Laws & Policies

2016 Superintendent's Compendium
Designations, closures, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority. (pdf file, 1.2Mb)


Firearms in National Parks
The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010.
Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws.
The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting.
For more information about Maryland gun laws please visit their website.
For more information about Virginia gun laws please visit their website. (search for Sections 18.2-279 to 18.2-311.2)

Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.


PWC Regulations at Assateague Island National Seashore
Effective May 1, 2000 all waters within the boundary of Assateague Island National Seashore are closed to personal watercraft (PWC). Approved PWC travel routes for access to the island are shown on the following maps:
Personal Watercraft (PWC) entire island (606kb, PDF file)
Personal Watercraft (PWC) Maryland (292kb, PDF file)
Personal Watercraft (PWC) Virginia (171kb, PDF file)

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Mailing Address:

7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811


(410) 641-1441
Main Line: 410-641-1441 Dial 1 for Maryland District Visitor Information Dial 2 for Virginia District Visitor Information Dial 3 for National Seashore Camping Dial 4 for Park Office Directory

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