The 2019 Compendium details rules and regulations specific to Mount Rainier National Park.
The Code of Federal Regulations lists rules and regulations common to all National Park Service sites.
Highlighted below are certain laws and policies to take note of when visiting the park.
This restriction is to protect the public from hazards and preserve the park's natural, aesthetic, and scenic values. The use of unmanned aircraft devices, such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones, has the potential to interfere with public safety by posing an in-flight hazard to other legal aircraft use in the park. The use of these devices also has the potential to disrupt wildlife by interrupting migration, nesting, mating, and hunting activities to include, but not limited to protected species such as the Northern Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrelets, and Peregrine Falcon, as well as native birds and mammals. This restriction is in accordance with NPS Management Policy 8.2 which prohibits recreational uses that conflict with the scenic, natural, and historic values the park was designated to protect, and the associated activities in which individuals seek solitude and tranquility with an expectation of privacy. 97% of Mount Rainier National Park is designated Wilderness. Launching and landing of UAS's in the park can invite violations to the Wilderness Act, which prohibits the operation of motorized vehicles or mechanized transport.
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 the website for Washington State: Washington State Legislature: Firearms and Dangerous Weapons.
The 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 Mount Rainier National Park. Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
Frequently Asked Questions: Firearms in National Parks, Washington State National Park Units and the article Firearms in National Parks contains additional information.
Fires in the Park
Fishing and Boating
Motorized boating is prohibited. Non-motorized boating is permitted on all lakes except Frozen, Reflection, Ghost, Shadow, and Tipsoo lakes.
Marijuana on Federal Lands
Mount Rainier National Park would like to provide clarification regarding the use of possession of marijuana on Federal lands. The 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 in Mount Rainier National Park, its facilities, concessions, and campgrounds, and in the surrounding National Forest Lands. 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).
Pets and Service Animals
Service animals individually trained to perform certain tasks are allowed on trails and in park facilities only if they are providing a service for a disabled person. Service dogs-in-training are not service animals under ADA.
More about pets in the park.
Black bears and mountain lions are also found in Mount Rainier National Park. Report all bear and mountain lion sightings to a ranger, and know how to safely deal with wildlife encounters.
For additional questions regarding laws & policies, contact the Chief Ranger's Office at 360-569-6612.
Last updated: October 2, 2019