Firearms at St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under 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 the park. The St. Croix NSR is located in two states, each with different firearms laws. Guidance for the two states appears below.
Wisconsin Concealed Firearms
Can a person possess a concealed firearm?
YES. A person who is legally permitted under WI Statute 175.60 to carry a handgun in the State of Wisconsin may legally carry that handgun within the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
Reciprocity With Other States
Does a Wisconsin license allow me to carry concealed in another state?
Maybe. Whether another state will recognize a Wisconsin CCW license is governed by the law of the other state. If the statutes of another state recognize Wisconsin CCW licenses, then a Wisconsin CCW license holder may carry in that state. In addition, DOJ ―may enter into reciprocity agreements with other states as to matters relating to licenses or other authorization to carry concealed weapons.‖ Wis. Stat. § 175.60(18). If such agreements are created, then a Wisconsin CCW licensee holder may carry in that state. Now that the emergency rules are approved, the DOJ will be able to contact other states regarding reciprocity. As this information is developed, it will be updated on the CCW FAQ 10/20/11 - 11 -DOJ website. However, a Wisconsin CCW licensee should always contact the particular state where they wish to carry concealed for information on the laws of that state.
The new Federal regulation DOES NOT change any existing requirements or enforcement relating to weapons and firearms at St. Croix NSR within Wisconsin.
Transportation of a Firearm
Can a person transport a firearm in a vehicle or vessel within the Riverway?
YES. The firearm must be unloaded, enclosed in a carrying case and stored in a location of the vehicle or vessel so it is not immediately accessible.
Are firearms prohibited in Federal buildings ?
YES. Firearms are prohibited in federal buildings, including park headquarters, visitor centers, and maintenance buildings. (18 U.S.C. 930 Firearms Prohibited in Federal Buildings)
Are there legal uses of firearms in the park?
YES. Specific types of firearms are authorized for hunting activities in compliance with federal and state law.
Only authorized firearms may be carried while engaged in legal hunting activities during designated hunting seasons. Various firearm and archery restrictions apply for the type of hunting activity.
Wisconsin Hunting regulations
More information on hunting in the park