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National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Olympic National Park
600 East Park Avenue
Port Angeles, Washington 98362

2021 COMPENDIUM: TITLE 36 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS 1.7 (b)


DESIGNATIONS, CLOSURES, PERMIT REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED UNDER DISCRETIONARY AUTHORITY OF THE SUPERINTENDENT: TITLE 36 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, CHAPTER I.

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 100751, the following provisions apply to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service, within the boundaries of Olympic 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, 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.

Approved:

/s/ Mike Gauthier, Acting Superintendent

Date: June 23, 2021
[Signed copy on file with Chief Ranger]

36 CFR §1.4 – DEFINITIONS


In addition to the definitions outlined in 36 CFR §1.4, the following definitions serve to clarify the Superintendent’s use of discretionary authority.
  • The following are designated as Nature Trails:
    • Quinault area – July Creek Trail, Maple Glade Trail and Homestead Trail
    • Kalaloch/Queets area - Kalaloch Nature Trail and Sams River Loop Trail
    • Hoh area - Mini Trail, Hall of Mosses Trail and Spruce Trail
    • Mora area - James Pond Trail and Quillayute River Slough Trails
    • Lake Crescent/Sol Duc area - Fairholme Nature Trail, Marymere Falls Trail, Ancient Groves Nature Trail, Moments-in-Time Trail and Salmon Cascades Trail
    • Hurricane area - Big Meadows Trail, Cirque Rim Trail, High Ridge Trail and Rainshadow Trail
    • Staircase/Dosewallips area - Dosewallips Terrace Trail, Shady Lane Trail, Staircase Rapids Loop/Four Stream Trail on the west side of the North Fork Skokomish River Trail
  • The following are designated as Special Trails:
    • Kalaloch/Queets area - Kalaloch Beach Trails
    • Mora area - Second Beach Trail, Third Beach Trail and All Persons Accessible Trail at Rialto Beach
    • Ozette area – Sand Point Trail and Cape Alava Trail
    • Lake Crescent/Sol Duc area - Spruce Railroad Trail, Lake Crescent Lodge Bovee’s Meadow Trail and Sol Duc Falls Trail
    • Elwha area - Madison Falls Trail. Olympic Hot Springs Trail from the gate at the trailhead to the Boulder Creek Bridge
    • Hurricane area - Hurricane Hill Trail
  • Olympic Hot Springs area is defined as:
That area beginning at the confluence of Crystal Creek and extending up Boulder Creek, including the areas 100 yards north and ¼ mile south of Boulder Creek shoreline, to ¼ mile west of the Olympic Hot Springs foot bridge.
  • Backcountry (Wilderness) is defined as:
Any Park lands more than 1/4 mile from any developed area and any lands designated as Wilderness which lie less than 1/4 mile from a developed area.
  • Developed Area (Frontcountry) is defined as:
Roads, parking area, picnic area, campgrounds or other structures, facilities or lands located within development and historic zones.
  • Electronic Bikes (e-bikes) are defined as:
The term “e-bike” means a two- or three-wheeled cycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p). E-bikes are allowed in Olympic National Park where traditional bicycles are allowed. E-bikes are prohibited where traditional bicycles are prohibited. Except where use of motor vehicles by the public is allowed, using the electric motor to move an e-bike without pedaling is prohibited. A person operating an e-bike is subject to the following sections of 36 CFR part 4 that apply to the use of traditional bicycles: sections 4.12, 4.13, 4.20, 4.21, 4.22, 4.23, and 4.30(h)(2)-(5). Except as specified in this Compendium, the use of an e-bike within Olympic National Park is governed by State law, which is adopted and made a part of this Compendium. Any violation of State law adopted by this paragraph is prohibited.
  • E-Cigarette / Personal Vaporizer defined as:
A device containing a liquid or other legal substance that is vaporized and inhaled, typically used to simulate the experience of smoking tobacco.
  • Ozette Loop is defined as:
The coastal area from ½ mile north of the Ozette River to the headland south of Yellow Banks.
  • Pack Animals are defined as:
horses, burros, mules, or llamas for the purpose of transporting equipment.
  • Service Animals are defined as:
Any dog, or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Service animals are not subject to the parks pet policies and, when accompanying an individual with a disability, they are allowed wherever visitors are allowed.
  • Traction Devices are defined as:
Chain link or cable chains, autosocks, studded tires, traction tires or other manufacturer- approved traction devices based upon WSDOT restrictions (WAC 204-24).
  • Unmanned Aircraft (UAV, UAS, Drone, etc.) are defined as:
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.
  • Weapon is defined as:
A firearm, compressed gas or spring-powered pistol or rifle, bow and arrow, crossbow, blowgun, speargun, hand-thrown spear, slingshot, irritant gas device, explosive device, or any other implement designed to discharge missiles, and includes a weapon, the possession of which is prohibited under the laws of the State in which the park area or portion thereof is located.

36 CFR §1.5 – VISITING HOURS, PUBLIC USE LIMITS, CLOSURES, AND AREA DESIGNATIONS FOR SPECIFIC USES OR ACTIVITIES

(a)(1) The following visiting hours, public use limits, and closures are established:

Visiting Hours:
  • Parking at the Port Angeles Visitor Center is not allowed ½ hour after sunset.
The Superintendent has determined this closure to be necessary for public safety and the preservation of park property and resources due to a history of after hour illegal activity.
Public Use Limits – Pursuant to §1.5(d) to implement a public use limit, the Superintendent may establish a permit, registration, or reservations system:
  • The following areas are subject to overnight camping limits during the period January 1 through December 31. Self-registration is not authorized in these areas:
    • Flapjack Lakes/Gladys Divide
    • Lake Constance
    • Royal Creek Trail (from park boundary to Upper Royal Basin)
    • Grand Valley Area (from Obstruction Point Trailhead to Grand Pass including the Badger Valley Primitive Trail, Grand Lake, Moose Lake, Gladys Lake, Grand Pass and Cross-Country Grand Valley & Lake Lillian)
    • Deer Park to Obstruction Point (Roaring Winds Campsite)
    • Seven Lakes Basin & High Divide Loop area including the Sol Duc River Trail, High Divide Trail, Cat Basin Primitive Trail, Seven Lakes Basin, Deer Lake Trail, Mink Lake Trail, Little Divide Trail and Swimming Bear Lake (AKA Cat Lake)
    • Ozette Loop Area (from Yellow Banks north to Father & Son)
    • Hoh Lake Trail (junction of Hoh River Trail to junction of High Divide Trail)
    • Upper Lena Lake
    • Hoh River Trail from Martin Creek Camp to Glacier Meadows
These areas receive a great deal of use and permits are required to reduce visitor conflicts and impacts to the natural resources. The Organic Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Wilderness Act require the NPS to actively protect the natural and cultural resources and associated aesthetic values of these areas.

  • Landing of motorized watercraft on ocean shorelines in Olympic National Park from the north bank of the Hoh River to the boundary with the Makah Indian Reservation (including the coastal strip islands and reefs), is prohibited except in emergencies or for administrative purposes as approved by the park.
These areas are primarily wilderness, and motorized vessels adversely impact the resource and visitor experience.
  • Willfully remaining or approaching, photographing, filming or video recording within 50 yards of bears, elk, mountain goats or cougars, or of any other wildlife or nesting birds, or within any distance which disturbs or displaces wildlife or nesting birds is prohibited.
These rules are necessary to protect people from wildlife and to keep wildlife from becoming habituated to human presence.

  • Failing to remove one’s self to the prescribed distances (50 yards) during inadvertent or casual encounters with wildlife is prohibited.
These rules are necessary to protect people from wildlife and to keep wildlife from becoming habituated to human presence.
Closures:
  • Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park service within the boundaries of Olympic National Park is prohibited, except as approved in writing by the superintendent. 36 CFR § 1.5(a)(1); 36 CFR § 1.5(f)
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.

  • Park Facilities: The following areas and facilities are closed to public use:
    • Park administrative, maintenance, operations, storage, and employee housing facilities, including, but not limited to, access roads, outbuildings, grounds, and docks. This closure shall not apply to residents, guests of residents, or persons engaged in legitimate Government activities or permitted business activities.
  • Except for facilities designated for visitor use, all buildings are closed and secured to unauthorized entry. This shall not apply to persons in non-public areas who have been granted specific permission by the National Park Service (NPS) or another authorized Federal agency, licensed concessionaires or their representatives, or those who are under escort of park employees acting within the scope of employment.
To provide security for government facilities for which visitors have no need to access, these limits will address vandalism and theft issues.
  • Overnight use of the following backcountry structures is prohibited except in emergencies:
    • The Trapper Shelter, 12 Mile Shelter, Low Divide Shelter and Enchanted Valley Chalet in the Quinault.
    • The Happy Four Shelter, Olympus Guard Shelter, Elk Lake, and Glacier Meadows Shelters in the Hoh.
    • Michael's Cabin, Humes Cabin, and Remanns Cabin in the Elwha.
    • The Spotters Cabin on Pyramid Peak at Lake Crescent.
    • Sol Duc Falls shelter in the Sol Duc.
    • Toleak Shelter at Toleak Point.
Based on the Backcountry Management Plan, these structures are managed with the intention that they would be used in emergency situations only.
  • From Thanksgiving weekend (weekend immediately following Thanksgiving Holiday) to the last weekend in March, Hurricane Ridge Road, from the Heart O’ The Hills gate to the Hurricane Ridge parking lot to include Obstruction Point, is closed to motorized vehicles and public use Tuesday through Thursday and non-Holiday Mondays.
This closure is necessary because the cost of opening the road for weekday access is an inequitable allocation of resources for the number of visitors it benefits. A two-year pilot study was conducted over the winters of 2010-11 and 2011-12 during which the road was open for the mid-weekdays as well as for the weekend. The results of the study did not support continuing mid-week access, as visitation was small, and the cost was excessive to keep the road open. Because the road is not plowed consistently during this time, it is not safe for visitors to drive on the road due to snow and ice buildup. Travel above the tunnels during the winter season is closed to skiers, hikers, and bicyclists when plowing and road clearing operations are underway.
This closure is necessary because the cost of keeping the road open during the winter is an inequitable allocation of resources for the number of visitors it benefits. Because the road is not plowed consistently during this time, it is not safe for visitors to drive on the road due to snow and ice buildup. Dates are determined by season ending and season opening weather events.

  • Underwater diving in the area known as Meldrim Point (also known as Ambulance Point, see map in Appendix A) at Lake Crescent is allowed by permit only. This area begins at the eastern edge of the prominent point of land adjacent to the highway pullout at mile post 222.7, continues 600 feet eastward along the shoreline, and extends out 200 feet from shore. Diving in this area is prohibited, except as authorized by permit from the Superintendent.
The area is closed to protect human remains.
  • The area of the East Beach swimming area from the shoreline to the roped buoyed section for swimming is closed to SCUBA diving and snorkeling from May 1 – September 30.
The Superintendent has determined this restriction is necessary for resource protection and public safety due to the increased public use during this time frame, as well as increased recreational traffic based upon shallow water access for the public.
  • Park wilderness, including trails, is closed to the possession or use of any machine, conveyance, device, or vehicle activated and propelled by a motor, engine, or other non- living power source for the preservation of wilderness character. This includes, but is not limited to, cars, trucks, all-terrain vehicles (ATV), motorcycles, aircraft, snow machines, motorboats, chainsaws, weed whackers, power drills, power saws, generators, compressors, windmills or turbines, and snow or leaf blowers.
The Wilderness Act of 1964 prohibits these uses in designated wilderness. Allowing such use would place the park in violation of the Wilderness Act.

  • Park wilderness, including trails, is closed to the possession or use of any contrivance for moving people or material in or over land, water, snow or air that has moving parts, that provides a mechanical advantage to the user, and is powered by a living or non-living power source, for the preservation of wilderness character. This includes, but is not limited to, non-motorized wheeled vehicles, conveyances and devices, such as bicycles, Segways™ and other Electric Personal Assistance Mobility Devices (EPAMD), carts, game carriers, canoe dollies, wheelbarrows, wagons, ski kites, hang gliders and paragliders. Wheelchairs as defined in Title V Section 507(c) of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be used by persons with disabilities.
The Wilderness Act of 1964 prohibits these uses in designated wilderness. Allowing such use would place the park in violation of the Wilderness Act.
  • The Dosewallips Road is closed to motor vehicles (including ATV’s and motorcycles) from the park boundary to the Dosewallips Ranger Station.
The Dosewallips Road is closed by a road washout outside the park boundary which makes vehicle travel unsafe and inappropriate on this road.
(a)(2) The following areas are designated for a specific use or activity and/or the following conditions or restrictions are imposed on a specific use or activity:

Areas Designated for a Specific Use or Activity:
Elwha Closure (see map in Appendix B)
  • Bypass trail from the washout along the roadway
  • Pets are allowed on leash on this bypass trail
  • Bicycles, including e-bikes, are allowed on this bypass trail but rider must dismount and walk the bike on the trail.
Hurricane Ridge Winter Use Area (see map in Appendix C)
  • All lands within the boundaries of Olympic National Park along the Hurricane Parkway, and within one mile of the Hurricane Ridge Road, the Hurricane Ridge parking area, Obstruction Point Road and the road and trail leading from the Hurricane Ridge Lodge to Hurricane Hill are designated as the Hurricane Ridge Winter Use Area, from Thanksgiving weekend to April 1.
  • Camping within the Hurricane Ridge Winter Use Area is prohibited within ½ mile of any trailhead.
  • Sledding, inner-tubing, and similar winter sports are prohibited in the Hurricane Ridge Winter Use Area except in signed, designated areas. Only solid plastic or inflatable plastic sliding devices may be used, in order to prevent injury.
  • Jumps may only be constructed from snow and may not be constructed in the approved, delineated areas of the Hurricane Ridge Ski Area.
  • Unless otherwise posted during the winter use season, all vehicles in the Hurricane Ridge Winter Use Area must be below the gate at Heart O' the Hills by 1700 hours (5:00 PM).
  • Due to public safety concerns, the Hurricane Ridge Road may be closed at the Heart O’ the Hills entrance based on environmental conditions at any time.
  • All vehicles must carry approved traction control devices, when traveling above the Heart O' the Hills entrance station, from November 1 through April 1. Law Enforcement Rangers may prohibit any vehicle from driving above the Heart O’ the Hills entrance station, when it is determined that the vehicle may experience difficulty in safely traveling the area.
  • When the determination has been made that traction devices are required, all vehicles must have approved traction devices on a set of drive tires.
  • Snowmobile use is allowed in the Hurricane Ridge Winter Use Area as designated in the permit issued to the operators of the Hurricane Ridge Ski Area (see §2.18) and for Rescue use. Only operators as designated in the permit may use snowmobiles within the Hurricane Ridge Winter Use Area.
The above conditions and restrictions provide for the safe use of the Hurricane Ridge Winter Use Area in seasons or times of winter weather.

Conditions and Restrictions on Specific Uses or Activities:
  • The use of compression or “jake brakes” is prohibited.
Noise exhibited by this type of braking system is inconsistent with park values and visitor use objectives. The noise levels of these trucks consistently exceed a noise level of 60 decibels measured on the A-weight scale at fifty feet.
  • Rinsing vessels, to include bilges, of saltwater residue in freshwater lakes and rivers is prohibited.
Introduction of salt and other contaminants is detrimental to freshwater ecosystems.
  • Swimming farther than 50 yards from any portion of Lake Crescent and Lake Ozette shoreline is prohibited, except in the company of a vessel within 10 yards of the swimmer.
This determination is for the safety of swimmers to be seen by other vessels.
  • The use of a pedal-assist e-bike is prohibited in Olympic National Park, except on park roads and the following paved or hardened trails located primarily in frontcountry areas where traditional bicycles are allowed:
    • Spruce Railroad Trail.
      • Class 3 e-bikes are prohibited from operating on the Spruce Railroad Trail.
    • The Deer Park Road, Obstruction Point Road, and Hurricane Hill Road, when closed to motorized vehicular traffic and when plowing operations are not underway.
    • The Dosewallips Road from the Boundary to the Dosewallips Ranger Station.
This determination is for the safety and continuity of allowable use of bicycles, including e-bikes, on already established trails and roads within the park.
Filming Activities

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

  • Outdoor filming activities outside of areas managed as wilderness 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 activity takes place in areas managed as wilderness or 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 this action may also result in the suspension and revocation of the permit by the Superintendent.


On January 22, 2021, the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Price v. Barr determining the permit and fee requirements applying to commercial filming under 54 USC 100905, 43 CFR Part 5, and 36 CFR Part 5.5 are unconstitutional. In response to the decision, the National Park Service issued interim guidance on February 22, 2021, to manage filming activities. Under the interim guidance, filming activities may require a permit if they would impact park resources or the visitor experience. The National Park Service intends to update regulations addressing filming activities that are consistent with the outcome of Price v. Barr. Once effective, those regulations will replace and supersede the interim guidance.

Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing

Restrictions and Public Use Limits: Under the authority provided to the Superintendent in 36 CFR 1.5(a)(2) the following activities are restricted in Olympic National Park, effective immediately, until further notice:

All individuals over the age of two who are not yet fully vaccinated 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 has determined that physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained:

    • Parking lots and common areas in campgrounds

    • Parking lots, exhibits and common areas adjacent to visitor centers and ranger stations

    • Trails, when passing other users and unable to stay at least six feet apart

    • The Hurricane Ridge Winter Use Area

Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.
Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals must comply with all orders regarding masks issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC prevention measures continue to apply to all travelers on public transit, regardless of vaccination status. Masks remain required on all forms of public transit that operate within parks, including busses, trains, and boats/ferries, and in transportation hubs.

Park staff should not ask visitors whether or not they have been vaccinated. Absent evidence to the contrary, park staff should operate as though non-masked visitors are fully vaccinated.

Authority: 36 CFR 1.5(a)(2)

Notice: This administrative order applies to all individuals subject to the regulatory authority of the National Park Service (NPS) within the boundaries of Olympic National Park, including park visitors, government employees, concession employees, park residents and stakeholders.

Finding: The NPS issues this administrative order for the purposes of maintaining public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. This order is consistent with Executive Order 13991, Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing.

These directives require the NPS to take the actions identified, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to require compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines with respect to wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and other public health measures by: on-duty or on-site Federal employees; on-site Federal contractors; and all persons in Federal buildings or on Federal lands.

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.

  • Masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with other people who live in your household.

  • It is especially important to wear a mask indoors with people you do not live with and when you are unable to stay at least 6 feet apart because COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another.

This order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. The effectiveness of this order will be assessed on an ongoing basis, and the order will be modified or rescinded when conditions warrant.

36 CFR §1.6 – ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE A PERMIT

Activities requiring a permit are listed above under Public Use Limits and throughout this document under the specific 36 CFR Section that authorizes or requires the issuance of a permit. A compiled list of activities requiring a permit is provided here for reference.
  • §1.5(a)(1) Diving in Lake Crescent in the vicinity of Meldrim Point [see §1.5(a)(1), above]
  • §2.4(d) Carry or possess a weapon, trap, or net (excluding firearms carried in accordance with Washington State Law)
  • §2.5(a) Specimen collection (Take plant, fish, wildlife, rocks, or minerals)
  • §2.10(a) Backcountry camping (Olympic National Park Wilderness Camping Permit/Backcountry Use Permit)
  • §2.12 Audio Disturbances:
    • §2.12 (a)(2) Operating a chainsaw in developed areas
    • §2.12 (a)(3) Operation of any type of portable motor or engine, or device powered by a portable motor or engine in non-developed areas
    • §2.12 (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(a)(3) Aircraft and air delivery:
    • §2.17 (a)(3) Delivery/retrieval of a person/object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means
    • §2.17 (c)(1) Removal of downed aircraft
  • §2.18, §7.28(f) Snowmobiles [see §2.18, below, and §1.5(a)(2), above]
  • §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:
    • §2.38 (a) Use, possess, store, transport explosives, blasting agents
  • §2.38 (b) Use or possess fireworks
  • §2.50(a) Conduct a sports event, pageant, regatta, public spectator attraction, entertainment, ceremony, and similar events
  • §2.51(c)(2) Public assemblies, meetings, gatherings, demonstrations, parades, and other public expressions of views for groups of more than 25 people [see §2.51(c)(2), below]
  • §2.52(b) Sale or distribution of printed matter that is not solely commercial advertising [see §2.52(b), below]
  • §2.60(b) Livestock use and agriculture
  • §2.61(a) Residing on federal lands
  • §2.62 Memorialization:
    • §2.62 (a) Erection of monuments (Requires approval from Regional Director)
    • §2.62 (b) Scattering ashes from human cremation
  • §3.3 Vessel permits
  • §3.12(b) Using a vessel to tow a person using a parasail, hang glider or other airborne device
  • §3.14(a) Removal of a sunken, grounded, or disabled vessel
  • §3.19 Use of submersibles
  • §4.11(a) Exceeding of established vehicle load, weight, and size limits
  • §5.1 Display, posting or distribution of advertisements
  • §5.2(b) Sale of intoxicants on private lands (Requires approval from Regional Director)
  • §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 Commercial Photography/Filming:
    • §5.5 (b) Still photography of vehicles or other articles of commerce or models for the purpose of commercial advertisement
  • §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 Constructing or attempting to construct a building, or other structure, boat dock, road, trail, path, or other way, telephone line, telegraph line, power line, or any other private or public utility, upon across, over, through, or under any park areas
  • §5.10 Operation of an establishment offering food, drink, or lodging for sale on privately owned lands
  • §6.4, 6.5, 6.8, 6.9; §7.28(e) Operation of a solid waste disposal site
  • Any other permits required by state, county, or other federal agencies (inquire at the Superintendent’s Office)

As provided for in 36 CFR §1.6, the Superintendent has determined that rare occasions may arise where the issuance of a permit may be consistent with applicable legislation, Federal regulations and administrative policies, and based upon a determination that public health and safety, environmental or scenic values, natural or cultural resources, scientific research, implementation of management responsibilities, proper allocation and use of facilities, or the avoidance of conflict among visitor use activities will not be adversely impacted.

36 CFR §2.1 – PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES

(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:
  • In frontcountry areas, dead and down wood, no larger than four inches in diameter, may be gathered within ¼ mile of campgrounds, except where fires are prohibited or in areas with a designated firewood concession
  • In backcountry areas under 3500’ and not in prohibited locations (see 36 CFR 2.13 designated areas)
  • Driftwood, 12” in diameter or less, may be collected from the beach for firewood at South Beach and Kalaloch Campgrounds. It must be used in those campgrounds and not removed from the park.
The Superintendent has determined that collection of firewood in these areas possess a significant safety and resource risk. Wood provided by a concession’s operation provides less resource impact to the natural environment while maintaining a safe environment from removing live or standing trees.
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:
  • Edible fruits, berries, nuts, and the fruiting bodies of mushrooms may be collected by hand for personal consumption, except within 200 feet of nature trails, special trails, and natural study areas. The total quantity of edible fruits, berries, mushrooms, or nuts that may be possessed is limited to 1 quart per person per day. For cranberries and native black berries, the collection limit is 3 ½ gallons, can be collected once in a two-week period.
Exotic species (apples, pears, and non-native blackberries) are exempt from the daily possession limits.
  • The collection of unoccupied seashells on the ocean beaches is limited to a handful per person per park visit.
The Superintendent has determined limited consumption of these resources does not adversely affect the reproduction of either the plants or the wildlife food source. If future monitoring indicates that such gathering or consumption is likely to cause adverse effects to park resources, then the authorization of this consumptive use will be terminated. Use of these items for any purpose other than personal consumption is specifically prohibited.

36 CFR §2.2 – WILDLIFE PROTECTION

(d) The following conditions and procedures for transporting lawfully taken wildlife through the park area are in place:
  • Wildlife taken lawfully outside of Olympic National Park may be transported through the Park, in a vehicle or covered in an open bed pickup, on the following Park roads only; stopping while enroute is prohibited, except for emergencies.
    • Heart O' the Hills Parkway to the intersection with the Little River Road
    • U.S. 101 at Lake Crescent
    • Camp David Junior Road at Lake Crescent
    • East Beach Road at Lake Crescent
    • Lyre River Road at Lake Crescent
    • Boundary Creek Road at Lake Crescent
    • USFS Road No. 2918 at Sol Duc
    • LaPush Road at Mora
    • K-1000 Road at Kalaloch
    • RY-1430 Road at Ruby Beach
    • RY-1324 at Kalaloch
    • Hoko Road at Ozette
    • North Shore Road at Quinault to include Viewpoint Lane, Lakeview Drive, Hemlock Way, Shari Lane.
    • Four Stream Road at Staircase
    • Clark Spur Road at Quinault
    • South Shore Road at Quinault
    • Hunters accessing adjacent lands and boundaries outside the Park via Park land may not transport legally taken wildlife back through the Park, except as noted above.
The Superintendent has determined the above routes allow hunters to reasonably travel across park lands to exit or access areas where wildlife may be lawfully taken or possessed.
(e) The following areas are closed to the viewing of wildlife with the use of an artificial light:
  • Use of an artificial light for purposes of viewing wildlife is prohibited in all areas of Olympic National Park.
  • Spotlights, thermograph instruments, electronic instruments, chemical tagging, or any means that is intended to artificially enhance one’s ability to view, detect, or monitor wildlife in low- light conditions is prohibited.
The Superintendent has determined that these measures are necessary to protect wildlife from disruption or stress that would negatively impact their well-being.

36 CFR §2.3 – FISHING

(a) Fishing shall be in accordance with the laws and regulations of the State within whose exterior boundaries the park area or portion thereof is located, except in the following designated areas:
  • In addition to the laws, rules and regulations found in the U.S. Criminal Code and Code of Federal Regulations, Olympic National Park publishes fishing regulations each year. The rules and regulations found in the “Olympic National Park Fish and Shellfish Regulations” are hereby adopted as part of this Compendium, and all persons inside the park are subject to abiding by the published fishing rules and regulations. Up to date regulations are posted on the Olympic National Park website (https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/fishing.htm) and can generally be found at any Olympic National Park ranger station or visitor center.

  • All waters within Olympic National Park are closed to the removal of any species of fish, shellfish, aquatic plants, or wildlife, except as provided in the Olympic National Park Fishing Regulations.
  • All waters open to fishing, as described in the Fishing Regulations, are only open from one hour before official sunrise to one hour after official sunset.
The Superintendent has determined the above regulations help to achieve the three primary objectives of the Olympic National Park fisheries management program: 1) Manage aquatic resources as an important part of the park ecosystem; 2) Preserve and restore native fishes and their habitats; and 3) Provide recreational fishing opportunities for the enjoyment of park visitors, consistent with the first two objectives.

36 CFR §2.10 – CAMPING AND FOOD STORAGE

(a) Camping is allowed in the following designated sites or areas and is subject to the following established conditions:
  • When approved by a permit issued in accordance with 36 CFR §2.10(a). See §2.23(b) for additional information regarding frontcountry camping fees. See below for additional information regarding wilderness camping permits.
  • The following limitations apply to frontcountry camping in the park: No more than 7 consecutive days at Hoh, Kalaloch and Mora Campgrounds. No more than 14 consecutive days at any other park campground. No more than 21 days total parkwide in a calendar year.
  • Camping is prohibited in areas being restored or re-vegetated when posted.
  • Holding or reserving a campsite for another party is prohibited. Sites may not be paid for by persons who do not intend to occupy the site immediately. Sites for which required fees are not paid will be considered unoccupied and available for use. Sites may not be unattended for more than 24 hours.
  • No more than 8 persons per developed site are allowed, except at the Kalaloch Group Campsite and the Sol Duc Group Campsite.
  • Campground parking limits are as follows:
    • Graves Creek and North Fork Campgrounds: Two vehicles per site
    • Kalaloch: Two vehicles per campsite. Vehicles must be parked within designated parking areas
    • Hoh Campground: Two vehicles per campsite, which must be parked on pavement
    • Mora: Two vehicles or one recreational vehicle with towed car or one vehicle with trailer or two motorcycles per campsite. The vehicles must be parked on the paved or graveled campsite pad
    • Ozette: Two vehicles per campsite
    • Fairholme: Two vehicles per campsite. Park vehicles with all wheels on the paved or gravel site pad
    • Heart O’ the Hills and Sol Duc: Two vehicles per campsite which must be parked fully on the asphalt parking space
    • Staircase: Two vehicles and one trailer per campsite
  • Camping is prohibited on the Elwha Project Lands
  • Camping is prohibited within one mile of any trailhead, except as noted above.
  • Camping is prohibited in the following backcountry areas:
    • Rialto Beach south of Ellen Creek
    • Entire length of the Second Beach Trail
    • Within 1/4 mile of Scout Lake
    • Between Glacier Meadows camp area and Cal Tech Rocks (between Glacier Meadows and the end of the trail at the lateral moraine and on the lower Blue Glacier below the ice fall) (Cal Tech rocks are open to camping)
    • Within 1/4 mile of Lake Mary and Lake Margaret
  • Except in designated campsites, camping is prohibited within 1/4 mile of the following: Hoh Lake, Elk Lake in the Hoh district, Glacier Meadows, Lake Crescent, Olympic Hot Springs, Grand Lake, Moose Lake, Gladys Lake, Lake Constance, Upper Lena Lake, Flapjack Lakes/Gladys Divide, Royal Lake, CB Flats, and the area between Hoh Lake to Bogachiel Peak.
  • Except in designated campsites, camping is prohibited in the following areas:
    • The Queets corridor downstream from the trailhead to the park boundary and all areas on the coastal strip south of the Hoh Indian Reservation
    • Royal Basin
  • Camping aboard a vessel on park waters is prohibited.
  • Wilderness Camping Permits/Backcountry Use Permits:
    • Olympic National Park Wilderness Camping Permits (referred to occasionally as Backcountry Use Permits) are required for all overnight trips into the Olympic National Park backcountry (see definition of backcountry in §1.4, above). The fee for each permit is $8 per person, per night, plus $6 per permit.
    • See §1.5(a)(1) for areas subject to overnight camping limits.
    • Wilderness permits shall be surrendered for inspection upon request to any identified employee, official volunteer, or NPS Intern, such as a member of the Student Conservation Association of the National Park Service.
    • Only one wilderness permit may be issued to a "permit holder" representing themselves, a party, or group. The permit must be in the possession of the permit holder at all times while in the backcountry. Multiple permits for one permit holder for the same time period are not allowed.
    • Groups camping in the park backcountry are limited to a maximum of 12 persons per group. Affiliated groups whose combined total number of people is greater than 12 must camp and travel at least one mile apart.
    • In the following backcountry areas, groups of 7 to 12 people must camp in sites designated as "Group Camps"; all areas enclosed by the Deer Lake Trail, High Divide Trail and Sol Duc River Trails; Hoh Lake Trail, Grand Lake, Moose Lake, Gladys Lake, Royal Basin, Upper Lena Lake, Lake Constance and Flapjack Lakes/Gladys Divide; the forested area of Sand Point.
  • See 36 CFR §2.16 for additional regulations regarding camping with and the use of horses and pack animals within the park.
(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:
  • Camping within 100 feet of a flowing stream, river or body of water is permitted only in established frontcountry and backcountry sites, on river bars in backcountry areas, and those sections of beach and adjacent areas open to backcountry camping.
(d) Conditions for the storage of food are in effect as designated below:
  • All of Olympic National Park is designated as a secure food storage area. In addition to other provisions of §2.10(d), any scented or odorous items must also be similarly stored. Suspended food must be a minimum of 12 feet from the ground and 10 feet horizontally from any fixed object. If this is not possible, use of animal resistant food containers (“bear canisters”) is required.
  • Park approved animal resistant food containers, capable of preventing access by wildlife are required in the following areas: The general Royal Basin area from the Lower Meadow (.75 miles below Royal Lake) to Royal Basin, to and including Upper Royal Basin and Deception Basin; Sol Duc River drainage/Seven Lakes Basin High Divide Loop area to include all camps adjacent to and enclosed by the Deer Lake Trail, High Divide Trail, Lunch Lake Trail, Sol Duc River Trail, Mink Lake Trail, East High Divide Trail, Cat Basin Way Trail, Swimming Bear Lake (AKA Cat Lake), Enchanted Valley and the wilderness coast (Hoh River to north boundary at Shi-Shi). All food, garbage and scented items must be properly stored in an approved bear canister at all times.
The Superintendent has determined that these measures are necessary to prevent wildlife from gaining access to human food, which is unhealthy for wildlife and creates safety issues for visitors. Food-conditioned animals lose their fear of humans and may approach them, sometimes aggressively, for further food rewards.

36 CFR 2.13 – FIRES

(a)(1) The lighting or maintaining of fires is prohibited, except in the following areas and/or receptacles, and under the conditions noted:Designated Areas:
  • Fires may be kindled in provided grates and grills in developed frontcountry campgrounds and picnic areas only. On the ocean beaches, fires may not be kindled closer than 10 feet to the nearest beach logs. Fires may not exceed 3 feet in diameter.
  • Where a designated "campfire site" is provided, no other fire is permitted within 1/4 mile.
  • Open fires are prohibited on the Elwha Project Lands.
  • Open fires are prohibited in the following backcountry areas:
    • Parkwide above 3500’ elevation.
    • The South Ozette Loop quota area (the headland at Wedding Rocks south to the Headland at the north end of Yellow Banks).
    • Olympic Hot Springs area including Boulder Creek camp area.
    • All the area from 1/4 mile north of Elk Lake (Martin Creek) to, and including, Glacier Meadows and above, to include the lateral moraine/Blue Glacier.
    • The entire length of the Skyline Trail and the Big Creek Trail from one mile below Three Lakes.
  • In the following areas, fires are permitted in the provided fire rings only:
    • Low Divide from Marmot Meadow north to Low Divide Summit.
    • Park boundary at Rialto Beach north to Ellen Creek.
Established Conditions for Fires:
  • A written burn permit, acquired from the Fire Management Office, is required to conduct any natural vegetation debris burning of piles larger than 4’ X 4’ X 3’, within the boundaries of Olympic National Park, regardless of land ownership, between May 1 and October 30.
  • Between November 1 and April 30, any park employee or private landowner must contact the Fire Management Office and speak with Fire Personnel that they will be burning a pile, if larger than 4’ X 4’ X 3’, at least 3 days prior to burning.
  • Private landowners located within the boundaries of Olympic National Park may conduct debris burns that are 4' X 4' X 3' or less within a fire pit, as well as conduct recreation burns (campfires, burn pits or outdoor fireplaces) in established fire rings/fireplaces at any time and do not require a permit, unless a specific fire ban restricts or stops all outdoor burning. A person must remain on site until the fire is fully extinguished and retains no heat.
  • During episodes of high fire danger, or other periods that the park has placed a burn ban into effect, all outdoor burning, campfires, use of woodstoves and fireplaces, as well as smoking outdoors, may be restricted or stopped as necessary to provide for fire safety. Land clearing burns (i.e., clearing of forested areas to construct a new building) require a permit from the Fire Management Office and the Superintendent’s Office.
  • Only natural vegetation may be burned in a burn pile.
  • The following types of materials may not be burned:
    • Rubber products, plastics, asphalt, garbage, dead animals, petroleum products, painted lumber, plywood, paints, or similar materials that emit dense smoke or create offensive odors when burned.
(a)(2) The following restrictions are in effect for the use of stoves or lanterns:
  • The use of stoves, which consume natural fuels, such as wood or twigs, are not permitted within areas where open fires are prohibited.
(c) During periods of high fire danger, the following areas of the park are closed to the lighting or maintaining of a fire.
  • Areas closed to fire will be identified in a burn ban issued by the Superintendent’s office and may vary from closure to closure. During episodes of high fire danger, or other periods that the state or park has placed a burn ban in effect, all outdoor burning, use of woodstoves and fireplaces, and smoking may be restricted or stopped.
The Superintendent has determined that these use prohibitions and restrictions are necessary for public safety and resource protection in front and backcountry areas of the park.

36 CFR §2.14 – SANITATION AND REFUSE

(b) Conditions for the disposal, containerization, or carryout of human body waste have been established as follows:
  • In non-developed areas, solid human waste must be disposed of in provided toilets (privy) and nowhere else within 1/4 mile of such toilets (privy).
  • In areas beyond 1/4 mile of a privy, solid human waste must be buried 6” to 8” (inches) in the soil and at least 200 feet from campsites, bodies of water, and in areas not frequented by the public, and not visible from trails or developed areas.
  • When traveling over extensive snow fields or in the winter when organic soil is not exposed, solid human body waste must be buried 200 yards out of any campsite or off of any established travel route to a depth of two feet, except for the climbing routes on the Blue Glacier where human fecal waste must be packed out.
The Superintendent has determined that these measures to manage human waste are necessary to maintain sanitary conditions, prevent transmission of disease, and avoid proliferation of unsightly human waste in the backcountry that detracts from the visitor experience.

36 CFR §2.15 – PETS

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

  • Dogs (except certified ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990] service animals), cats and other pets are prohibited in park non-developed areas (greater than 100 feet from established paved roadways) including trails or beaches, except in those locations identified below, they must be leashed at all times by a 6 foot or less leash:
    • Rialto Beach from the parking lot 1/2 mile north to Ellen Creek and all beach access from the Hoh Indian Reservation south to the Quinault Indian Reservation
    • The July Creek Loop Trail
    • The Elwha Project Lands and the Peabody Creek Trail
    • The Elwha bypass trail around the road washout (see map Appendix B).
    • The Olympic Discovery Trail as it passes through the Lake Crescent District of the park, which is also known as the Spruce Railroad Trail.
    • The Madison Falls Trail
Service Animals are not subject to a park’s pet policies, and when accompanying an individual with a disability, they are allowed where visitors are allowed. A service animal means any dog or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.
(a)(5) Pet excrement must be disposed of in accordance with the following conditions:
  • Pet excrement must be immediately collected and disposed of in the nearest trash receptacle.
The Superintendent has determined that these use prohibitions and restrictions are necessary to prevent pets from causing stress or harm to park wildlife, and to prevent the unsightly accumulation of pet excrement that detracts from the visitor experience.

36 CFR §2.16 – HORSES AND PACK ANIMALS

(a) The use of animals, other than those designated as “pack animals” for purposes of transporting equipment, is prohibited.
(b) The use of pack animals is prohibited outside of the following trails, routes, or areas designated for their use:
  • Pack animals are permitted along the following road routes:
    • Hood Canal area: Dosewallips Road from the park boundary to the Dosewallips camp area.
    • Quinault area: The Graves Creek and North Fork Roads.
    • Kalaloch area: The Queets Road from the Park boundary east to the Queets River Trail.
    • Elwha area: The Upper Elwha River Road from the Park boundary south to its junction with the Whiskey Bend Road. The Whiskey Bend Road from its junction with the upper Elwha River road south to the Whiskey Bend Trailhead. The junction of Whiskey Bend Road to Altair Picnic Area and Happy Lake Trailhead to Appleton Pass Trailhead via Olympic Hot Springs Road.
    • Lake Crescent area: Camp David Jr. Road from Pyramid Mountain Trailhead to Spruce Railroad Trailhead. Boundary Creek Road from Lyre River area to the Park boundary and Waterline Road from the Lyre River area to the Park boundary.
  • Horses and pack animals are permitted anywhere in the park, except the following trails:
    • Parkwide: All trails designated as Nature Trails.
    • Quinault area: Wynoochee Trail, Sundown Lake Trail, Graves Creek Trail, Big Creek Trail, Elip Creek Trail, O'Neil Pass Trail, Skyline Trail, and Martins Park Trail.
    • Kalaloch area: All beaches and beach access trails south of the Hoh Indian Reservation.
    • Hoh area: The section of the Hoh Trail above Martin's Creek stock camp.
    • Mora and Ozette areas: All beaches and beach access trails north of the Hoh River, including the boardwalk trails between the Ozette Ranger Station and the coastline.
    • Lake Crescent and Sol Duc areas: Barnes Creek Trail, Sol Duc Campground Trail, Eagle Lakes Trail, Aurora Creek Trail, Lunch Lake Trail, Pyramid Peak Trail and Mt. Storm King Trail.
    • Elwha and Hurricane Area: Hurricane Hill Trail, Madison Falls Trail, Griff Creek Trail, Cascade Rock Trail, .4 Mile Lake Mills Trail, West Lake Mills Trail, Elwha Campground Loop Trail, and Olympic Hot Springs Trail from the Boulder Creek Bridge to the Hot Springs, Royal Basin Trail.
    • Hood Canal area: Wagonwheel Lake Trail, Upper Lena Lake Trail, Putvin Primitive Trail, Lake Constance Primitive Trail, Flapjack Lakes Trail, Six Ridge Primitive Trail, Mt. Anderson Moraine Primitive Trail, Black and White Primitive Trail, Staircase Rapids Loop/Four Stream Trail on the west side of the North Fork Skokomish River, and the South Fork Skokomish Trail.
(g) Other conditions concerning the use of horses or pack animals:
  • Camping with stock is limited to the designated stock camps in the following areas:
    • Hood Canal areas; North Fork Skokomish River - Camp Pleasant, Nine Stream; Duckabush River – Ten Mile, Upper Duckabush; Dosewallips River - Diamond Meadows, Bear Camp, Big Timber, Deception Creek
    • Hoh area: Hoh River Drainage, excluding the South Fork Hoh - 5-Mile Island, Lewis Meadow, Martin Creek
    • Sol Duc area: Sol Duc drainage south of the Eagle Ranger Station - Horse Head, Cat Basin, Deer Lake (llamas only)
  • Camping with pack animals outside designated stock camps is prohibited on trails above 3500’.
  • Backcountry user groups are limited to a maximum of eight stock animals per user group.
  • Stock animals are not permitted to travel off maintained trails above 3500’, except between the stock fences at Low Divide.
  • The use of loose hay, grain or any other type of stock food containing viable seeds is prohibited.
  • Pack animal users are required to carry certified weed free supplemental food on all overnight trips.
  • Leaving pack animals unattended for more than 24 hours is prohibited.
  • Grazing is permitted within ¼ mile of stock camps. When grazing stock, animals are restrained through the use of hobbles, highlines, or picket stakes. Animals must be moved every 12 hours or sooner, if requested to do so by an NPS Employee.
  • Tying of stock to single trees for more than one hour or tying to trees smaller than eight inches in diameter is prohibited.
  • Destruction of stock in the backcountry:
    • Olympic Dispatch Center (360)565-3115 must be notified, as soon as possible, of stock incidents to include stock fatalities.
    • Must not involve any chemical that will cause secondary poisoning to any other wildlife.
    • Dead stock must be moved at least 300 feet from trails and campsites, within 72 hours of stock fatality.
The Superintendent has determined these restrictions provide for the protection of park resources (trees, vegetation communities, water quality), the protection of horses and pack animals, and to reduce conflicts between stock users, wildlife, and hikers.

36 CFR §2.18 – SNOWMOBILES

(c) The use of snowmobiles is prohibited, except on routes designated in 36 CFR Part 7.28.
  • In accordance with 36 CFR §7.28, the Superintendent may designate additional areas or routes for the use of snowmobiles. These individual areas or routes may be designated with the appropriate signs or marking on a map as established in 36 CFR §7.28(f). At this time, the Superintendent has designated the following additional areas:
    • The Hurricane Ridge Winter Use Area, as designated in the permit issued to Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club. Only operators as designated in the permit may use snowmobiles within the Hurricane Ridge Winter Use Area (see map in Appendix C).
The Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club is a permittee of the NPS and employs snowmobiles to facilitate ski area operations, perform emergency response, and maintain road for cross country skiing at request of NPS.

36 CFR §2.21 – SMOKING

(a) The following portions of the park, buildings, structures and/or facilities are closed to smoking as noted:
  • Smoking is prohibited in all concession’s public areas and any other area within concession facilities so designated by "No Smoking" signs.
The Superintendent has determined these restrictions are necessary to reduce any possible conflict between users and the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and to protect park resources. This includes electronic nicotine delivery systems pursuant to DO-50D and Policy Memo 15-03.
  • Per Federal regulations, smoking is prohibited in all government buildings. This does not include non-shared government quarters.
The Superintendent has determined this serves to clarify the status of government quarters in regard to Federal smoking regulations in government buildings.

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:
  • Motor vehicles may be parked unattended at trailheads and boat launch facilities when the vehicle operator is using the Park backcountry.
This determination provides for the extended park backcountry use by vehicle operators.

36 CFR §2.23 – RECREATION FEES

(b) Recreation fees and/or permits, in accordance with 36 CFR part 71, are established for the following areas and/or for the use of the following specialized sites, facilities, equipment or services, or for participation in the following group activity, recreation events or specialized recreation uses:
Entrance Fee Areas:

All areas of Olympic National Park are subject to the following entrance fees:

  • Private Vehicle: $30 valid for 7 consecutive days. This fee admits one private, non- commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants.
  • Motorcycle: $25 valid for 7 consecutive days. This fee admits one individual on a private, non-commercial motorcycle.
  • Per Person: $15 valid for 7 consecutive days. This fee admits one individual without a vehicle which includes hikers, bicyclists, or pedestrians. Youth 15 and under are admitted free of charge.
  • Commercial Tours: A commercial tour is defined as persons traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure recreational purposes by an organization that realizes financial gain through the provisions of the service. Commercial tour fees in Olympic National Park are as follows:
    • Motorcoach with 26 or more seats = $200
    • Minibus with 16 to 25 seats = $100
    • Van with 7 to 15 seats = $75
  • Non-commercial groups: Organized groups such as Scouts, Rotary, Youth Groups, Churches, Clubs and Reunions etc. are charged as follows:
    • $30 per vehicle: Non-commercial vehicles with 15 or less capacity.
    • $15 per person: Non-commercial vehicles with 16 or greater capacity.
    • Youth 15 and under are admitted free of charge.
  • As a part of the National Park System, Olympic National Park participates in and honors the America the Beautiful Interagency Pass Program.

Daily Site Use Fee Areas:

  • Campground Fees: The nightly fee for camping in one of Olympics established campgrounds ranges from $15 - $43, depending on location and season. The following is a listing of the various campgrounds and associated fees:
    • Group Sites:
      • Sol Duc: $43 a night though fee may vary by date.
      • Kalaloch: $48 a night up to 10 people, $2 per additional person.
    • General Sites:
      • Staircase Campground: $24 per night
      • South Beach Campground: $20 per night
      • Sol Duc Campground: $21+ tax if walk-in; $25+ tax if reserved
      • Queets Campground: $15 per night
      • Ozette Campground: $20 per night
      • North Fork Campground: $15 per night
      • Mora Campground: $24 per night
      • Kalaloch Campground: $24 per night
      • Hoh Campground: $24 per night
      • Heart O' the Hills Campground: $24 per night
      • Graves Creek Campground: $20 per night
      • Fairholme Campground: $24 per night
      • Deer Park Campground: $15 per night
  • RV Dump Station Fee: $10 per use. Dump stations can be found at Fairholme, Kalaloch, Mora and Sol Duc campgrounds.

The National Park Service's Recreation Fee Program supports the NPS mission in a variety of ways including resource stewardship, visitor facility improvements, education, and visitor use management. Fees are used to fund projects that address deferred maintenance needs, provide new visitor programs and services, protect resources, and improve and rehabilitate facilities for visitors. The majority of funds used for national park management come from Congressional appropriations. The rationale for supplementing appropriated funds with visitor fees is that people who use the parks should pay part of the cost incurred by the NPS for their visit, including expenses associated with avoiding and mitigating impacts on resources and responding to increased demand for visitor facilities and services.

36 CFR §2.35 – ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

(a)(3)(i) The following areas and facilities within the park are closed to consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or to the possession of a bottle, can or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or has been opened, or whose seal has been broken, or the contents of which have been partially removed:
  • The parking lot, picnic area, beach, and swim areas of Fairholme boat launch, East Beach extending to the area known as Pirate’s Cove, North Shore Day Use area, and Bovee's Meadow, OR in any concession areas and/or other areas within concession facilities so designated by “NO ALCOHOL AREA” signs.
  • The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited within all ranger stations, visitor centers and government buildings, except residences, unless specifically allowed as part of a special event and with an accompanying Superintendent’s Permit.
The Superintendent has determined that while the focus at these locations is on family recreation, they have become party locations. Aberrant behavior related to the excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages is of such magnitude that diligent and on-going supervision would be required to ensure visitor safety. Therefore, the consumption of alcohol is prohibited.

36 CFR §2.51 – DEMONSTRATIONS

(c)(2) The following locations are designated as available for demonstrations:
  • As designated by the Superintendent, the following locations are available within the park for public assemblies:
    • The front lawn of the Quinault River Ranger Station
    • The middle of the grassy island at the east end of the main parking lot of the Hoh Ranger Station
    • The Mora amphitheater
    • The grass area just west of the main parking area at Ozette
    • Bovee’s Meadow in the Lake Crescent area
    • The grassy area north of the Olympic Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, WA.
    • The gravel pullout at the immediate entrance to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center Parking Lot on the north side of the roadway directly across from the entrance to the Obstruction Point Road.
    • Maps of these locations are located in Appendix F and available from the Superintendent’s Office at:
Olympic National Park600 E Park AvePort Angeles, WA 98362

The Superintendent has determined the above areas to be appropriate designated areas for demonstrations in accordance with the requirements of §2.51(c)(1).

36 CFR §2.52 – SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF PRINTED MATTER

(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.

  • As designated by the Superintendent, the following locations are available within the park for sale or distribution of printed matter:
    • The gravel pullout at the immediate entrance to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center Parking Lot on the north side of the roadway directly across from the entrance to the Obstruction Point Road.
    • The grassy area north of the roadway and east of the sidewalk in front of the Olympic Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, WA.
    • Within 100 feet of the Elwha Ranger Station.
    • The Barnes Point/Storm King parking lot in the Lake Crescent area.
    • The courtyard between the Ozette Ranger Station and the Ozette information kiosk.
    • The Rialto Beach parking lot.
    • The grassy island at the east end of the main parking lot of the Hoh Ranger Station.
    • The Hale turnout area approximately 1½ miles from Highway 101 on the North Shore Road of Lake Quinault.
    • Maps of these locations are available in Appendix G and from the Superintendent’s Office at:
Olympic National Park
600 E Park Ave
Port Angeles, WA 98362

The Superintendent has determined the above areas to be appropriate designated areas for the sale or distribution of printed matter in accordance with the requirements of §2.51(c)(1).

36 CFR §3.8 – BOATING OPERATIONS

(b)(3) Operating a vessel in excess of flat wake speed is prohibited in the following areas:
  • On Lake Ozette within 100 yards of shore near the ranger station and campground, as marked with signed buoys, and within 50 yards of the shoreline.
  • On Lake Crescent, within 100 yards of the shoreline.
  • Within 100 yards from shoreline in undeveloped areas.
  • Within log boom areas.
The Superintendent has determined these limits to be appropriate to prevent injury to users near developed sites and to reduce potential resource and/or property damage.

36 CFR §3.12 – USING A VESSEL TO TOW A PERSON

(a) The towing of a person by a vessel is allowed only in the designated areas and in accordance with the following conditions listed in 36 CFR §1.5 of this document.
  • The towing of persons by vessels is prohibited, except on Lake Crescent and Lake Ozette.
The Superintendent has determined this prohibition is necessary for public safety and resource protection and to protect wildlife and fisheries.

36 CFR §3.16 – SWIMMING AND WADING

Swimming or wading is allowed in waters, subject to closures or restrictions designated in§1.5 of this document.

36 CFR §3.17 – SWIMMING AREAS AND BEACHES

(a) Swimming areas and swimming beaches are designated in §1.5 of this document.

See §1.5(a)(2).

(c) Prohibitions on the use or possession of flotation devices, glass containers, kites, or incompatible activities in swimming areas or swimming beaches are outlined in §1.5 of this document.

  • The possession or use of glass containers of any type is prohibited within designated swimming areas of Lake Ozette and Lake Crescent.
This determination is to provide for the safety of individuals using the designated swimming areas and impact of glass containers to the resources of those beaches and swimming areas.

36 CFR §3.18 – SCUBA AND SNORKELING

(a) Snorkeling and underwater diving is allowed in park waters, subject to the closures or restrictions designated in §1.5 of this document.

36 CFR §4.21 – SPEED LIMITS

(b) The following speed limits are established for the routes/roads indicated:
  • 5 MPH
South Beach CG
No designated roadway in the campground with limited visibility and significant pedestrian traffic.

  • 10 MPH
Staircase Campground
Campground road with limited visibility and significant pedestrian traffic.Fairholme CampgroundCampground road with limited visibility and significant pedestrian traffic.

Sol Duc Campground
Campground road with limited visibility and significant pedestrian traffic.

Hoh Road east bound Visitor Parking Area
There is congestion from vehicles coming from different directions and a lack of visibility approaching parking lot.

Kalaloch Campground
Campground road with limited visibility and significant pedestrian traffic.

Hurricane Ridge Road Parking Lot Area only
Limited visibility, large numbers of visitors walking in parking lot, vehicles backing quickly.
  • 15 MPH
Staircase Road Park boundary to Entrance Station
Narrow, winding road with no center lane markings and no shoulder; stopped traffic and pedestrian traffic from the entrance station, campground, ranger station, and housing area.

Whiskey Bend Road
This is a narrow dirt road with limited sight visibility.

Camp David Jr. Road Hwy 101 to Campground
This is a congested area with a store and campground and boat launching area.

Sol Duc Road Mile 11.5 to Campground loop B
Road is very narrow in a highly congested area due to ranger station and Sol Duc Resort. Pedestrians on road.

  • 20 MPH
Hoko/Ozette Rd Mile 20.7 to Mile 21
Congestion due to residences, campground, and parking.

Hoh Road west bound 300 feet east and west of Entrance Station
Severe congestion, entrance station stop.

  • 25 MPH
Hurricane Ridge Rd Entrance Station area
Entrance Station area with pedestrians and campground entrance.

Olympic Hot Springs Road Boundary to Hot Springs Trailhead
Pullouts and pedestrians along the road and narrow roadway (mostly gravel) with limited sight distance, and wildlife and pedestrians on the road.East Beach RoadNarrow winding road through residential area with no shoulders, and pedestrians and bikes on road.

Camp David Jr. Road Campground to Spruce RR Trailhead - West
Narrow winding road through residential area with no shoulders, and pedestrians and bikes on road.

Sol Duc Road Hwy 101 Junction to Entrance Station
Approach to entrance station, pedestrians on road.

Sol Duc Road Campground Loop B to Sol Duc Trailhead
Narrow road with limited sight distance and pedestrians on road.

Mora Road 200 yds. before ranger Station to 100 yds. from Rialto beach
Congested area with ranger station, and campground. Narrow road to beach.

Hoh Road east bound Mile 5.7 to Visitor Parking Area
The road is in congested area with pedestrian, wildlife, and no sidewalks.

Lower Queets Rd From Mile 0.2 East to End
Road is gravel, narrow, and one lane with no shoulder and pedestrians.

North Shore Road/E Mile 8.1 to North Shore Road -North Fork Road Intersection
Narrow roadway with limited sight distance, and wildlife and pedestrians on the road.

North Shore Road/E Mile 0.3 to 3.1
Narrow roadway with limited sight distance, and wildlife and pedestrians on the road.

North Shore Road/W Mile 3.1 to 1.2
Narrow roadway with limited sight distance, and wildlife and pedestrians on the road.

South Shore Road
Narrow winding roadway with no shoulder, as well as pedestrians and wildlife along road

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North Fork Road
Narrow winding roadway with no shoulder, as well as pedestrians and wildlife along road.

Graves Creek RdNarrow winding roadway with no shoulder, as well as pedestrians and wildlife along road.

Lake View Lane
Residential road with limited sight distance and pedestrians.

Upper Queets Road
Narrow winding roadway with no shoulder, as well as pedestrians and wildlife along road
  • 35 MPH
Hurricane Ridge Rd Mile 3.6 to just north of entrance station
This is a narrow curving road with limited sight distance, view overlook pullouts and significant wildlife along the shoulders. There is significant bike use on the road.

Hurricane Ridge Rd Just south of entrance station to end of road
This is a narrow curving road with limited sight distance, rocks on the road, and significant wildlife along the shoulders. There is significant bike use on the road.

US Highway 101 Miles 221 – 230
The road is narrow with many curves and a significant history of accidents, many of which have resulted in drownings in Lake Crescent.

Sol Duc Road Entrance Station to Mile 11.5
Narrow road with curves and limited sight distances.

Hoko/Ozette Rd Boundary to Mile 19.7
Narrow road with curves and limited sight distances.

Swan Bay Rd Boundary to End of Road
Narrow road ending in parking/lot boat ramp.

Mora Road Boundary to 200 yds. Before Ranger Station
Narrow road with pedestrians and bikes.

Hoh Road east bound Boundary to 300 feet west of Entrance Station
Narrow winding road with limited sight distance.

Hoh Road west bound Visitor Parking Area to Entrance Station
Narrow winding road with limited sight distance.

Hoh Road west bound 300 feet east of Entrance Station to Mile 5.7
Narrow winding road with limited sight distance.

North Shore Road/E Boundary to Mile 0.3
Narrow gravel winding roadway with no shoulder, pedestrians, and wildlife.

North Shore Road/E Mile 3.1 to 8.1
Narrow gravel winding roadway with no shoulder, pedestrians, and wildlife.

North Shore Road/W Mile 1.2 to park boundary
Narrow gravel winding roadway with no shoulder, pedestrians, and wildlife.
  • 55 MPH
US Highway 101 Mile 231 to Boundary
The state of Washington controls this road and has determined this to be a safe speed.

US Highway 101 Mile 158.0 to Boundary
The state of Washington controls this road and has determined this to be a safe speed.

  • 60 MPH
US Highway 101 Sol Duc Road turn-off to Fairholme Campground Junction
The state of Washington controls this road and has determined this to be a safe speed.

US Highway 101 Kalaloch Boundary to Mile 156.7
The state of Washington controls this road and has determined this to be a safe speed.

36 CFR §4.30 – BICYCLES

(a) The use of a bicycle, including e-bikes, is prohibited, except on park roads, in parking areas, and on routes designated for traditional bicycle use. Park roads and parking areas that are closed to bicycle use are listed in §1.5 of this document.
The following additional routes, in developed areas or special use zones, have been designated for bicycle, including e-bike use:
  • The Deer Park Road, Obstruction Point Road, and Hurricane Hill Road when closed to motorized vehicular traffic and plowing operations are not underway.
  • The Dosewallips Road from the Boundary to the Dosewallips Ranger Station.
  • The Elwha bypass trail, bikes must be dismounted and walked to the roadway along the bypass trail.
Historically or seasonally, these areas were/are open to vehicle traffic. Use of these areas by bicycles does not impact the natural, scenic, or aesthetic values of the park.

  • Spruce Railroad Trail
    • Class 3 e-bikes are prohibited from operating on the Spruce Railroad Trail. This determination is to provide for the safety of individuals considering the multiple uses of this trail, and to remain consistent with Washington State law (SB 6434) concerning e-bike travel on multi-use paths. "Class 3 electric-assisted bicycle" means an electric-assisted bicycle in which the motor provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of twenty-eight miles per hour and is equipped with a speedometer.

36 CFR §4.31 – HITCHHIKING

Hitchhiking or soliciting transportation is prohibited, except in the following designated areas and under the following conditions:
  • Visitor Centers and trailhead parking lots throughout the park, only when vehicles may safely pull off the main traffic lane into a parking lot or trailhead for passengers to be received.
  • The Sunrise and Maggie’s pull outs on the Hurricane Ridge Road.
The Superintendent has determined these accommodations to the needs of park users are necessary, given the lack of a public transportation system and distances between locations in the park while also providing for public safety.

Last updated: June 24, 2021

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