Laws & Policies

Superintendent's Compendium -A compendium of designations, closures, request requirements, rules, and other restrictions imposed under the discretion of the Superintendent.

As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit this website.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

If you are traveling, click here to view Florida's reciprocity agreements.

Frequently Asked Questions on firearms.

map designating the area for free speech expression to the right of the sidewalk leading to the visitor center
Per the Superintendent's compendium "Superintendents will allow the free distribution of message-bearing items to the public other than printed matter, so long as the activity occurs within an area designated as available for First Amendment activities under 36 CFR 2.51(c)(1) and otherwise complies with 36 CFR 2.52."


map of Kingsley Plantation designating a free speech area just north of the parking lot.
Designated First Amendment area at Kingsley Plantation.


Map of the Theodore Roosevelt Area showing fishing is only allowed to the northeast of the trail leading to the bird observation platform.
Per the Superintendent's Compendium "Fishing [36 CFR 2.3]
Fishing is permitted in the Preserve in accordance with state law; except where restricted [under the authority of section 1.5]:
- In the Theodore Roosevelt Area, fishing is prohibited in all areas except the
saltwater marsh and tidal creeks designated on the attached map."


Last updated: October 27, 2022

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