Compendium General Regulations

B. Superintendent's Compendium

In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (“36 CFR”), Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, authorized by Title 16 United States Code, Section 3, the following provisions apply to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service (NPS), within the boundaries of Isle Royale National Park. Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7.

Written determinations that explain the reasoning behind the Superintendent’s use of discretionary authority, as required by Section 1.5(c), appear in Section IV of this document.

Signed June 30, 2017 by Superintendent Phyllis Green
 

Compendium Organization: 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 §2.10 – Camping and Food Storage

36 CFR §2.13 – Fires

36 CFR §2.14 – Sanitation and Refuse
(a)(7) Disposal of Fish Remains:

(b) Conditions for the Disposal, Containerization, or Carryout of Human Body Waste

36 CFR §2.15 – Pets
36 CFR §2.17 – Aircraft and Air Delivery
36 CFR §2.20 – Skating, Skateboards and Similar Devices
36 CFR §2.21 – Smoking

36 CFR §2.22 – Property
36 CFR §2.23 – Recreation Fees
36 CFR §2.35 – Alcholic Beverages and Controlled Substances
36 CFR §2.38 – Explosives
36 CFR §2.52 – Sale or Distribution of Printer Matter
36 CFR §2.62 – Memorialization
36 CFR §3.8 – Boating Operations
36 CFR §3.12 – Water Skiing and Towing of Airborned Devices
36 CFR §4.30 – Bicycles

 

III. General Regulations

36 CFR §2.1 – Preservation of Natural, Cultural, and Archeological Resources

(a)(4) Dead wood on the ground and driftwood may be collected for use as fuel for campfires within the park in the following areas:

  • In areas with park-provided fire rings or grills (see Section 2.13).

  • Near campgrounds when using a self-contained wood-burning backpacking stove.
  • Driftwood along Isle Royale’s Lake Superior shoreline.
 

(c)(1) and (c)(2) Fruits, nuts, or berries may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption, only in accordance with the noted size, quantity, collection sites and/or use or consumption restrictions:

  • The following fruits, nuts, and berries may be gathered:

    • Apples

    • Beach peas

    • Blueberries

    • Chokecherries

    • Cranberries

    • Currants

    • Elderberries

    • Hazel nuts

    • Juneberries

    • Mushrooms

    • Pin cherries

    • Raspberries

    • Rhubarb

    • Rose hips

    • Strawberries

    • Thimbleberries

    • Wintergreen berries

  • Listed fruits, nuts, and berries may be gathered in quantities not to exceed one quart per person per day; except for apples which may be gathered in quantities not to exceed two gallons per person per day; and blueberries, raspberries, thimbleberries, and mushrooms which may be gathered in quantities not to exceed four quarts per person per day.

Determination: See Section IV, note 17.


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36 CFR §2.2 - Wildlife Protection

(d) The transporting of lawfully taken wildlife through the park is allowed under the following conditions and procedures:

  • Transporting wildlife through Isle Royale National Park is prohibited.

(e) The following areas are closed to the viewing of wildlife with the use of an artificial light:

  • Use of artificial light to view wildlife is prohibited except by: 1) flashlights not exceeding 2,000 candlepower, and 2) individual photographic strobe flash units.


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36 CFR §2.3 - Fishing

(d)(2) Possession or use of live or dead minnows or other bait fish, amphibian, non-preserved fish eggs, or roe is allowed in the following fresh water areas:

  • Possessing or using as bait for fishing in inland waters, live or dead minnows or other bait fish, amphibians, non-preserved fish eggs, or fish roe is prohibited. Possession or use of insects and invertebrates (e.g., leeches, worms, and clams) is prohibited.


(d)(8) Fishing is allowed in or from the following otherwise prohibited areas:
Public boat docks:

  • Fishing is allowed from all public boat docks, so long as it does not interfere with boat traffic.


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36 CFR §2.10 – Camping and Food Storage

(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:

  • Permit required for all overnight stays within the park, except Rock Harbor Lodge guests, and guests of employees and/or authorized residents staying at their assigned quarters, dock, or guest housing.

  • Small parties are defined as parties consisting of 1-6 persons.

  • Groups are defined as parties from seven persons to no more than 10 persons.

  • The following areas are closed to camping:

    • Within ½ mile of all eagle and osprey nests.

    • Passage Island.

    • All off-shore and inland lake islands except those officially designated with campsites.

    • Park zones 6, 7, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 38, and 43 from April 16 - September 1, except at designated campsites.

    • Park zones 42, 44, and 45, from April 16 - September 1, except at established NPS campsites and a strip ¼-mile wide along Lake Superior shoreline for cross-country canoeists, kayakers, hikers, and boaters.

    • Zones 27, 28, and 39 from April 16 September 1, except for a strip ¼-mile wide bordering Siskiwit, Intermediate, Wood, and Whittlesey lakes, for cross-country canoeists, kayakers, and hikers.

    • Zones 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, and 50 are closed all year except at designated campgrounds due to proximity of developed areas.

    • Within ¼ mile of any trail or portage.

    • Within ½ mile from all developed areas, designated campgrounds, and fire towers.

  • The following area is closed to commercial kayak trips (Determination number 18):

    • West end of the Island between Todd Harbor to the north and Fisherman’s Home to the south.

Determination: See Section IV, note 18

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36 CFR §2.10 – Camping and Food Storage

  • The following docks are closed to camping and overnight docking/mooring. Docking/mooring is prohibited between the hours of 10 p.m. EDT and 6 a.m. EDT:
    • America Dock (Snug Harbor).

    • Amygdaloid Island Dock (except for residents or invited guests of residents).

    • Crystal Cove.

    • Edisen Fishery Dock (except for residents or invited guests of residents).

    • Hidden Lake Dock.

    • Malone Bay Dock, north side (except for residents or invited guests of residents).

    • Mott Island Docks (except for residents or invited guests of residents).

    • Passage Island Docks.

    • Ranger III Dock at Rock Harbor.

    • Raspberry Island Dock.

    • Wright Island.

    • Any NPS or concession fuel dispensing dock except the south side of Malone Bay dock.

    • Any other dock posted or signed as closed to overnight use or public entry, or private.

    • All docks assigned to life lessees, park VIPs, use and occupancy permits, and assessment fishermen, except by permission of authorized resident.

    • The following buoys are closed to camping and overnight use:

    • Any shipwreck mooring buoy.


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36 CFR §2.10 – Camping and Food Storage

  • At docks where overnight use is permitted:
    • Dock space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    • Docks and shelters may not be reserved or held for others.

    • Boaters already set up at a campsite or shelter and who have a valid camping permit shall be given priority access to space at the dock.

Determination: See Section IV, note 19.


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36 CFR §2.10 – Camping and Food Storage

  • Camping outside of the following conditions is prohibited:

    • Group Camping

      • Groups (camping parties of 7-10 people) must have advance reservations for camping before arriving on the island.

      • 10 persons is the maximum size of any camping party.

      • No organization/group may have more than 20 persons camping within the boundaries of Isle Royale National Park at any one time.

      • No organization/group may exceed 80 persons per year camping within the boundaries of Isle Royale National Park.

      • Groups must use established group campsites.

      • Groups may not use shelters or campsites other than designated group sites, or engage in cross-country overnight travel.

      • Groups must not deviate from itineraries listed on backcountry permits, except when changed by an authorized NPS representative.

      • Small parties (six persons or less) that are associated with other parties from the same group/organization that are camping on the island during the same time period must apply for their permits in advance. (For example, if you are organizing two small parties of six persons from your church to go canoeing at Isle Royale, you must apply for your permit in advance.)

  • Small parties (six persons or less) associated with other parties from the same group/organization may not change their permits or itineraries in a way that cause two or more parties from the same group/organization to camp in the same campground on the same night. For example, your summer camp has scheduled and applied for permits in advance, for three small parties of six backpackers each to Isle Royale. During their trips, the parties may not change their itineraries in such a way as to end up in the same campground on the same night.

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36 CFR §2.10 – Camping and Food Storage

  • Camping outside of the following conditions is prohibited:
    • All
      • A party may only use or occupy one site at a time.
      • A party may not split up or register separately obtaining two permits for the purpose of obtaining two sites.
      • Shelters may not be used for the sole purpose of storage and/or cooking.
      • Temporary additions to shelters such as food storage boxes, lean-tos, clothes drying racks, lining with plastic, when attached with nails, staples, tape, and/or tacks, are prohibited.
      • Shelters designated for power boaters or backpackers/paddlers may be used only by power boater or by backpacker/paddler parties respectively, except after 6 p.m. EDT.
      • Tents may not be erected at shelter sites, except for free standing tents within shelters.
      • Tents may not be erected outside of tent pads where provided.
      • Hammocks may not be hung at shelter sites or within shelters.


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  • Camping outside of the following conditions is prohibited:

  • Cross-Country Camping

    • Only small parties of 1-6 individuals are allowed to camp in cross-country areas.

    • A cross-country permit is required for camping outside of developed campsites.

      • The camp must be out of sight and sound of other camping parties.

      • Maximum stay at any location is one night.

      • Must camp at least (tent and camping gear must be moved) ½ mile from the previous night’s stay.


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36 CFR §2.10 – Camping and Food Storage

  • Camping longer than stay limitations at designated campgrounds and their associated docks between June 1 and Labor Day, as indicated below, is prohibited:
Campground Stay Limitations (Nights
Beaver Island 3
Belle Isle 5
Birch Island 3
Caribous Island 3
Chickenbone Lake, East 2
Chickenbone Lake, West 2
Chippewa Harbor 3
Daisy Farm 3
Desor, North 2
Desor, South 2
Duncan Bay 3
Duncan Narrows 3
Feldtmann Lake 2
Grace Island 3
Hatchet Lake 2
Hay Bay 3
Huginnin Cove 3
Intermediate Lake 2
Island Mine 3
Lake Richie, Canoe In 2
Lake Richie, Hike In 2
Lake Whittlesey 2
Lane Cove 3
Little Todd 2
Malone Bay 3
McCargoe Cove 3
Merritt Lane 3
Moskey Basin 3
Pickerel Cove 2
Rock Harbor 1
Rock Harbor Marina Unlimited
Siskiwit Bay 3
Three Mile 1
Tobin Harbor Dock 5
Todd Harbor 3
Tooker's Island 3
Washington Creek 3
Windigo Dock 5
Wood Lake 2


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36 CFR §2.10 – Camping and Food Storage

(b)(3) Camping within 25 feet of a fire hydrant or main road, or within 100 feet of a flowing stream, river or body of water is authorized only in the following areas, under the conditions noted:

  • Camping within 100 feet of a flowing stream, river, or body of water is allowed only at designated campsites.

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

  • All park areas.

  • All food, lawfully taken fish, garbage, and scented items (such as toothpaste, sunscreen, lip balm, etc.) shall be kept secured in a boat, ice chest, camping structure, or other container constructed of a solid, non-pliable material, and with a secure lid.

  • In the backcountry, all food, garbage, and scented items shall be sealed so as to prevent smells; and secured so as to prevent access by animals.

Determination: See Section IV, note 20

 

36 CFR §2.13 – Fires

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

Designated Areas:

  • Belle Isle

  • Caribou Island (community fire ring only)

  • Chippewa Harbor

  • Duncan Bay

  • Duncan Narrows

  • Island Mine

  • Little Todd

  • Malone Bay

  • McCargoe Cove (community fire ring only)

  • Rock Harbor Marina

  • Siskiwit Bay (community fire ring only)

  • Todd Harbor (community fire ring only)

Receptacles Allowed:

  • Park-provided fire rings or grills, in areas designated above.


(a)(2) The following restrictions are in effect for the use of stoves or lanterns:

  • Lighting or maintaining an open fuel-burning stove or lantern within 50 feet of a fuel-storage tank or dispensing facility is prohibited at all times.

  • Self-contained backpacking wood-burning stoves are allowed (e.g., Zip Stove).

    • Self-contained wood-burning stoves hold the fire and ambers within a small fire box preventing escape, prevent the scorching of soil, and leave very little ash.


(b) Fires must be extinguished according to the following conditions:

  • Fires must be extinguished with water and stirred until cool to the touch, with no residual hot embers.


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36 CFR §2.14 – Sanitation and Refuse

(a)(7) Conditions for the disposal of fish remains near docks or within developed areas have been designated as follows:

  • Cleaning of fish directly on docks or picnic tables is prohibited.

Developed Areas

  • Disposing of fish remains at Rock Harbor is prohibited except at the designated fish cleaning station.

  • Disposing of fish remains at Mott Island is prohibited except by puncturing the air bladder and disposing of them in Lake Superior water greater than 50 feet deep with flow-through circulation, or by double bagging and disposing of in a freezer to be dedicated for fish offal disposal.

  • Disposing of fish remains at Windigo is prohibited except by puncturing the air bladder and disposing of them in Lake Superior water greater than 50 feet deep with flow-through circulation, or for shore anglers without access to a boat may dispose of fish remains off the end of the main Windigo Dock.

  • Disposing of fish remains at Davidson Island is prohibited except by puncturing the air bladder and disposing of them in Lake Superior water greater than 50 feet deep with flow-through circulation.

Undeveloped Areas, On Lake Superior Waters

  • Disposing of fish remains in undeveloped areas (other than Mott, Windigo, Rock Harbor, and Davidson Island) on Lake Superior waters is prohibited except by puncturing the air bladder and disposing of them in Lake Superior water greater than 50 feet deep with flow-through circulation, or for shore anglers without access to a boat may dispose of fish remains by cutting them into pieces 4 inches or less, puncturing the air bladder, moving at least 200 feet along the shoreline away from the campground, and throwing remains as far as possible into deep water.

Undeveloped Areas, On Inland Lake Waters

  • Disposing of fish remains on inland waters is prohibited except by cutting the remains into pieces 4 inches or less, puncturing the air bladder, and disposing of them into deepwater via canoe, or by cutting the remains into pieces 4 inches or less, puncturing the air bladder, moving at least 200 feet along the shoreline away from the campground, and throwing remains as far as possible into deep water.

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36 CFR §2.14 – Sanitation and Refuse

(b) Conditions for the disposal, containerization, or carryout of human body waste have been established as follows:

  • Disposing of human waste in established backcountry sites other than in designated privies is prohibited.

  • In backcountry areas where privies are not available, disposing of human waste is prohibited except by burial in a hole 6 inches deep, covered with soil, out of site from a trail, and least 100 feet from any water source, high water mark of any body of water, or campsite.

  • All toilet paper shall be packed out, except toilet paper disposed of in a designated privy.

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36 CFR §2.15 – Pets

(e) Pets may be kept by park residents under the following conditions:

  • Possession of certain pets by park residents on the islands and waters of Isle Royale National Park may be permitted with Park Superintendent review and approval. Species of concern include, but are not limited: goldfish, amphibians, turtles, and some bird species.

  • 36 CFR 7.38 (c) closes the park area to the possession of dogs, cats, and other mammals except service dogs. A non-fee permit and a valid health certificate are needed to enter the park with a service dog.


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36 CFR §2.17 – Aircraft and Air Delivery

(a)(1) Areas designated for operating or using aircraft are provided for in 36 CFR §7.38.

(a)(2) Boat docks or piers designated as open for the use of seaplanes. All docks and piers are closed to non-administrative seaplane use except the following, subject to other park rules and regulations:

  • Windigo concession boat dock.

  • Windigo seaplane dock, open for fifteen-minute loading and unloading only from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon. through Sat., open for overnight use at other times, except Wednesday open all day.

  • Tobin Harbor seaplane dock, open for fifteen-minute loading and unloading only from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon. through Sat., open for overnight use at other times, except Wednesday open all day.

  • Mott Island seaplane dock, open from 6:00am to 10:00pm only, two hour maximum stay.

(c)(1) The removal of a downed aircraft, components, or parts thereof are subject to procedures established by the Superintendent through written authorization.

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36 CFR §2.20 – Skating, Skateboards and Similar Devices

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

  • Using roller skates, skate boards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices is prohibited except in the developed area of Mott Island during non-business hours.

36 CFR §2.21 – Smoking

(a) The following portions of the park, or all or portions of buildings, structures, or facilities are closed to smoking as noted:

  • Smoking is prohibited in all government-owned and operated facilities, vessels, and vehicles with the exception of certain marked designated smoking areas on the M.V. Ranger III, the work barge Beaver, the M.V. Angelique and the Tug Shelter Bay.

  • Smoking is prohibited in all concessions dining and associated areas, stores, and shops, and any other area with concession facilities so designated by “No Smoking” signs.


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36 CFR §2.22 – Property

(a)(2) Property may be left unattended for periods longer than 24 hours in the following areas and under the following conditions:

  • Leaving property unattended in excess of 24 hours, without written permission of the Superintendent, is prohibited except at long-term parking areas.

  • Leaving vessels unattended at concession facilities, in excess of 24 hours, without making appropriate arrangements with the concessioner, is prohibited.

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:

Daily Entrance Fee Areas:

  • Daily Entrance Fee: $7.00 per person per day, childredn 15 and under exempt.
  • Isle Royale Season Pass (optional): $60.00: This pass is valid from April 16 through October 31 of the year indicated. The pass covers the Entrance Fee for the person whose signature appears on the pass.


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36 CFR §2.35 – Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances

(a)(3)(i) 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:

  • Within visitor centers, historic structures, and on board the park vessel Ranger III, except for employees authorized to utilize such structures or vessel as quarters.

36 CFR §2.38 – Explosives

(b) Fireworks and firecrackers may be possessed and/or used in the following areas, under the conditions noted:

  • Using or possessing fireworks and firecrackers (including sparklers) is prohibited in all land and water areas of the park.

36 CFR §2.51 – Public Assemblies, Meetings

(e) The Superintendent shall designate on a map, which shall be available in the office of the Superintendent, the locations available for public assemblies:

  • Public assemblies or meetings are permitted only in the areas designated at Rock Harbor, Mott Island, and Windigo.
  • Grounds of historic structures, visitor centers, designated wilderness areas, or any park area during scheduled interpretive programs are closed to public assemblies without permission from the Superintendent.


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36 CFR §2.52 – Sale or Distribution of Printed Matter

(e) The following areas are closed to the distribution of printed matter:

  • Sale or distribution of printed matter is allowed by permit and only in the areas designated at Rock Harbor, Mott Island, and Windigo.

  • Grounds of historic structures, visitor centers, designated wilderness areas, or any park area during scheduled interpretive programs are closed to sale or distribution of printed matter without permission from the Superintendent.

36 CFR §2.62 – Memorialization

(b) The scattering of ashes from cremated human remains.

36 CFR §3.8 – Boating Operations

(b)(3) Operating a vessel in excess of flat wake speed in the following areas is prohibited:

  • In all water areas surrounding any beached boat or canoe within 300 feet.

Determination: See Section IV, note 21


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36 CFR §3.12 – Water Skiing and Towing of Airborne Devices

(a) The towing of persons using water skis, or similar devices, is prohibited within the waters of Isle Royale National Park.

(b) The towing of a person using a parasail, hang-glider or other airborne device is prohibited within the waters of Isle Royale National Park.

36 CFR §4.30 – Bicycles

(a) Park roads and parking areas that are closed to bicycle use are listed in Section 1.5 of this document.

(b) The following additional routes, in developed areas or special use zones, have been designated for bicycle use:

  • Use of bicycles is prohibited on all islands, except tricycles, bicycles, and similar devices in the immediate employee housing area of Windigo and the developed area of Mott Island. Employees and their families (children must be accompanied by an adult) may ride bicycles, tricycles, or similar devices in the developed area of Rock Harbor from April 16th to the Friday before Memorial Day weekend and from the Tuesday after Labor Day to October 31st.


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