36 CFR §3.7 – PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE (PFD) REQUIREMENTS
(b) In accordance with the State of Maine and U.S. Coast Guard requirements, PFDs must be worn or carried on vessels located within all bodies of water in the monument:
Determination: PFDs are known to save lives and enhance the safety of visitors.
36 CFR §3.8 – BOATING OPERATIONS
(a) (2) Launching a power-driven vessel is prohibited, except at the Lunksoos boat launch.
36 CFR §4.10 – TRAVEL ON PARK ROADS AND ROUTES
(a) Park roads, open for travel by motor vehicle are those indicated below, and/or as indicated on the monument's website road map. See Appendix B for a map of roadways.
Determination: Vehicle access is limited to suitable roads to improve the visitor experience and increase the level of safety on the monument.
36 CFR §4.11 – LOAD, WEIGHT, AND SIZE LIMITS
(a) The following load, weight, and size limits are established for the routes/roads indicated:
Determination: Vehicle length restrictions are based on a lack of area to turn around vehicles in excess of 40’ in length. Vehicle height restrictions are intended to avoid damage to vegetation along roadways.
36 CFR §4.21 – SPEED LIMITS
(b) The following speed limits for all vehicles are established for the routes/roads indicated:
Determination/Justification: The posted speed limits on Katahdin Loop Road and all other monument roads are reduced to the posted speeds due to narrow road widths, unpaved road surfaces, uneven road surfaces, and multiple turnoff/view areas along the Katahdin Loop Road. Higher speed limits have been determined to be unsafe.
36 CFR §4.30 – BICYCLES
(a) Bicycles and electric bicycles (e-bikes) are allowed on public roads and in parking areas that are open to motor vehicle use by the public.
Note: On August 27, 2021, the Superintendent identified monument roads and parking areas and administrative roads as open to electric bicycles using the discretionary authority given to the Superintendent under 36 CFR § 4.30 (i). Allowing electric bicycles on public roads and in parking areas will create new opportunities for recreation and access within the monument. It will not create any adverse impacts to monument visitors, resources, or values due to the existing use of these locations by motor vehicles and bicycles. This action is covered by the categorical exclusion 3.2E in the NPS NEPA Handbook. Allowing Class 1 electric bicycles on administrative roads will create new opportunities for recreation and access within the monument and provide additional benefits. The NPS expects no major impacts on monument visitors, resources, or values. This action is covered by categorical exclusion 3.3.D.3 in the NPS NEPA Handbook.
36 CFR §5.6 – COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
(b) & (c) Using commercial vehicles on government roads within the monument when such use is in no way connected with the operation of the monument, is generally prohibited, and requires permission or a permit from the Superintendent with the following exceptions:
Determination: While commercial vehicles are normally not permitted on NPS lands, some deeds contain right of ways and timber management vehicles are permitted in accordance with the Northern Maine Grant of Crossing Rights, as noted.
Appendix A: First Amendment Areas
Appendix B: Recreation Map
Last updated: January 4, 2023