noted in 36 CFR §2.16 (g) below
  • The Western Mountain Connector Trail (only when the Western Mountain Road and Lurvey Spring Road are closed to motor vehicles)
  • Motor vehicle roads when closed to motor vehicles
  • Established crosswalks
  • Hio Fire Road

(g) Other conditions concerning the use of pack animals:

  • Carriage Roads are closed to horse use between intersections 1- 8, except between junctions 7 and 8. The closure includes Witch Hole Pond Loop, the Paradise Hill Loop, and the Eagle Lake Loop (except for the area between intersections 7 and 8), and the carriage road access trail from the Visitor Center to intersection 1. Intersections are shown on the park's official "Carriage Road Users Map".
  • Pack animal use is specifically prohibited on hiking trails, Schoodic bike paths, off routes, and on motor roads when open to vehicular traffic.
  • Pack animal use is permitted within the developed area of Wildwood Stables.

Determination: By agreement with the town of Bar Harbor, pack animal use is prohibited around the majority of Eagle Lake because the body of water serves as the town’s drinking water supply. Pack animal use is prohibited on the carriage road loops around Witch Hole and Paradise Hill due to funding limitations required for the increased maintenance of the roads impacted by horse use, due to lack of parking available for horse trailers, and due to potential user conflicts.

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36 CFR §2.18 – SNOWMOBILES


(b) Non-conflicting state laws regarding the operation of snowmobiles include:

  • Maine Snowmobile Law – Registration Requirements, Title 12 §7824
  • Maine Snowmobile Law – Prohibited Acts, Title 12 §7827
  • Maine Snowmobile Law – Implied Consent to Chemical Tests, Title 12 §7828


(c) Snowmobiles may be operated only on the routes indicated in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Part 7: §7.56(a) Acadia National Park - Designated Snowmobile Routes.

NOTE: The Penobscot Mountain Parking Area referred to in §7.56 is now called the Jordan Pond North Lot.

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36 CFR §2.19 – WINTER ACTIVITIES


(a) The unplowed lane of Park Loop Road may be used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Determination: Only one lane of Park Loop Road between the entrance station and Otter Cliff Road is plowed in the winter for vehicle traffic. To provide recreational opportunities by visitors on snowmobiles, skis, and snowshoes, the unplowed lane of the road is open for their use. All other sections of closed roads are open to winter activities.

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36 CFR §2.20 – SKATING, SKATEBOARDS and SIMILAR DEVICES


The use of roller skates, rollerblades, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices are allowed only in the following areas:

  • Roads closed to automobiles (excluding carriage roads)
  • Carriage Roads (between November 1 and March 31 when they are free of snow)

Note: Only off-road coasting devices with pneumatic tires are permitted on the carriage roads during the open period.

Determination: Most of the park’s paved roads are closed to automobile traffic between December 1 and April 14. During the shoulder seasons and during winter melt periods, closed paved roads provide an opportunity for these recreational activities to occur without the hazards of automobile traffic. Use of these coasting devices is prohibited in areas open to automobiles.

During the shoulder seasons when the carriage roads are typically frozen but free of snow, they are suited for off-road coasting devices such as roller skis and mountain boards with pneumatic tires.

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36 CFR §2.21 – SMOKING


(a) The following areas, structures or facilities are closed to smoking:

  • National Park Service office or storage buildings
  • Government quarters
  • Areas within 25’ of buildings or Government quarters
  • Government-owned or leased motor vehicles
  • Fuel and flammable storage areas
  • Fuel filling islands
  • Wild Gardens of Acadia
  • Campground amphitheaters
  • Bus shelters
  • Swimming beaches

Determination: Smoking is prohibited to protect park resources, reduce the risk of fire, or prevent conflicts among visitor use activities.

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36 CFR §2.23 – RECREATION FEES


(b) Recreation fees, and/or a permit, in accordance with 36 CFR Part 71, are established for the following entrance fee areas, and/or for the use of the following specialized sites, facilities, equipment or services, or for participation in the following group activity, recreation events or specialized recreation uses:

Entrance Fees (June 1, 2018):

Individual / Family

Rate

Type of Pass

Applies To

$30

7-day permit per vehicle

Non-commercial visitors in vehicles 15-pasenger and less

$15

7-day permit per person

Visitors on foot or bike

$25

7-day permit per motorcycle

Visitors on a motorcycle

$55

Acadia National Park Annual Park Pass

Good for one year from month of purchase


America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes

Rate

Type of Pass

Applies To

$55

Acadia Annual Pass

Valid for 12 months from purchase date. This pass provides access to Acadia National Park only. This pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle

$80

Lifetime Senior Pass

Lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over..

$20

Annual Senior Pass

Annual pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.

$80

Interagency Annual Pass

Valid for 12 months from purchase date

Free

Interagency Annual Military Pass

This is a free pass for active duty U.S. military personnel and their dependents, with valid documentation (CAC Card or DD Form 1173).

Free

Interagency Volunteer Pass

This pass is for volunteers acquiring 250 service hours on a cumulative basis.

Free

Access Pass

Valid for life. This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.

Commercial Operation and Taxis

Rate

Type of Pass

Applies To

$150

Passenger capacity of 26 and over (buses)

Permit per trip

$50

Passenger capacity of 16-25 (Mini-buses)

Permit per trip

$60

Passenger capacity of 7 – 15 (Vans)

Permit per trip

$25

Passenger capacity of 1-6 (Sedans)

Permit per trip


DAILY SUTE USE FEE AREAS

Blackwoods Campground

Rate

Site Type

Season of Operation

$30

Tent and RV sites per night

May 1 through October 31, reservations strongly encouraged. Reservations are made no more than 6 months in advance of camp date, call 1-877-444-6777

$10

Tent and RV sites per night

November 1 through November 31

$10

Tent and RV sites per night

April 1 through April 30

Free

Tent and RV sites per night

December 1 through March 31*

$60

Group Camping per night (15 people maximum capacity)

Available May 15 through October 15, by reservation. Reservations are made beginning March 15, call 1-877-444-6777.

Seawall Campground

Rate

Site Type

Season of Operation

$30

Tent and RV sites per night

Wednesday before Memorial Weekend through October 1

$22

Walk-in sites per night

Wednesday before Memorial Weekend through October 1

$60

Group Camping per night (15 people maximum capacity)

Wednesday before Memorial Weekend through October 1 by reservation. Reservations are made beginning March 15, call 1-877-444-6777.

Schoodic Woods Campground

Rate

Site Type

Season of Operation

$30

Tent and Trailer sites per night

Wednesday before Memorial Weekend through October 1

$22

Walk-in sites per night

Wednesday before Memorial Weekend through October 1

$36

RV with electric

Wednesday before Memorial Weekend through October 1

$40

RV with electric and water

Wednesday before Memorial Weekend through October 1

$60

Group Camping per night (15 people maximum capacity)

Wednesday before Memorial Weekend through October 1 by reservation. Reservations are made beginning March 15, call 1-877-444-6777.

Duck Harbor Campground

Rate

Site Type

Seasons of Operation

$25

Special Use Permit for one sheltered tent site per three nights, limited to one stay per year.

Available May 15 through October 15 by reservation. Reservations are made beginning April 1, call 207-335-5551.

* Permit required from Park Dispatch

(c) The collection of entrance fees may be suspended during the following periods:

  • National Public Lands Day, the last Saturday in September
  • Other dates as designated by the superintendent or the Secretary of the Interior

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36 CFR §2.35 –ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES


(a)(3)(iii) The following public use areas, portions of public use areas, and/or public facilities within the park are closed to consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or to the possession of a bottle, can or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or has been opened, or whose seal has been broken or the contents of which have been partially removed:

  • All public buildings and facilities, excluding the area served by the Jordan Pond House Restaurant and staff housing
  • Parking lots and pull-outs
  • Sand Beach
  • Echo Lake Beach
  • Lake Wood shoreline
  • Echo Lake Ledges (near Acadia Mountain Trailhead parking)
  • Along the shoreline within ¼ mile of the cliff and swimming area known as “Tyson Camp,” “Ranger Camp,” or “the Cliffs,” located on the southeast end of Long Pond.

Determination: Due to the high and concentrated visitor use of the above areas, the hazards posed by broken glass, the potential for discarded cans, and the potential for water emergencies occurring on unguarded beaches and water accesses, park managers have determined that alcohol consumption in the above areas is considered inappropriate.

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First Amendment Activity Areas
First Amendment Activity Areas

36 CFR §2.51 – D FIRST AMENDMENT ACTIVITY AREAS


(c)(2) The following areas have been established for small First Amendment activities that do not require a Special Use Permit. They are available on a first-come, first served basis. The established locations are:

  • The grass area beside the rock patio outside of the Hulls Cove Visitor Center
  • The grass area enclosed by sidewalks and located between the Sand Beach dressing rooms and restrooms
  • The grass area enclosed by the loop road at Frazer Point Picnic Area

Note: First Amendment activities for 14 days or less and involving 25 people or fewer do not require a Special Use Permit to demonstrate or distribute or sell printed matter under our First Amendment rights. However, First Amendment activities without a permit are restricted to the designated first amendment sites listed above. Those sites were selected by the park for their high visibility and access to the public and for the physical nature of those sites to provide ample room for freedom of speech activities. Activities shall not cause injury or damage to park resources, unreasonably interfere with tranquility or interpretive activities, or create a clear or present danger to park visitors.

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36 CFR §2.52 -- SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF PRINTED MATTER


(b) The sale or distribution of printed matter by more than 25 persons is allowed within park areas designated as available under §2.51(c)(2) (see above) when the superintendent has issued a permit.

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36 CFR §2.62 – MEMORIALIZATION


(b) A permit is required for the scattering of ashes from cremated human remains. The scattering of human ashes from cremation is allowed pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit as outlined below:

  • The remains to be scattered must have been cremated and pulverized
  • The ashes must not contain recognizable pieces of bone or teeth
  • The ashes must not be scattered within developed areas
  • The scattering of remains by persons on the ground is to be performed at least 100 yards from any trail, road, developed facility, known archeological and historic sites, or inland body of water
  • The scattering of remains from the air is to be performed at a minimum altitude of 2,000 feet above the ground

Determination: The conditions outlined above reduce the chances of creating offensive conditions by the scattering of human ashes

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Last updated: May 5, 2018

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PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338

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