Laws & Policies

2019 Superintendent's Compendium
Designations, closures, permit requirements and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority. (pdf file, 2.7 Mb)

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 the website.
For more information about Virginia gun laws please the Virginia State Law Portal 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)

Drones in National Parks
As of August 20, 2014 unmanned aircraft (also known as "drones") are not permitted to be launched, landed or operated within areas or lands managed by the National Park Service. This includes Assateague Island National Seashore.
Metal Detecting in National Parks
Possessing or using a mineral or metal detector, magnetometer, side scan sonar, other metal detecting device, or sub-bottom profiler is prohibited within areas or lands managed by the National Park Service.

Last updated: September 23, 2019

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