Superintendent's Compendium

Superintendent’s Compendium
Of Designations, Closures, Permit Requirements and Other Restrictions Imposed Under Discretionary Authority.
-Approved Tim Hudson, Superintendent, February 21, 2020

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1. Superintendent’s Compendium Described

The Superintendent’s Compendium is the summary of park specific rules implemented under 36 Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR). It serves as public notice, identifies areas closed for public use, provides a list of activities requiring either a special use permit or reservation, and elaborates on public use and resource protection regulations pertaining specifically to the administration of the park. The Superintendent’s Compendium does not repeat regulations found in 36 CFR and other United States Code and CFR Titles, which are enforced without further elaboration at the park level.

The regulations contained in 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, are the basic mechanism used by the National Park Service (NPS) to preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of the park and to protect visitors and property within the park. Parts 1 through 6 are general regulations applicable to all areas of the National Park system, and Part 7 contains special regulations specific to individual parks. Each of these Parts has many sections and subsections articulating specific provisions. Within some of these Part 1-7 sections and subsections, the Superintendent is granted discretionary authority to develop local rules to be responsive to the needs of a specific park resource or activity, park plan, program, and/or special needs of the general public.

As an example, 36 CFR 1.5(a) Closures and Public Use Limits provides the Superintendent certain discretion in allowing or disallowing certain activities. The authority granted by the Section, however, requires the Superintendent to comply with the Administrative Procedures Act (6 USC Section 551), which requires public notice on actions with major impact on visitor use patterns, park resources or those that are highly controversial in nature.

Another example is 36 CFR 1.6 Permits, which allows the Superintendent to require a permit for certain uses and activities in the park. This Section, however, requires that a list of activities needing a permit (and a fee schedule for the various types of permits) be maintained by the park.

A final example is 36 CFR 2.1(c) (1) Preservation of Natural, Cultural and Archeological Resources, which provides the Superintendent the authority to designate certain fruits, nuts, berries or unoccupied seashells which may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption. This activity can occur, however, only if a written determination shows that the allowed activity does not adversely affect park wildlife, the reproductive potential of a plant species, or otherwise adversely affect park resources.

This Compendium should be used in conjunction with Title 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, to more fully understand the regulations governing the use and enjoyment of all the areas of the national Park System.

A copy of Title 36, CFR, can be purchased from the U.S. Government Printing Office at: Superintendent of Documents P.O. Box 371954 Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954

The CFR is also available on the Internet at:


2. Laws and Policies Allowing the Superintendent to Develop This Compendium

The National Park Service (NPS) is granted broad statutory authority under 54 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1 et.seq. (Organic Act of 1916, as amended) to “…regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations…by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purposes of the said parks…which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment for future generations” (54 U.S.C. Section 1). In addition, the NPS Organic Act allows the NPS, through the Secretary of the Interior, to “make and publish such rules and regulations as he may deem necessary or proper for the use and management of the parks, monuments, and reservations under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service” (54 U.S.C. Section 3).

In 1970, Congress amended the NPS Organic Act to clarify its intentions as to the overall mission of the NPS. Through the General Authorities Act of 1970 (54 U.S.C. Sections 1a1-1a8), Congress brought all areas administered by the NPS into one National Park System and directed the NPS to manage all areas under its administration consistent with the Organic Act of 1916.

In 1978, Congress amended the General Authorities Act of 1970 and reasserted System-wide the high standard of protection defined in the original Organic Act by stating “Congress further reaffirms, declares, and directs that the promotion and regulation of the various areas of the National Park System, as defined by Section 1 of this Title, shall be consistent with and founded in the purpose established by Section 1 of this Title, to the common benefit of all people of the United States.”

54 U.S.C. Section 1c defines the National Park System as”…any areas of land and water now or hereafter administered by the Secretary of the Interior through the National Park Service for park, monument, historic, parkway, recreational, or other purposes.”

In addition to the above statutory authority, the Superintendent is guided by established NPS policy as found in the NPS Management Policies (2006). The Superintendent is also guided by more specific policies promulgated by the Director, National Park Service, in the form of Director’s Orders. As stated in the Management Policies, the primary responsibility of the NPS is to protect and preserve our national natural and cultural resources while providing for the enjoyment of these resources by visitor and other users, as long as use does not impair specific park resources or overall visitor experience. The appropriateness of any particular visitor use or recreational experience is resource-based and will vary from park to park; therefore, a use or activity that is appropriate in one park area may not be appropriate in another. The Superintendent is directed to analyze overall park use and determine if any particular use is appropriate. Where conflict arises between use and resource protection, where the Superintendent has a reasonable basis to believe a resource is or would become impaired, than that Superintendent is obliged to place limitations on public use.


3. Consistency of This Compendium with Applicable Federal Law and Requirements

The Superintendent’s Compendium is not considered a significant rule requiring review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. In addition, this Compendium will not have a significant economic effect on a number of small entities nor impose a significant cost on any local, state or tribal government or private organization, and therefore does not fall under the requirements of either the Regulatory Flexibility Act or the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

The actions and requirements described in this Compendium are found to be categorically excluded from further compliance with the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in Department of the Interior (DOI) Guidelines 516 DM 6 and as such, an Environmental Assessment will not be prepared.


4. Development of the Requirements of the Superintendent’s Compendium

As outlined above, the NPS has broad authority and responsibility to determine what types of uses and activities are appropriate in any particular National Park System area. The requirements of the Superintendent’s Compendium are developed through an analysis and determination process. The decision criteria used during this process are:

  • Is there use or activity consistent with the NPS Organic Act and NPS policy?

  • Is the use or activity consistent and compatible with the park’s enabling legislation, management objectives, and corresponding management plans?

  • Will the use or activity damage the park’s protected natural and cultural resources and other protected values?

  • Will the use or activity disturb or be in conflict with wildlife, vegetation, and environmental protection actions and values?

  • Will the use or activity conflict with or be incompatible with traditional park uses and activities?

  • Will the use or activity compromise employee or public safety?


5. Applicability of the Compendium

The rules contained in this Compendium apply to all persons entering, using, visiting or otherwise present on Federally owned lands, including submerged lands, and waters administered by the NPS within the legislative boundaries of the park. This includes all waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, including all navigable waters.


6. Enforcement of Compendium Requirements

NPS Law Enforcement Park Rangers enforce the requirements of the United State Code, 36 CFR, and this Superintendent’s Compendium.


7. Penalties for Not Adhering to the Compendium Requirements

A person who violates any provision of the regulations found in 36 CFR, Parts 1-7, or provisions of this Compendium, is subject to a fine as provided by law (18 U.S.C. 3571) up to $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, or by imprisonment not exceeding six months (18 U.S.C. 3559), or both, and shall be adjudged to pay all court costs associated with any court proceedings.


8. Comments on the Compendium

The Compendium is reviewed annually and revised as necessary. The park welcomes comments about its program and activities at any time.


9. Effective Date of the Superintendent Compendium

The Superintendent’s Compendium is effective on the approval date listed on the first page of this document, and remains in effect until revised for a period up to one year.


10. Additional Information

Some of the terms used in this Compendium may have specific meaning defined in 36 CFR 1.4 Definitions.

A map of the monument and a map of the parcels are attached for use with this Compendium.


11. Availability

Copies of the Compendium are available at 200 Penobscot Ave, Millinocket, ME 04462. It may also be found at



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 54 United States Code, Section 3, the following provisions apply to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service, within the boundaries of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7.

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



(a)(1) The following visiting hours and public use limits are established for all portions of the park and the following closures are established for all or a portion of the park to all public use or to a certain use or activity:

Visiting Hours:

  • All park lands are open to public access 24 hours a day to foot traffic.

  • The Katahdin Loop Road and Messer Pond Roads are open to non-commercial, licensed wheeled vehicular traffic from approximately Memorial Day through Veteran’s Day, weather permitting. Commercial vehicles are not permitted on other roads except for logging trucks on roads listed in the Northern Maine Crossing Rights Agreement (State of Maine Book 9455).

Determination: Park roads are not designed or maintained for year round wheeled motor vehicle use.

Public Use Limits:

  • In accordance with State of Maine and US Coast Guard regulations, Personal Flotation Devices must be worn or carried on vessels located within all bodies of water in the park:

    • Visitors are required to wear or carry a personal floatation device during boating activities

    • If the boat is less than 16 feet long, or is a canoe or kayak of any length, each person on board must have a wearable Type I, II or III PFD.

    • Watercraft 16 feet or longer: If the boat is 16 feet or longer, each person on board must have one wearable PFD (Type I, II, III), plus at least one throwable device (Type IV) onboard.

    • Children 10 years of age and under must wear a Type I, II, or III PFD while on board all watercraft.

    • Canoe motors less than 10 horsepower are allowed on the East Branch of the Penobscot River when launched from the Lunksoos boat launch.

Determination: The intent of this regulation is to provide for visitor safety.

  • A permit is required for overnight parking except at Sandbank Campsite, Lunksoos Boat Launch Campsite and Upper East Branch Campsite.

  • Reservations are required for bunk space in Big Spring Brook Hut and Haskel Hut. Haskel Hut is available November through April. Big Spring Brook Hut is available at all times.

  • Permits are available by contacting or (207) 852-1291. Additional information is available at

Determination: Using permits and reservations allows park management to maintain a positive visitor experience while minimizing user conflict and resource damage.

  • Leaving property unattended for any period of time requires a permit except in overnight huts. See §2.22.

Determination: Leaving unknown property unattended in the park area threatens public safety, the environmental and scenic values of the park, the natural and cultural resources of the park, and the orderly management of the park. Visitors seeking to leave property unattended within the park must obtain a permit from the Superintendent.


  • Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent.

Definition: The term “unmanned aircraft” means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operate or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links.) This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g. model airplanes, quadcopters, drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.

Determination: While park managers understand the benefits of limited use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for research, for administrative use, and to provide for the public’s safety and welfare, public use of UAS and remote controlled model aircraft for recreational purposes is not a compatible use based upon the purpose of the park’s establishment, the protection of scenic values, noise, potential conflicts with wildlife, visitors expectation of privacy, potential conflict among visitor use activities, and intrusion on other visitor’s enjoyment of the park. In cases where UAS use is determined to be less intrusive than alternatives, UAS use will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The application for a Special Use Permit is available at

  • All gated or blocked park administrative roads and fire roads are closed to public motorized vehicular use unless authorized by the Superintendent. Use by logging trucks is permitted without permit for roads listed in the Northern Maine Crossing Rights Agreement (State of Maine Book 9455, #27987).

Determination: These roads are not built nor maintained for visitor use. Limited administrative use consistent with necessary park operations is permitted to reduce park fuel use and to provide maintenance access to park facilities. Some permittees and cooperators require access to remote sites to accomplish the purposes of their permit. Where authorized in the permit, such use of administrative roads is authorized. However, this use is limited to that required to accomplish the purposes of the permit, work agreement or incident response. Public bicycle use on these roads is permitted with caution.

  • Hunting bears over bait or with dogs is prohibited.

Determination: The intent of these designations is to prevent bears and other wildlife from obtaining and becoming conditioned to food and garbage and to minimize and prevent visitor injuries as a result of preventable wildlife encounters thus protecting wildlife and park visitors alike.

  • The open display and/or use of radio telemetry equipment or similar electronic tracking devices are prohibited on Park lands west of the East Branch of the Penobscot River. The use of telemetry devices on dogs will be considered hunting. Telemetry used to facilitate the retrieval of hunting dogs that have entered the park after being legally released outside of the park will not be considered hunting. Retrieval of dogs who inadvertently cross into the monument is allowed at any time and shall be collected and removed as soon as possible. Carrying hunting weapons is allowed by may not be used in conjunction with the retrieval of dogs.

Determination: Radio telemetry and GPS tracking devices are the most efficient method of catching a dog that has entered the park. Radio telemetry can also be used to track wildlife or to facilitate a hunt by tracking dogs in pursuit of wildlife. This restriction is intended to address the specific use of telemetry and GPS tracking devices as a means of hunting, which is expressly prohibited within areas closed to hunting within Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

  • Willfully approaching within 50 yards of bear or 25 yards of deer or moose, or within any distance that disturbs, displaces, or otherwise interferes with the free unimpeded movement of wildlife or creates or contributes to a potentially hazardous condition or situation.

Determination: Engaging in any activity which places a person in close proximity to wild animals places the person at risk for injury or death. Wildlife may interpret this human behavior as threatening or aggressive. Additionally, repeated close approach by humans (to wildlife) may lead to the habituation of the animal. This can put the animal at greater risk of being struck by a vehicle, trapped, relocated or euthanized. This restriction does not apply to inadvertent or casual encounters with wildlife in developed areas where foot traffic is normal and routine, e.g. sidewalks and established walkways, campground roads, etc. or in other areas where there is no reasonable alternative travel route.

  • Traditional Geocaching is prohibited. (See also 36 CFR § 2.22 -- PROPERTY.)

Determination: Due to concerns of unchecked development of traditional geocaches and the resultant development of associated social trails in areas of archeological, scenic, and biological significance, and the concern of geocache placement in unsafe areas, public development of traditional caches is prohibited.

  • Entering all subterranean openings, including caves, mine shafts and crevices is prohibited.

Determination: To protect bat habitat and other natural resources of the park. Bat species known to occur in the park are also susceptible to White Nose Syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of bats in North America since 2006. To ensure that threatened and endangered bats, as well as bats which are listed as candidate species, are not disturbed during hibernation or reproduction, it is necessary to protect their habitat from human intrusion.

Filming (Video)

The following types of filming activities may occur in areas open to the public without a permit and without advance notice to the NPS:

  • Outdoor filming activities involving five persons or less and equipment that will be carried at all times, except for small tripods used to hold cameras.

The organizer of any other type of filming activity must provide written notice to the Superintendent at least 10 days prior to the start of the proposed activity. Based upon the information provided, the Superintendent may require the organizer to apply for and obtain a permit if necessary to:

  • maintain public health and safety;

  • protect environmental or scenic values;

  • protect natural or cultural resources;

  • allow for equitable allocation and use of facilities; or
  • avoid conflict among visitor use activities.

If the Superintendent determines that the terms and conditions of a permit could not mitigate the concerns identified above in an acceptable manner, the Superintendent may deny a filming request without issuing a permit. The Superintendent will provide the basis for denial in writing upon request.

The NPS will consider requests and process permit applications in a timely manner. Processing times will vary depending on the complexity of the proposed activity. If the organizer provides the required 10 day advance notice to the NPS and has not received a written response from the NPS that a permit is required prior to the first day of production, the proposed filming activities may occur without a permit. The following are prohibited:

  1. Engaging in a filming activity without providing advance notice to the Superintendent when required.
  2. Engaging in a filming activity without a permit if the Superintendent has notified the organizer in writing that a permit is required.
  3. Violating a term and condition of a permit issued under this action.

Violating a term or condition of a permit issued under to this action may also result in the suspension and revocation of the permit by the Superintendent.

Determination: Filming events that involve more than five people and hand carried equipment need to be evaluated to determine if the proposed activity may cause issues with public safety, environment or scenic values, damage to natural or cultural resources, conflict with other visitors and equitable use and access to park areas. Commercial Still Photography is still covered under 36 CFR 5.5(b) and requires a permit.


(a)(2) The following areas have been designated for a specific use or activity, under the conditions and/or restrictions as noted:

Mask Policy

Individuals over two years of age not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must wear masks, except when actively eating or drinking in the following locations:

  1. All common areas and shared workspaces in buildings owned, rented or leased by the National Park Service, including, but not limited to, park visitor centers, administrative offices, lodges, gift shops and restaurants.

  2. The following outdoor areas, when others are present, where the superintendent as determines physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained.

  • parking lots and common areas in campgrounds
  • crowded trails, viewpoints, and other areas of interest

Determination: The CDC has issued new detailed considerations for wearing masks for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. In addition to physical distancing and hand washing, masks are a critical step to help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19. When you wear a mask, you protect others as well as yourself.

  • COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from reaching others.
  • Masks can prevent the spread of the disease even when the wearer is not sick. This is because several studies have found that people with COVID-19 who never develop symptoms (asymptomatic) and those who are not yet showing symptoms (pre-symptomatic) can still spread the virus to other people.

CDC prevention measures continue to apply to all travelers on public transit, regardless of vaccination status and masks are required for all individuals over two years of age. Masks remain required on all forms of public transit that operate within parks, including buses, boats/ferries, and in transportation hubs until CDC guidance changes.

Determination: The CDC has issued new detail considerations for wearing masks for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals In addition to physical distancing and hand washing, vaccines and masks are critical steps to help prevent people from getting and spreading COVID-19. When you wear a mask, you protect others as well as yourself.

  • COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from reaching others.
  • Masks can prevent the spread of the disease even when the wearer is not sick. This is because several studies have found that people with COVID-19 who never develop symptoms (asymptomatic) and those who are not yet showing symptoms (pre-symptomatic) can still spread the virus to other people.

Areas Designated for a Specific Use or Activity:

Snowmobile use:

  • Please refer to §2.18 of this document for detailed snowmobile trail designations. The trails are not static and may change each year.

Camping Areas:

  • Please refer to §2.10 of this document for detailed camping area designations.

Boat Launching Sites:

  • Please refer to §3.8 of this document for detailed vessel operation conditions.

All Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s):

  • Must be licensed to be street legal for the State of Maine on state roads to be used on monument roads. ATV’s with stickers from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries are not allowed.

  • Non-street legal ATV’s are only allowed on designated roads in the Hunt Farm Tract as per the State of Maine Conservation Easement (Hunt Farm Tract Conservation Easement, Township 3, Range 7 W.E.L.S., Penobscot County recorded in Book 12418, page 182, 5419)



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

  • §1.5(d) The following activities related to Public Use Limits:

    • Overnight parking except at established campgrounds and campsites

    • Grooming of snowmobile or multi-use over snow trails unless groomed by National Park Service personnel

  • §2.5(a) Specimen collection (Take plant, fish, wildlife, rocks or minerals)

  • §2.12 Audio Disturbances:

  • (a)(2) Operating a chain saw not associated with maintenance or operations

  • (a)(3) Operation of any type of portable motor or engine, or device powered by a portable motor or engine in non-developed areas

  • (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 & 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

  • §2.23(b) The following special recreation activities (per 36 CFR Part 71):

  • Mushing and the use of dog sleds

  • §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, transport explosives, blasting agents

  • (b) Use or possess fireworks

  • §2.50(a) Conduct a sports event, pageant, regatta, public spectator attraction, entertainment, ceremony, and similar events

  • §2.51(a) Public assemblies, meetings, gatherings, demonstrations, parades and other public expressions of views

  • §2.52(c) Sale or distribution of printer matter that is not solely commercial advertising

  • §2.60(b) Livestock use

  • §2.61(a) Residing on federal lands

  • §2.62 Memorialization:

  • (a) Erection of monuments (Requires approval from Regional Director)

  • (b) Scattering ashes from human cremation

  • §3.3 Use of a vessel, except for canoes, kayaks and tubes

  • §4.11(a) Exceeding of established vehicle load, weight and size limits

  • §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, contract or other written agreement with the United States, or must be pursuant to special regulations).

  • §5.5 Still Photography:

  • (a) See Section 1.5 Filming for 2021 guidance.

  • (b) Still photography of vehicles, or other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising.

  • §5.6(c) Use of commercial vehicles on park area roads (The superintendent shall issue a permit to access private lands within or adjacent to the park when access is otherwise not available)

  • §5.7 Construction of buildings, facilities, trails, roads, boat docks, path, structure, etc.

  • §6.9(a) Operation of a solid waste disposal site




(a)(4) Using or possessing wood gathered from within the park area is prohibited, except that dead wood on the ground may be collected for use as fuel for campfires within the park in the following areas:

  • Within 500’ of an established campsite.

Under, §2.1(a) collecting natural materials from the park is generally prohibited. However, pursuant to §2.1(c), the following fruits, nuts, berries or unoccupied seashells may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption, in accordance with the noted size, quantity, collection sites and/or possession and consumption restrictions:

One dry gallon per person, per day, of edible fruits, berries, and nuts may be gathered for personal use or consumption.

One quart per person per day of total combined volume of all other edible fungi may also be collected. Inedible fungi may not be collected for medicinal, artistic, or other uses. (An inedible fungus is defined as one that is not consumed in its entirety by humans. These are typically woody shelf fungi.)

Note: A “dry gallon” refers to a gallon of uncrushed fruits or berries.

  • Collecting small quantities of edible berries, nuts, and fruits specified herein causes no adverse impact on park resources and increases the visitor experience. This activity does not adversely affect the wildlife or other resources or the reproductive potential of the species.


36 CFR §2.3 – FISHING

Note: Maine residents 16 years and older and non-residents 12 years and older require a State of Maine fishing license to fish in the park. Fishing regulations in the park are in accordance with the State of Maine Open Water and Ice Fishing Regulations guide.

(a) The following State fishing laws and/or regulations, as noted, do not apply in the listed areas:

  • All park waters- Possession or use of live or dead minnows or other baitfish, amphibian, nonpreserved fish eggs or roe is prohibited.



(a)(2)(i) Weapons, traps, or nets may only be carried, possessed or used at the following designated times and locations:

  • Individuals are authorized to possess firearms in NPS areas in accordance with applicable state and federal law. With the exception of public use cabins, huts or lean-tos possession of firearms is prohibited in Federally owned or leased buildings. The laws regarding discharge of firearms remain unchanged.

  • Traps and trapping are prohibited except in the Hunt Farm Tract

  • In accordance with state fishing regulations, persons licensed or otherwise entitled to fish may take suckers by hand spear, bow and arrow or by snagging from April 1st through June 30th. Arrows must have a barbed or pronged point and must be attached to the bow with a line.



(a) Taking plants, fish, wildlife, rocks or minerals is prohibited except in accordance with other regulations of Chapter I of 36 CFR or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a specimen collection permit.



(a) Camping is allowed in the following designated sites or areas and is subject to the following established conditions:

  • No person may camp in the park for more than a total of 14 consecutive days or more than 30 days in a calendar year.

  • Upper East Branch Campsite

  • Stair Falls West Campsite

  • Haskel Deadwater Campsite

  • Pond Pitch West Campsite

  • Grand Pitch Lean-to

  • Big Springs Brook West Campsite

  • Lunksoos Lean-to • Wassataquoik Lean-to

  • Wassataquoik Campsite

  • Esker Campsite

  • Sandbank Stream Campsite

  • Big Seboeis Campsite

  • Lunksoos Boat Launch Campsite

  • Katahdin Brook Lean-to

  • Esker Campsite

(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 prohibited, except in the following areas and under the following conditions:

  • At pre-established campsites, huts or lean-tos

(d) Conditions for the storage of food are in effect as designated below:

  • Food items, scraps, cooking utensils, and garbage must be stored or disposed of in such a manner as to be inaccessible to wildlife

  • When in the backcountry-suspended in the air at least 10 feet above the ground and 4 feet horizontally from the post, tree or other object.

  • In Sandbank, Lunksoos and Upper East Branch campsites all human and pet food must be stored in a hard-sided food locker or enclosed vehicle when not in use.



Certain areas have been closed to picnicking and are listed in section 1.5(a)(1) “Closures.”

Conditions for Picnicking:

  • Carry in- Carry out

  • Contained charcoal and wood fires are allowed only in campsites and in designated picnic areas within park-provided receptacles or in private grills.



(a)(2) Operating a power saw in developed areas is prohibited, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.

(a)(3) Operating any type of portable motor or engine, or device powered by a portable motor or engine in non-developed areas is prohibited, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.

(a)(4) Operating a public address system is prohibited, except in connection with a public gathering or special event for which a permit has been issued pursuant to §2.50 or §2.51.


36 CFR 2.13 – FIRES

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

Designated Areas:

  • Upper East Branch Campsite

  • Stair Falls West Campsite

  • Haskel Deadwater Campsite

  • Pond Pitch West Campsite

  • Grand Pitch Lean-to

  • Big Spring Brook West Campsite

  • Lunksoos Lean-to

  • Wassataquoik Lean-to

  • Wassataquoik Campsite

  • Esker Campsite

  • Sandbank Stream Campsite

  • Big Seboeis Campsite

  • Lunksoos Boat Launch Campsite

  • Katahdin Brook Lean-to

  • Esker Campsite

Receptacles Allowed:

  • Park-provided stone or metal fire rings

  • Self-contained portable stoves or grills are permitted throughout the park except within public buildings.

Established Conditions for Fires:

(c) During periods of high fire danger, the following areas of the park are closed to the lighting or maintaining of a fire.

  • During state-imposed burn bans and other periods of high fire danger designated by the superintendent, the superintendent may temporarily ban fires, and/or stove use in the park to protect park resources and reduce the risk of wildfires. Fire bans will be posted on the park web site at



(a)(8) In developed areas, the disposal of human body waste is prohibited, except at the following designated locations or fixtures provided for that purpose:

  • At public restrooms, privies or outhouses

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

  • When the ground is not frozen, human feces must be either packed out or deposited in a “cathole” dug 6-8 inches deep in soil at least 100 feet from any water source, shoreline, campsite or trail. When the ground is frozen, human feces must be packed out.


36 CFR §2.15 – PETS

(a)(1) Possessing pets (except service animals) in public buildings, public transportation vehicles, swimming beaches, and the following structures and/or areas is prohibited:

  • Including all huts and lean-tos

(a)(5) Pet excrement must be disposed of in accordance with the following conditions:

  • Pet owners are responsible for removing pet excrement from park lands. When the ground is not frozen, pet excrement must be either packed out or deposited in a “cathole” dug 6-8 inches deep in soil at least 100 feet from any water source, shoreline, campsite or trail. When the ground is frozen, pet excrement must be packed out.

(b) The use of dogs in support of hunting must be in accordance with Federal and State laws and the following conditions:

  • Dogs may be used for bird hunting. When not actively used for hunting (small game), all dogs must be on a lead no longer than 6’.



(a) The use of animals other than those designated as “pack animals” for purposes of transporting equipment is prohibited. The following animals are designated as pack animals for purposes of transporting equipment:

  • Horses,

  • Burros,

  • Mules,

  • Llamas,

  • Alpacas

(b) The use of horses or pack animals is prohibited outside of the following trails, routes or areas designated for their use:

  • All gravel roads and trails west of the East Branch of the Penobscot River except for the Swift Brook Road east of the Stacyville Road

(g) Other conditions concerning the use of horses or pack animals:

  • Off trail/cross-country travel is prohibited.

  • Establishing new trails and short cutting trails/switchbacks is prohibited.

  • Stock parties must travel in single file whenever possible.

  • Grazing is prohibited.

  • Any significant amount of dropped feed should be removed.

  • The use of temporary corrals in campsites is prohibited. Temporary electric fences are allowed no closer than 500 feet from a campsite. The fences will be self-supporting and not utilize trees or other vegetation for a fence.

  • When picketed, stock must be tied so they cannot chew on tree bark or eat the leaves of woody vegetation.



(a)(3) Delivering or retrieving a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means is prohibited, except in emergencies involving public safety or serious property loss or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.

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



The establishment of the monument is subject to valid existing rights, including the November 29, 2007, "Access Agreement" between EPI (Elliotsville Plantation, Inc.- the previous land owner) and the State of Maine, Department of Conservation that provides for certain public snowmobile use on specified parcels east of the East Branch of the Penobscot River and the Swift Brook and Stacyville Roads on the Deasey Pond Tract west of the East Branch of the Penobscot River. The intent of this agreement is to continue to allow snowmobile routes within KAWW, east of the East Branch Penobscot River, to remain available for use in the Interconnected Trail System (ITS). Each year, routes are designated for the ITS by a specific public/private process established by the state. It is the position of park management to maintain this connectivity of the trail system and public snowmobile use. The routes through the monument shall be on areas that were previously disturbed. Maps are available online from the Maine Snowmobile Association at or the Katahdin Chamber of Commerce. Printed maps may be obtained at local businesses or through the Maine Snowmobile Association.

Designation by Superintendent (Compendium - Annually as the routes change each year)


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:

  • National Park Service office or storage buildings

  • Areas within 25’ of buildings or Government quarters

  • Government-owned or leased motor vehicles

  • Fuel and flammable storage areas

  • The use of e-cigarettes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) is subject to the same restrictions as tobacco smoking.


36 CFR §2.22 – PROPERTY

(a)(2) Leaving property unattended for longer than 24 hours is prohibited, except in the following locations or under the following conditions:

  • When staying at Lunksoos Camp, Big Spring Brook Hut, Haskel Hut



Soliciting or demanding gifts, money, goods or services is prohibited except pursuant to the terms and conditions or a permit that has been issued under §2.50, §2.51, or §2.52.



(a) Using, possessing, storing, or transporting explosives, blasting agents or explosive materials is prohibited, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.



(a) Sports events, pageants, regattas, public spectator attractions, entertainments, ceremonies, and similar events are allowed, provided there is a meaningful association between the park area and the events, and the observance contributes to visitor understanding of the significance of the park area, and a permit therefor has been issued by the superintendent.

  • A Special Use Permit from the Superintendent is required.



(b) Demonstrations of more than 25 people are allowed within park areas designated as available under paragraph (c)(2) when the superintendent has issued a permit for the activity.

(c)(2) The following locations are designated as available for demonstrations:

  • Sandbank Stream Camp Site

  • Barnard Mountain Parking Area



(b) The sale or distribution of printed matter by more than 25 persons is allowed within park areas designated as available under §2.51(c)(2) (see above) when the superintendent has issued a permit.

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Last updated: September 29, 2021

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