Laws & Policies

Superintendents Compendium

The Superintendents Compendium 2017 [pdf] 13 pages; 281KB is a compilation of designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions made by the superintendent in addition to what is contained in the Code of Federal Regulations which lists rules and regulations common to all National Park Service sites.

Below are excerpts from the compendium to answer common policy questions. Policies are listed in alphabetical order. For any unanswered policy question please call our front desk at 503-861-4414.

 



Bicycles Camping Collecting Dogs Firearms Marijuana Special Events Wildlife


1st amendment

Demonstrations of more than 25 people are allowed within park areas designated below as available when the superintendent has issued a permit for the activity.

  • The bus loading area in front of the Visitor center
  • The bus shelter at Netul Landing
  • The sidewalk just off the parking lot at Middle Village

Alcohol

All areas of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park are closed to consumption of alcoholic beverages except those special events designated by the Superintendent.

ATVs

The use of motorized vehicles, to include scooters and ATVs are prohibited on all park trails.

Bicycles

The use of bicycles (including "mountain bikes") are prohibited on all park trails except the portion of the Fort to Sea trail running from the Trailhead on Fort Clatsop Road to the Overlook. Bicycles are prohibited in all areas closed to motorized vehicles unless authorized by permit.

Boat launching

Netul Landing allows non-motorized boat launching only

Camping

Camping is prohibited in all areas of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park unless under conditions of a Park Special Use Permit issued by the Superintendent.

Collecting

1) The following are prohibited- Possessing, injuring, defacing, removing, digging, or disturbing from its natural state, plants or the parts or products thereof

Plants thinned or harvested out of the park ethnobotanical garden by park staff and volunteers as part of the garden management plan may be possessed and transferred to outside groups and individuals in the interest of spreading cultivation of native plants, or for educational purposes demonstrating traditional uses. These plants are part of a planted ethnobotanical garden. Collection or possession of native plants from the natural environment is prohibited except where authorized by following policy.

2) Dead wood on the ground may not be collected for personal or commercial use.

3) The following fruits, berries, fungi or mushrooms may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption, in accordance with the noted size, quantity, collection sites and/or use or consumption restrictions:

  • Small amounts of edible fruits and berries (Oregon grape, salal, salmonberries, thimbleberries, wild blackberries, evergreen and red huckleberries, and blue huckleberries) may be gathered by hand for personal use and on-site consumption. Limit is one pint (16 ounces) per person per day. Gathering for sale or commercial use is prohibited.
  • Collection of fungi, including mushrooms and shelf fungi may be gathered by hand for personal use and on-site consumption. Limit is one pint per person per day. Gathering for sale or commercial use is prohibited.
  • Exotic species (non-native blackberries) are exempt from the daily possession limit.

4)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.

Commercial photography

1) Before any motion picture may be filmed or any television production or sound track may be made by any person other than bona fide newsreel or news television personnel, written permission must first be obtained from the Superintendent.

2) Taking photographs of any vehicle or other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertising without a written permit from the Superintendent is prohibited.

Dogs

1) Pets are prohibited inside all public buildings of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park to include, the Fort replica rooms, the Visitor Center (carpeted areas beyond the restroom foyer) and the Yeon House, except for guide dogs for visually or hearing-impaired persons and dogs who are working as volunteers to the NPS.

2) Pets must be physically restrained at all times such as by use of a leash no more than six (6) feet in length.

3) Leaving a pet unattended and or tied to an object is prohibited.

4) Pet waste must be disposed of by placing the waste in a plastic bag and depositing it in a trash receptacle.

Drones

Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park 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, quad copters, drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.

Fires

Fires are not permitted unless under conditions of a Park Special Use Permit issued by the Superintendent.

Firearms

As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit these websites:

For Oregon State: Oregon State Legislation: Offenses Against Public Order; Firearms and Other Weapons.

For Washington State: Washington State Legislation: Firearms and Dangerous Weapons.

The new federal law has no effect on existing laws and regulations regarding the use of firearms in national parks or hunting. Hunting and other uses of firearms is not allowed in Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

Fishing

State fishing laws and/or regulations apply in all areas of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Marijuana

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park would like to provide clarification regarding the use or possession of marijuana on Federal lands. The Oregon and Washington State law, which allows for limited recreational marijuana use under certain conditions, has no bearing on Federal laws which continue to identify marijuana as a Schedule I illegal drug, and prohibit its use.

Possession of marijuana or use of any amount of marijuana is still prohibited on all Lewis and Clark National Historical Park's sites. Violations are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for an individual or $10,000.00 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both (16 U.S.C. 551, 18 U.S.C. 3559 and 3571).

Sanitation

The use of government refuse receptacles for dumping household, commercial or industrial refuse is not allowed.

Smoking

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

  • All government buildings, including the visitor center
  • Trails during fire season as declared by the Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Fort Replica
  • Netul Landing during fire season as declared by the Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Within 500 feet of any fuel storage dispensing facility
  • Within 500 feet of any black powder storage facility
  • Within the Middle Village unit of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.
  • Within the Yeon unit during fire season as declared by the Oregon Department of Forestry

Special events

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 therefore has been issued by the superintendent.

Swimming

All areas of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park are closed to swimming and bathing.

Wildlife

1) Willfully remaining, approaching, photographing, filming or video recording within 50 yards of bear, elk, cougar, or any other wildlife or nesting birds, or within any distance which disturbs or displaces wildlife or nesting birds is prohibited.

2) The use of artificial light for purposes of viewing wildlife is prohibited in all areas of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.

3) Feeding wildlife is prohibited.

 

Last updated: August 1, 2017

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