To better serve visitors and protect the park, Federal and state laws and regulations have been put in place for everyone's enjoyment and safety. Below is a list of commonly asked regulation questions.
For more information please see the Superintendent's Compendium.
ProtectDo not destroy or collect natural or cultural resources in the park. For example, do not collect, damage, or destroy any plants, animals, rocks, artifacts, historic objects, driftwood, flowers, or pine cones.
You may harvest up to one gallon of berries for personal consumption.
Backcountry/Interior LakesTo prevent the spread of invasive species that can be found in other areas of the park, please note the following:
Pets are NOT allowed on park trails (except the Rainy Lake Recreation Trail) or in the backcountry. This rule is in place to protect park wildlife and your pet.
WildlifeDo not harass or feed wildlife. Observe wildlife quietly from a distance. Do not disturb wildlife, especially breeding or nesting birds, or adult animals with young.
HuntingHunting is not allowed.
Quiet Hours10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m
CampfiresUse a camp stove or build campfires in established metal fire rings only. Never leave a fire unattended. Drown and stir all campfires with water. If ashes are still warm to the touch, they may still start a fire. Collecting wood for campfires is allowed on if the wood is DEAD and DOWNED.
Do not cut down any tree in the park, living or dead, for firewood.
Chainsaws are prohibited except when being used to cut ice fishing holes.
Do not burn trash.
Day UseVisitors may stop and enjoy Day Use sites throughout the park.
Visitors may not stay overnight at a Day Use site. These sites are marked with a picnic table icon on National Geographic Maps.
Amenities at these sites include a picnic table, fire ring, and privy.
Day Use is allowed at reservable tent sites between the hours of noon and 2:00 p.m. only if the site is not occupied.
Day Use is not allowed at Houseboat sites.
Always remember to keep your distance when encountering a bear. Here's how you can have a safe and enjoyable visit:
Improperly stored food has drawn bears to campsites and houseboats, resulting in property damage and an increased risk to human safety.
Filleted FishWhen fishing in or traveling on Kabetogama, Namakan, Sand Point, and Rainy Lakes, you cannot possess filleted fish because these lakes are classified as experimental waters.
Minnesota fishing regulations state "when on or fishing experimental, special, border, or other waters with size restrictions different from the statewide regulations, all fish for which that regulation applies must have their heads, tails, fins, and skin intact."
If you are camping in the park and want to bring fish home, the fish must stay measurable until you reach the boat landing. There are two ways to do this:
Minnesota state law requires all watercraft (including canoes and kayaks) to have one wearable United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved personal flotation device (PFD) on board and accessible for each person.
The State of Minnesota requires all children under 10 years of age to wear a life jacket when in a recreational boat.
When swimming around or behind boats, always make certain engines and generators are turned off to prevent toxic gas exposure.
When moving, passengers should be seated. Riding on the bow or gunwale is prohibited.
EmergenciesCall 911, cellular phones may not work in the park, phones are located near all visitor centers, and park rangers monitor marine band 16 for emergencies during business hours.
Last updated: March 21, 2021