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36 CFR §3.12 – USING A VESSEL TO TOW A PERSON
36 CFR §3.16 – SWIMMING AND WADING
36 CFR §3.17 – SWIMMING AREAS AND BEACHES
36 CFR §3.18 – SCUBA AND SNORKELING
36 CFR §3.19 – USE OF SUBMERSIBLES
36 CFR §3.7 – PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE (PFD) REQUIREMENTS
36 CFR §3.8 – BOATING OPERATIONS
36 CFR §4.11 – VEHICLE LOAD, WEIGHT AND SIZE LIMITS
36 CFR §4.13 – OBSTRUCTING TRAFFIC
36 CFR §4.21 – SPEED LIMITS
36 CFR §4.30 – BICYCLES
36 CFR §4.31 – HITCHHIKING
36 CFR §5.1 – ADVERTISEMENTS
36 CFR §5.3 – BUSINESS OPERATIONS
36 CFR §5.4 – COMMERCIAL PASSENGER-CARRYING MOTOR VEHICLES
36 CFR §5.5 – COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
36 CFR §5.6 – COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
36 CFR §5.7 – CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS OR OTHER FACILITIES
36 CFR §5.10 – EATING, DRINKING, OR LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS
36 CFR §7.56 – ACADIA NATIONAL PARK SPECIAL REGULATIONS

 

36 CFR §3.12 – USING A VESSEL TO TOW A PERSON


(a) The towing of a person by a vessel is prohibited.
(b) Towing a person using a parasail, hang-glider or other airborne device is prohibited.

Determination: Town ordinance restrictions on outboard motor size and use of personal watercraft supports the park goals of providing opportunities for quiet, non-conflicting forms of recreation in the Great Ponds associated with the park. (Long Pond, which is open to water skiing, is outside of the park and the only exception to the motor size restriction.) Park-owned ponds are less than 10 acres, generally very shallow, and often inaccessible by vehicles.

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36 CFR §3.16 – SWIMMING AND WADING


All park waters below are open to swimming and wading except the “Great Ponds” as noted below.

Note: The following is informational only since the Great Ponds have generally been determined to be outside of the park’s jurisdiction. Violators outside of the park are simply educated.

Pond

Water Contact Restrictions

Determination

Eagle Lake

No pets in water; no swimming, windsurfing, paddle boarding, oar boarding, or SCUBA diving; and no snowmobiling or boating within 1000’ of water intake

Bar Harbor water supply. (H.P. 142 – L.D. 175, 1973). Vehicles designed for use on public highways are prohibited on the ice. (Town of Bar Harbor Ordinance 06.05.05.01)

Bubble Pond

No pets in water; no swimming, windsurfing, paddle boarding, oar boarding, or SCUBA diving

Bar Harbor water supply. (H.P. 142 – L.D. 175, 1973). Vehicles designed for use on public highways are prohibited on the ice. (Town of Bar Harbor Ordinance 06.05.05.01)

Jordan Pond

No pets in water; no swimming, windsurfing, paddle boarding, oar boarding, or SCUBA diving

Seal Harbor water supply. (H.P. 142 – L.D. 175, 1973).

Upper and Lower Hadlock Ponds

No pets in water; no swimming, windsurfing, paddle boarding, oar boarding,or SCUBA diving

Northeast Harbor water supply. (H.P. 142 – L.D. 175, 1973).

Long Pond (Great)

No swimming and no SCUBA diving within 1000’ of intake on the south end of the pond.

Southwest Harbor water supply



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36 CFR §3.17 – SWIMMING AREAS AND BEACHES


(a) Sand Beach is a designated swim beach from June 15 through September 8. Echo Lake Beach is a designated swimming beach from May 15 through September 15.

(c) During swimming beach designation, the following apply:

Activity / Use

Sand Beach

Echo Lake Beach

Possession/Use of USCG-Approved Floatation

Yes Yes

Possession/Use of Other Flotation

No Yes

Possession of Glass Containers

No No

Possession of Dogs

No No

Fishing

No No

Snorkeling/SCUBA diving

Yes Yes

Launching/Landing of Boats

No No

Possession of Alcohol

No No

Incompatible Sporting Activities

No No

Kite Flying that creates an interference

No No

Surfing

No No

Metal Detecting

No No


During those times Sand Beach and Echo Lake Beach are not designated as swim beaches, the following apply:

Activity / Use

Sand Beach

Echo Lake Beach

Possession/Use of USCG-Approved Floatation

Yes Yes

Possession/Use of Other Flotation

Yes Yes

Possession of Glass Containers

No No

Possession of Dogs

Yes Yes

Fishing

Yes Yes

Snorkeling/SCUBA diving

Yes Yes

Launching/Landing of Boats

Yes Yes

Possession of Alcohol

No No

Sporting Activities

Yes Yes

Kite Flying

Yes Yes

Surfing

Yes No

Metal Detecting

No No


Note: The use of alcohol and the possession of glass containers in these areas are prohibited year-round.

Determination: When the beaches are in peak use, the potential for user conflicts caused by athletic sports, fishing, and kite flying is increased. Broken glass containers and fish hooks can pose a substantial hazard in swim areas where visitors do not wear shoes. Due to 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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36 CFR §3.18 – SCUBA AND SNORKELING


Within Acadia National Park, SCUBA diving and snorkeling are permitted park-wide except within the “Great Ponds” as noted in §3.16 – SWIMMING AND WADING.

(a) In St. Croix Island International Historic Site, SCUBA diving is prohibited anywhere within the island’s boundary.

Determination: The island closure to snorkeling and SCUBA diving is in an effort to protect submerged archeological resources on and around the island.

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36 CFR §3.19 – USE OF SUBMERSIBLES


The use of manned or unmanned submersibles may only occur in accordance with a permit issued by the superintendent.

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36 CFR §3.7 – PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE (PFD) REQUIREMENTS

Note: Violations under this section should be cited under §1.5(f).


In accordance with U.S. Coast Guard and state requirements, PFDs must be worn or carried on vessels located within all bodies of water in the park:

  • If the boat is less than 16 feet long, or is a canoe or kayak of any length, each person on board must have a wearable Type l, ll or lll PFD.
  • Watercraft 16 feet or longer: If the boat is 16 feet or longer, each person on board must have one wearable PFD (Type l, ll, lll), plus at least one throwable device (Type IV) on board.
  • Children 10 years of age and under must wear a Type l, ll, or lll PFD while on board all watercraft.

    Note: The Massachusetts Commonwealth Act of 1640 (also known as the “Great Ponds Act” or “Colonial Ordinance”) defines natural ponds 10 acres in size and greater and dammed impoundments 30 acres in size or greater as being Great Ponds and subject to special state regulations.

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

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

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36 CFR §3.8 – BOATING OPERATIONS


(a)(2) Launching or recovering a trailered vessel is prohibited except at one of the following launch sites:

  • Eagle Lake Boat Launch
  • Ikes Point Boat Launch on Echo Lake
  • Jordan Pond Boat Launch
  • Long Pond Boat Launch (south end at pump station)
  • Seal Cove Boat Launch (unimproved)
  • Red Beach Boat Launch, St. Croix Island IHS


(a)(4) Vessels must meet horsepower conditions outlined this document:

The following table lists lakes and ponds encompassed by or adjacent to Acadia National Park and the motor restrictions of those impoundments:

Pond

Motor Restrictions

Aunt Betty Pond

Internal combustion engines prohibited

Bear Brook Pond (Beaver Dam Pond)

No Motors

The Bowl

No Motors

Breakneck Pond (lower)

No Motors

Breakneck Pond (upper)

No Motors

Bubble Pond

Internal combustion engines prohibited

Duck Pond

No Motors

Eagle Lake

Maximum 10 HP engine

Echo Lake

Maximum 10 HP engine

Fawn Pond

No Motors

Hadlock Pond (lower)

Maximum 10 HP engine

Hadlock Pond (upper)

Maximum 10 HP engine

Half Moon Pond

No Motors

Hodgdon Pond

Maximum 10 HP engine

Jordan Pond

Maximum 10 HP engine

Lake Wood

Internal combustion engines prohibited

Long Pond (Great Pond) (Mount Desert Island)

No horsepower limit

Long Pond (Isle au Haut)

No restrictions listed

Round Pond

Internal combustion engines prohibited

Seal Cove Pond

Maximum 10 HP engine

Seawall Pond

No Motors

Sargent Mountain Pond

No Motors

The Tarn

No Motors

Witch Hole Pond

Internal combustion engines prohibited


Note: State regulations require that all motorized watercraft used in the state to be registered.

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36 CFR §4.11 – VEHICLE LOAD, WEIGHT AND SIZE LIMITS


(a) The following load, weight and size limits, which are more restrictive than State of Maine law, apply to the roads indicated under the terms and conditions, and/or under permit as noted:

  • Park Loop Road between Fabbri Picnic Area and Wildwoods Stables is closed to vehicles taller than 12’ 0”.
  • Park Loop Road between the Sieur de Monts and the entrance station is closed to vehicles taller than 12’ 2”.
  • Stanley Brook Road is closed to vehicles taller than 10’ 4”.
  • Fish House Road, in Otter Cove, is closed to vehicles taller than 11’ 6”.
  • Duck Brook Road is closed to vehicles taller than 12’ 4”.
  • Tour bus weights are limited to 27 tons GVW, in accordance with Maine state regulations.
  • Commercial vehicles are prohibited from use on park roads without prior permission from the park superintendent. Trucks are generally limited to a total of three axles. All vehicles must be within state weight limits.
  • RVs and buses are prohibited on Sargeant Drive, posted by the Town of Mount Desert.
  • The southern end of Schooner Head Road, also known as Great Head Road, between the Schooner Head Overlook intersection and Great Head Parking Lot is closed to vehicles longer than 20 feet and to trailers.
  • Bass Harbor Head Road is closed to buses and RVs longer than 20 feet and to trailers.
  • 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.

Notes: The underpass clearance height at the Highway 3 bridge over Park Loop Road at Blackwoods Campground is 11’8” in the right lane and 12’0” in the left lane. All vehicles over 11’8” must drive in the left lane while passing beneath the overpass.

Commercial vehicles are prohibited from using Otter Cliff Road within the park, except during emergencies to exit Park Loop Road.

Determinations: These roads feature historic underpasses that were constructed lower than conventionally built underpasses. Taller vehicles will not fit beneath the historic bridges. The vehicle weight and size restrictions are based upon load bearing limits on the historic bridges in the park.

The southern end of Schooner Head Road does not provide adequate turn-around room for vehicles longer than 15-passenger vans. Visitors in recreational vehicles and buses interested in hiking the Great Head Trail may access the trail from the Schooner Head Overlook Parking Lot or from the Sand Beach Parking Lot.

The parking lot at Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse is too small to provide adequate turn around space for large vehicles and vehicles with trailers.

Sargeant Drive is too narrow to accommodate larger vehicles on this 17.5’ two-way road. This is a Town of Mount Desert regulation

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36 CFR §4.13 – OBSTRUCTING TRAFFIC


(a) Along the one-way section of Park Loop Road between Bear Brook Picnic Area and the Stanley Brook Road junction, parking vehicles in the right lane is permitted when in accordance with traffic control devices.

Determination: Managing vehicle parking is a challenge at Acadia National Park. In an effort to reduce roadside resource damage from cars parked off road, and to reduce visual obtrusions created by additional parking facilities, park managers offer sections of the right lane of the Park Loop Road for parking.

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36 CFR §4.21 – SPEED LIMITS


(b) Unless otherwise posted in congested and/or hazardous areas, the following speed limits are established for the routes/roads indicated:

  • Park Loop Road (except as noted below) and Paradise Hill Road on MDI – 35 m.p.h.
  • Park Loop Road between the Stanley Brook Road junction and the Pond Trail – 25 m.p.h.
  • Moore Road and East Schoodic Drive, in the Schoodic Section – 35 m.p.h.
  • Unpaved Roads – 25 m.p.h.
  • Carriage Roads (for bicycles and carriage roads open to snowmobiles) – 25 m.p.h.

Determination: The posted speed limits on Park Loop Road and Paradise Hill Road are reduced to the posted speeds due to:

  • The high volume of traffic
  • The wide array of vehicle types (cars, buses, rented mopeds, and bicycles)
  • The narrow road width,
  • Limited bridge clearances, and
  • Right lane parking.
Higher speed limits would be unreasonable, unsafe and inconsistent with the purposes for which the park was established.

 

36 CFR §4.30 – BICYCLES


(a) Bicycle use is only permitted on motor roads; on carriage roads; on designated bike paths; on parking areas; and on all maintained service roads, including Hio Road, Marshall Brook Fire Road, the Western Mountain Connector, the Sand Beach Connector, and Western Head Road on Isle au Haut.

The use of bicycles on hiking trails and in off-road areas is prohibited.

Notes: Bicycle possession (walking a bike on a trail to access an area open to bike use) is permitted on trails within the park that are closed to bicycle use.

However, the private carriage roads located between Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor, concentrated around Little Long Pond, are located outside of the park and are closed to bicycle use or possession.

Riding bicycles abreast is permitted on roads closed to motor vehicles and on the right lane of the one-way section of Park Loop Road and Schoodic Loop Road when the right lane is unobstructed as long as traffic in the left lane is not hampered. Riders must ride single-file on two-way roads open to traffic. They are also requested to abide by the right-of-way guidelines posted along the carriage roads and yield to pedestrians and horseback riders.

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36 CFR §4.31 – HITCHHIKING


In accordance with State of Maine Law, Title 29-A: Motor Vehicles § 2110, on federal and state roads, hitchhiking is prohibited in the following areas under the terms and conditions noted:

  • Hitchhiking on the traveled portion of a public way or otherwise interfering with the flow of traffic
  • Creating a hazardous condition

  • Hitchhiking at night

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36 CFR §5.1 – ADVERTISEMENTS


Commercial notices or advertisements shall not be displayed, posted, or distributed on federally owned or controlled lands within a park area unless prior written permission has been given by the Superintendent.

NOTE: See §5.1 for criteria for granting permission.

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36 CFR §5.3 – BUSINESS OPERATIONS


Engaging in or soliciting any business in park areas, except in accordance with the provisions of a permit, contract, or other written agreement with the United States, except as such may be specifically authorized under special regulations applicable to a park area, is prohibited.

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36 CFR §5.4 – COMMERCIAL PASSENGER-CARRYING MOTOR VEHICLES


(a) The commercial transportation of passengers by motor vehicle except as authorized under a contract or permit from the Secretary or his authorized representative is prohibited in certain parks. See §5.4(a) for more information.

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36 CFR §5.5 – COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY


(a) Before any motion picture may be filmed or any television production or sound track may be made by any person other than bona fide newsreel or news television personnel, written permission must first be obtained from the Superintendent.

(b)Taking photographs of any vehicle or other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising without a written permit from the Superintendent is prohibited.

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36 CFR §5.6 – COMMERCIAL VEHICLES


(b) & (c) Using commercial vehicles on government roads within park areas when such use is in no way connected with the operation of the park is generally prohibited, and requires permission or a permit from the Superintendent.

NOTE: See conditions for granting permission or issuing a permit in §5.6.

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36 CFR §5.7 – CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS OR OTHER FACILITIES


Such activities are prohibited, except in accordance with the provisions of a valid permit, contract, or other written agreement with the United States.

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36 CFR §5.10 – EATING, DRINKING, OR LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS


(a) In certain parks, establishments offering food, drink, or lodging for sale on privately owned lands may only be operated with a permit from the Superintendent. See §5.10 for more information.

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36 CFR §7.56 ACADIA NATIONAL PARK SPECIAL REGULATIONS

(a) Designated Snowmobile Routes. The designated routes for snowmobile are:

  1. Park Loop Road (except section from Stanley Brook intersection north to the gate at Penobscot Mountain Parking Area) and connecting roads as follows: Paradise Hill Road (Visitor Center to Junction Park Loop Road); Stanley Brook Road; Ledgelawn Extension Road; Sieur de Monts (gate to Loop Road); West Street; Cadillac Mountain Summit Road; entrance roads to Wildwood Stable.
  2. Portions of Carriage Paths as follows: A section of Carriage Path 1.8 miles in length from the parking area at the north end of Eagle Lake down the east side of the lake to connection with Park Loop Road at Bubble Pond Rest Area. A section of Carriage Path 0.6 miles in length from Wildwood Stable to connection with Park Loop Road south of the entrance road to Penobscot Mountain Parking Area.
  3. Hio Truck Road from Seawall Campground north to State Route 102.
  4. The paved camper access roads within Seawall Campground.
  5. Marshall Brook Truck Road from Seal Cove Road to Marshall Brook.
  6. Seal Cove Road from Park Boundary in Southwest Harbor to State Route 102 in Seal Cove.
  7. Western Mountain Road from Park Boundary west of Worcester Landfill to Seal Cove Pond.
  8. The two crossroads connecting Western Mountain Road and Seal Cove Road.
  9. Long Pond Truck Road including Spur Road to Pine Hill.
  10. Lurvey Spring Road from Junction with Long Pond Road in Southwest Harbor to intersection with Echo Lake Beach Road.
  11. The Echo Lake Entrance Road from State Route 102 to Echo Lake Beach Parking Area.
 

Last updated: May 5, 2018

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