Compendium Permit Acitivities

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.


II. 36 CFR §1.6 – Activities That Require a Permit

Unless otherwise indicated for specific permits, all inquiries should be made to:
Isle Royale National Park
800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931

(f) The following is a compilation of those activities for which a permit from the Superintendent is required:

  • §1.5(d) The activities related to Public Use Limits and closures
  • §2.4(d) Carry or possess of certain types weapons, traps, or nets.

Contact Chief Ranger at the above address.

§2.5(a) Research specimen collection (take plant, fish, wildlife, rocks, or minerals).

Contact Chief of Natural Resource Management at the above address.

Camping conditions are identified in Section 2.10 of this compendium

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Activities That Require a Permit

  • §2.12 Audio Disturbances:
    • (a)(2) Operating a chain saw in developed areas.
    • (a)(3) Operation of any type of portable motor or engine, or device powered by a portable motor or engine in non-developed areas (e.g., portable generator).
    • (a)(4) Operation of a public address system in connection with a public gathering or special event for which a permit has been issued pursuant to §2.50 or §2.51.
  • §2.17 Aircraft and Air Delivery:
    • (a)(3) Delivery or retrieval of a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means.
    • (c)(1) Removal of a downed aircraft.
  • §2.37 Soliciting or demanding gifts, money goods, or services (pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit issued under §2.50, §2.51, or §2.52).
  • §2.38 Explosives:
    • (a) Use, possess, store, or transport explosives or blasting agents.
    • (b) Use or possess fireworks.
  • §2.50(a) Special Events: Conduct a sports event, pageant, regatta, public spectator attraction, entertainment, ceremony, and similar events (e.g., weddings).
  • §2.51(a) Public assemblies, meetings, gatherings, demonstrations, parades, and other public expressions of views by groups greater than 25 persons.
  • §2.52(c) Sale or distribution of printed matter by groups greater than 25 persons.
  • §2.61(a) Residing on Federal lands (use and occupancy).

Activities That Require a Permit

  • §2.62 Memorialization:
    • (a) Erection of monuments (requires approval from regional director).
    • (b) Scattering ashes from human cremation.
  • §3.19 Use of manned or unmanned submersibles.
  • §5.1 Advertisements (display, posting, or distribution).
  • §5.2(b) Sale of intoxicants on private lands.
  • §5.3 Engaging in or soliciting any business - requires a permit (SUP), contract, or other written agreement (CUA) with the United States, or must be pursuant to special regulations.

Activities That Require a Permit

  • §5.5 Commercial Photography/Filming.
  • §5.7 Construction of buildings, facilities, trails, roads, boat docks, path, structure, etc.
  • §6.9(a) Operation of a solid waste disposal site.
  • §7.38(b) Underwater diving, with the aid of an underwater breathing apparatus.
  • §7.38(c) Entry of service dogs in compliance with ADA regulations.

Last updated: April 22, 2020

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