NOTE: Each of the following underlined sections include language (in the CFR) that authorizes the superintendent to designate areas or sites for certain activities or uses; set terms and/or conditions for activities or uses; require a permit; set procedures, or a combination thereof. Since the authority to exercise discretion is built-in, a written determination in each case is not required, except when specifically required such as in §2.1(c)(1), (gathering of berries, etc., for personal use).
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.
Collection of any wood anywhere in the park is prohibited.
(a)(5) Walking on, climbing, entering, ascending, descending, or traversing an archeological or cultural resource, monument, or statute is prohibited.
All visitor access within the Theodore Roosevelt Home, the Old Orchard Museum and the Visitor Center are restricted to public walkways, hallways, stairways, landings and observation areas.
(b) Hiking or pedestrian traffic is restricted to the trail(s) or walkway(s) listed in 36 CFR §1.5 of this document.
Pedestrians are not limited to specific routes on the cultural landscape (manicured lawn areas around the Roosevelt home and Old Orchard home). However, hikers must remain on the designated trail and on the Eel Creek Bridge in the Nature Trail area of the site. Hikers must also stay off of the vegetated areas of the beach area..
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:
• The collection of berries, nuts, mushrooms, seashells or other such plants and animals is
• Pine cones, apples and pears may be gathered by hand for personal use or consumption in
amounts not to exceed two gallons, per person, per day.
36 CFR §2.2 - WILDLIFE PROTECTION
(d) The transporting of lawfully taken wildlife through the park is permitted under the following conditions and procedures:
• It is prohibited to transport any lawfully or unlawfully taken wildlife through the Park.
(e) The following areas are closed to the viewing of wildlife with the use of an artificial light:
• Viewing of wildlife with an artificial light is prohibited in all areas of the Park.
36 CFR §2.3 – FISHING
(a) The following State fishing laws and/or regulations, as noted, do not apply in the listed areas:
• New York State fishing laws are not applicable in any area of the Park. All forms of fishing are
(d)(2) Possession or use of live or dead minnows or other bait fish, amphibian, non-preserved fish eggs or roe is permitted in the following fresh water areas:
• The possession of the aforementioned bait is prohibited in all areas of the Park.
(d)(4) In accordance with federal statutory law, commercial fishing is authorized in the following areas, under the conditions noted:
• Commercial fishing is prohibited in all areas of the Park.
(d)(8) Fishing from motor bridges, from within 200 feet of a public raft or float designated for water sports, or within the limits of locations designated as swimming beaches, surfing areas, or public boat docks is prohibited.
(e) Fishing in salt waters with net, spear or weapon shall be in accordance with State law
• All forms of fishing are prohibited.
36 CFR §2.4 – WEAPONS, TRAPS, AND NETS
(a)(2)(i) Weapons, traps, or nets may only be carried, possessed or used at the following designated times and locations:
• Park visitors who may legally possess and carry rifles and shotguns are permitted to carry them
in the park. Park visitors who may legally possess and carry handguns and have the required state issued permit are permitted to carry them in the park. However, these weapons are not allowed in park buildings. Weapons may not be used in the park except by an authorized federal, state, or local law enforcement officer in the performance of their official duties.
36 CFR §2.5 – RESEARCH SPECIMENS
(a) 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 required specimen collection permit.
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:
• Camping in any area of the Park is prohibited except as permitted by the superintendent or
(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.
(b)(7) Connecting to a utility system is prohibited.
(d) The storage of food is prohibited.
36 CFR §2.11 – PICNICKING
• Picnicking is prohibited in all areas other than the designated picnic area behind the Visitor Center.
Conditions for Picnicking:
• It is prohibited to leave picnicking items unattended at any time.
• Visitors must properly dispose of picnicking rubbish (in park trash or recycling
receptacles) once the activity is over.
36 CFR §2.12 – AUDIO DISTURBANCES
(a)(2) Operating a power saw in developed areas is prohibited, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.
(a)(3) Operating any type of portable motor or engine, or device powered by a portable motor or engine in nondeveloped areas is prohibited, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.
(a)(4) Operating a public address system is prohibited, except in connection with a public gathering or special event for which a permit has been issued pursuant to §2.50 or §2.51.
36 CFR 2.13 – FIRES
(a)(1) The lighting or maintaining of fires is generally prohibited, except as provided for in the following designated areas and/or receptacles, and under the conditions noted:
No areas in the Park are designated for lighting or maintaining fires, except as permitted by the superintendent or his/her designee. Residents of the site are allowed contained fires in proximity to a residence under appropriate conditions.
(a)(2) The following restrictions are in effect for the use of stoves or lanterns:
The use of stoves or lanterns is prohibited except as permitted by the superintendent or his/her designee.
(b) Fires must be extinguished according to the following conditions:
Any permitted fire must be drowned with water and cool to the touch.
36 CFR §2.14 – SANITATION and REFUSE
(a)(2) The use of government refuse receptacles or facilities for dumping household, commercial or industrial refuse, brought as such from private or municipal property is allowed under the following conditions:
• No such dumping is allowed.
(a)(5) Bathing or washing food, clothing, dishes, or other property at public water outlets, fixtures, or pools is prohibited.
(a)(7) Disposing of fish remains on land or in waters within the park is prohibited.
(a)(8) In developed areas, the disposal of human body waste is prohibited.
(a)(9) In nondeveloped areas, the disposal of human body waste is prohibited.
(b) Conditions for the disposal, containerization, or carryout of human body waste have been established as follows:
• Public restroom facilities are available during normal business hours at the park visitor center and
the Old Orchard museum. Soiled diapers may be disposed of within park trash receptacles.
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:
• All structures (except park residence as noted in (a)(5)(e) below in this section) are closed to pets. On nature trails, salt marsh and beach, pets must stay on marked trails and must stay out of the water. Service animals providing a service to a person with a disability are permitted in all buildings. Animals used by authorized Federal, State and local law enforcement officers in the performance of their official duties are permitted.
One of the Park’s primary missions is to preserve and protect the park and its museum collections for future generations to enjoy and experience. Pets in historic structures adversely impact the structures, furnishings and museum collections. Likewise, pets in the sensitive marsh and beach habitats have negative impacts on sensitive plants and animals located in these areas both on land and in the waterways.
(a)(3) Leaving a pet unattended and tied to an object is prohibited, except in the following areas and/or under the following conditions:
• Pets must be under the control of its owner at all times.
(a)(5) Pet excrement must be disposed of in accordance with the following conditions:
• Pet excrement must be collected by the pet’s owner and placed in trash receptacles.
(e) Pets may be kept by park residents under the following conditions:
• All Park residents may keep pets in accordance with the Park Housing Management Policy.
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. The following animals are designated as pack animals for purposes of transporting equipment:
• Horses, burros, mules or other hoofed animals used to transport people or equipment.
(b) The use of horses or pack animals is prohibited outside of the following trails, routes or areas designated for their use:
• The use of horses or pack animals is prohibited in the Park, except by authorized Federal, State and local law enforcement officers in the performance of their official duties or for Park-sponsored interpretive programs.
(d) Free-trailing or loose-herding of horses or pack animals on trails is prohibited, except as designated below:
• Free-trailing or loose-herding is prohibited in all areas of the Park.
36 CFR §2.17 – AIRCRAFT and AIR DELIVERY
(a)(1) Operating or using aircraft on lands or waters is prohibited.
(a)(3) Delivering or retrieving a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means is prohibited, except in emergencies involving public safety or serious property loss or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.
(c)(1) The removal of a downed aircraft, components, or parts thereof is subject to procedures established by the Superintendent.
Removal of aircraft or parts thereof will be coordinated with the NTSB and NPS law enforcement and local police.
36 CFR §2.18 – SNOWMOBILES
(c) The use of snowmobiles is prohibited.
36 CFR §2.19 – WINTER ACTIVITIES
(a) Skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, innertubing, tobogganing, and similar winter sports are prohibited on park roads and in parking areas open to motor vehicle traffic.
• Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are permitted in all park areas
• Downhill skiing, ice skating, sledding, inner tubing, and tobogganing are prohibited throughout the park (see §1.5 of this document).
(b) The towing of persons on skis, sled or other similar device by motor vehicle or snowmobile is allowed in the following areas and/or routes:
• The towing of persons on skis, sleds or other sliding devices is prohibited.
36 CFR §2.20 – SKATING, SKATEBOARDS and SIMILAR DEVICES
Using roller skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles, or similar devices is prohibited, except in the following designated areas:
• No areas are designated where roller skates, skateboards, roller skis, coasting vehicles or similar devices may be used except by residents of the site.
36 CFR §2.21 – SMOKING
(a) The following portions of the park, or all or portions of buildings, structures or facilities are closed to smoking as noted:
• Smoking is prohibited inside all structures, on the porch of the Roosevelt Home and within 25’ of the public entrances of all structures. Smoking is also prohibited in the interior of all U.S. government vehicles or vessels owned by the Park.
Smoking is prohibited to ensure a healthy workplace for employees and visitors. Further, smoke and gasses from cigarettes, e-cigarettes and vapor pipes, cigars, pipes and all such devices adversely affect museum exhibits and artifacts and pose an increased risk of fire. Fire safe cigarette urns are provided for visitor and staff use at the Visitor Center Old Orchard Museum and the Roosevelt Home exterior.
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:
Property may not be left unattended anywhere, anytime, other than in vehicles parked in designated parking areas and in complimentary lockers available outside the visitor center. Use of complimentary lockers is during seasonal visitor hours and is for daily use only. Items left in lockers after normal business hours will be removed and disposed of. Unattended property will be treated as suspicious and removed when found. Vehicles left unattended for a period in excess of 24 hours may be towed and impounded at the owner’s expense.
• The superintendent may allow geocaching. A geocache will consist of a small weatherproof container large enough to hold only geocache related items accessible to the related themed activity.
36 CFR §2.23 – RECREATION FEES
(b) Recreation fees, and/or a permit, in accordance with 36 CFR part 71, are established for the following entrance fee 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:
Daily Site Use Fee Areas:
Visitor use of the Theodore Roosevelt Home is limited to a guided tour. Inclusion on a guided tour requires the payment of a $10 fee for all persons 16 years or older; children 15 years and younger are free. Payments of fees are to be made at the Visitor Center or through the recreation.gov website. Individuals presenting certain valid, federally issued passes or “passports” will be granted a fee waiver.
Special Recreation Permit Fee (Such as but not limited to, group activities, recreation events, and the use of motorized recreation vehicles):
Fee free fee waiver days may be implemented for special public events when access to the historic House is limited to first floor tours and are authorized by the site superintendent or his/her designee.
A special Use Permit will be required for all special group event activities.
36 CFR §2.35 –ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES and CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
(a)(3)(i) The following public use areas, portions of public use areas, and/or public 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:
• All public use areas within the Park are closed to the consumption or possession of an alcoholic beverage that is open, or that has been opened, or whose seal is broken, or the contents of which have been partially removed, except for the immediate housing areas, by tenants, and in other exterior areas after the Park’s normal hours of operation. Alcoholic beverages can be served at Park sponsored events with the permission of the superintendent or his/her designee
The Park is closed to alcohol consumption because such activity is inappropriate considering the other uses of the park and the purpose for which the Park was established and is maintained. The Park was established and is maintained to preserve in public ownership the historically significant properties associated with the life of Theodore Roosevelt.28 FR 7401-02. Any activity that negatively impacts the park’s natural and cultural resources is not permitted. The park’s lawns, fields and pastures are part of a significant historical cultural landscape and are therefore inappropriate places for the consumption of alcohol. The same is true for the nature trail and Roosevelt Beach area which abuts the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
36 CFR §2.37 – NONCOMMERCIAL SOLICITING
Soliciting or demanding gifts, money, goods or services is prohibited except pursuant to the terms and conditions or a permit that has been issued under §2.50, §2.51, or §2.52.
36 CFR §2.38 – EXPLOSIVES
(a) Using, possessing, storing, or transporting explosives, blasting agents or explosive materials is prohibited, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.
(b) Fireworks and firecrackers may be possessed and/or used in the following areas, under the conditions noted:
• No terms or conditions are established nor public areas designated for the use or possession of fireworks and firecrackers.
• Park residents may light sparklers on the Fourth of July, only in the government housing area, and only on cement sidewalks or pavement.
36 CFR §2.50 – SPECIAL EVENTS
(a) 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.
36 CFR §2.51 -- DEMONSTRATIONS
(b) Demonstrations of more than 25 people are allowed within park areas designated as available under paragraph (c)(2) when the superintendent has issued a permit for the activity.
(c)(2) The following locations are designated as available for demonstrations:
• The lawn area between the windmill and the visitor center
• The lawn area of the former stable and lodge site
See map for specific designated areas within the above locations. First Amendment activities cannot be held in areas that would interfere with visitor’s ability to visit the park, such as entrances to buildings, the entrance area to the park, trails, pathways, roadways, etc., as identified in (e)(1-5).
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.
36 CFR §2.60 – LIVESTOCK USE AND AGRICULTURE
(a) Livestock are generally prohibited in any park area. They are only permitted in park areas pursuant to the exceptions provided for in §2.60(a) and only pursuant to the terms and conditions of a license, permit, or lease.
36 CFR §2.61 – RESIDING ON FEDERAL LANDS
(a) Residing in park areas, other than on privately owned lands, is prohibited except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit lease or contract.
36 CFR §2.62 – MEMORIALIZATION
(a) The installation of a monument, memorial, tablet, structure, or other commemorative installation in a public park area without the authorization of the Superintendent is prohibited.
(b) The scattering of human ashes from cremation is prohibited, except pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit, or in the following areas and according to the following conditions:
• No areas of the Park are designated for the scattering of human ashes from cremation
36 CFR §3.3 – VESSEL PERMITS
• None; launching or landing vessels in anyway is prohibited.
Permits are required for the use of a vessel pursuant to §1.5(d). See §1.5(d) of this document for details.
36 CFR §3.6 – BOATING OPERATIONS
(a)(2) Launching or operating a vessel is prohibited, except at one of the following launch sites:
• None; launching or landing vessels in anyway is prohibited.
36 CFR §3.16 – SWIMMING AND WADING
Swimming, wading, or bathing is not allowed in the park. No areas are designated as swimming or bathing areas.
36 CFR §3.18 – SCUBA AND SNORKELING
(a) Snorkeling and underwater diving is not allowed in park waters.
No areas are designated; diving and snorkeling are prohibited.
36 CFR §3.21 – SWIMMING AND BATHING
Swimming, wading, or bathing is not allowed in the park. No areas are designated as swimming or bathing areas.
36 CFR §4.10 – TRAVEL ON PARK ROADS AND ROUTES
(a) Park roads, open for travel by motor vehicle are those indicated below, and/or as indicated in the following publication or document (attached hereto):
• Sagamore Hill Road, a county maintained road partially located within Park boundaries, is open to all motor vehicle traffic. Old Orchard Road, a non-public road located within Park boundaries, is open only to Park personnel operating private or government-owned vehicles and the operators of delivery vehicles. The superintendent or designee may authorize the use of Old Orchard Road to visitors with disabilities if the need arises. All other roads/driveways within the Park are open only to Park personnel and residents.
(b) Routes and areas for off-road vehicle use are provided for in section 7.** [Insert your park special regulation section where applicable] and in section 1.5(a)(2).
• Off road vehicle use is prohibited.
(c)(1) Operating a motor vehicle not equipped with pneumatic tires is prohibited, except that a track-laying motor vehicle or a motor vehicle equipped with a similar traction device may be operated on one of the following routes designated for these vehicles:
• No areas are designated for track-laying motor vehicles; such vehicles are prohibited except
when used by Park personnel or authorized contractors for operational needs.
36 CFR §4.11 – VEHICLE LOAD, WEIGHT AND SIZE LIMITS
(a) The following load, weight and size limits, which are more restrictive than State law, apply to the roads indicated under the terms and conditions, and/or under permit as noted:
36 CFR §4.21 – SPEED LIMITS
(b) The following speed limits are established for the routes/roads indicated:
• The designated maximum safe speed limit for all roads/parking areas in the Park is 15 mph.
36 CFR §4.30 – BICYCLES
(a) The use of a bicycle is prohibited except on park roads, in parking areas, and on routes designated for bicycle use. Park roads and parking areas that are closed to bicycle use are listed in §1.5 of this document.
(d)(3) Riding a bicycle abreast of another rider is allowed on the following routes:
• The Visitor Center parking area only.
36 CFR §4.31 – HITCHHIKING
Hitchhiking or soliciting transportation is prohibited except in the following designated areas and under the following conditions:
• No areas of the Park are designated for hitchhiking under any conditions.
36 CFR §5.1 – ADVERTISEMENTS
Commercial notices or advertisements shall not be displayed, posted, or distributed on federally owned or controlled lands within a park area unless prior written permission has been given by the Superintendent.
36 CFR §5.3 – BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Engaging in or soliciting any business in park areas, except in accordance with the provisions of a permit, contract, or other written agreement with the United States, except as such may be specifically authorized under special regulations applicable to a park area, is prohibited.
36 CFR §5.4 – COMMERCIAL PASSENGER-CARRYING MOTOR VEHICLES
(a) The commercial transportation of passengers by motor vehicle except as authorized under a contract or permit from the Secretary or his authorized representative is prohibited in certain parks. See §5.4(a) for more information.
36 CFR §5.5 – COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
(a) 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.
(b)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.
36 CFR §5.6 – COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
(b) & (c) Using commercial vehicles on government roads within park areas when such use is in no way connected with the operation of the park is generally prohibited, and requires permission or a permit from the Superintendent.
36 CFR §5.7 – CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS OR OTHER FACILITIES
Such activities are prohibited, except in accordance with the provisions of a valid permit, contract, or other written agreement with the United States.
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Last updated: June 29, 2018