Boating and Water Use Activities (36 CFR, Part 3)

IV. CFR, PART 3 - BOATING AND WATER USE ACTIVITIES

36 CFR §3.8 – PROHIBITED VESSEL OPERATIONS


(a)(2) Launching or recovering a vessel is prohibited, except at the following launch sites designated by the Superintendent:
  • Open ORV routes
  • Chequesset Landing
Launch sites are identified due to the ability to access these areas by vessels on trailers.

(b)(5) Operating a power driven or sailing vessel within marked designated swimming area is prohibited.

The following posted areas are designated as swimming beaches from June 15 – Labor Day and are closed to boating activities:
  • Coast Guard Beach
  • Head of the Meadow Beach
  • Nauset Light Beach
  • Race Point Beach
  • Marconi Beach
  • Herring Cove Beach

Designated swimming beaches are identified as areas closed to boating to avoid visitor use conflicts and for public safety.

36 CFR §3.9 – PERSONAL WATERCRAFT (PWC)


Personal Watercraft is prohibited within the boundaries of Cape Cod National Seashore.

Personal Watercraft poses unacceptable risk of injury to operators and bystanders, and conflicts with other longstanding uses of the Seashore.

36 CFR §3.16 – SWIMMING AND WADING


Swimming or wading is allowed within the boundaries of Cape Cod National Seashore, except where designated as closed by the posting of signs in accordance with §1.5 and §1.7 of this chapter.

36 CFR §3.17 – REGULATIONS THAT APPLY WITHIN DESIGNATED SWIMMING BEACHES


(a) The Superintendent may designate areas for swimming areas or swimming beaches.

The following posted areas are designated as swimming beaches from June 15 – Labor Day.
  • Coast Guard Beach
  • Head of the Meadow Beach
  • Nauset Light Beach
  • Race Point Beach
  • Marconi Beach
  • Herring Cove Beach
The following is prohibited when lifeguards are on duty:
  • Use of a surfboard, paddleboard, Kayak or similar rigid device
  • Use of flotation devices (other than properly worn U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices) and scuba gear.
  • Sporting events (except as authorized by Special Use Permit)
  • Kite Flying
  • Possession of glass containers
The identified activities are determined to threaten public health and safety and cause user conflicts.

Last updated: May 23, 2017

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