Firearms and other weapons
Legislation – 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. Refer to Section 512 of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, Public Law 111-24, 123 Stat. 1764-65.
Federal facilities at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield include the visitor center, library, museum, historic Ray House, and park maintenance buildings.
Superintendent's Compendium (PDF)
Public Use Limits:
Definition: The term “unmanned aircraft” means 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.
Determination: The use of unmanned aircraft is prohibited to protect the safety of the public. In addition, the use of unmanned aircraft is inconsistent with the memorial qualities of the battlefield.
-The above activities are closed to the public to protect natural resources and to protect the safety of the public
-Ray House lawn and porch
-Picnicking at these locations is inconsistent with the memorial qualities of the battlefield.
-Restrictions are necessary due to the incompatibility of these activities with the memorial qualities and cultural landscape of the park.
-A system that enables the operator to bring the device to a controlled stop
-A sound emitting device that can be activated by the operator to alert nearby persons.
-Maximum speed is 5 mph.
-The device cannot exceed 36inches in width at its widest point.
-PDMD use is prohibited in undeveloped areas.
-Operators of PDMDs shall have the responsibilities applicable to a pedestrian under the same circumstances, except the PDMD operator shall yield to pedestrians.
-PDMDs provide a reasonable alternative to persons with mobility disabilities. PDMDs are permitted in developed areas where pedestrian access is allowed. The determinations are to enhance visitor safety
The following restrictions and/or conditions are in effect for the specific uses or activities noted:
Food and Beverages:
-Open containers of food or drink shall not be permitted in the Ray House, library, curatorial areas, and public portions of the visitor center (except at special events in which food and beverage are part of the event).
Consumption is prohibited to protect the historic objects housed in these facilities.
36 CFR §1.6 – ACTIVITIES THAT REQUIRE A PERMIT
For permit information contact:
Chief Ranger’s Office
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield
6424 West Farm Road 182
Republic, MO 65738
Phone: 417-732-2662 extension 225
(f) The following is a compilation of those activities for which a permit from the superintendent is required:
36 CFR §2.1 – PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL AND ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
(c)(1), (c)(2) 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 use or consumption restrictions:
-Walnuts and apples not to exceed 5 gallons per person per day
36 CFR §2.11 – PICNICKING
Certain areas have been closed to picnicking and are listed in section 1.5(a)(1) “Closures”.
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:
Established Conditions for Fires:
36 CFR §2.15 – PETS
(a)(1) The following structures and/or areas are closed to the possession of pets:
36 CFR §2.16 – HORSES and PACK ANIMALS
(b) The use of horses or pack animals is allowed on the following trails, routes or areas:
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.
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:
Entrance Fee Areas:
The park is an entrance fee area under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Entrance fees are collected at the Visitor Center during normal business hours. Fees are not collected when the Visitor Center is closed to the public. Fees are suspended in the public interest on August 10 annually. August 10 is the battle anniversary commemoration event.
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:
For Immediate Release
Contact: Angela Pirotte, 417-732-2662, ext. 221
USE OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT PROHIBITED
AT WILSON’S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD
Superintendent T. John Hillmer, Jr. announced today that the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is prohibited at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. The prohibition is consistent with a policy memorandum signed on June 19, 2014, by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, directing superintendents nationwide to prohibit launching, landing, and operating unmanned aircraft on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service.
Director Jarvis has stated, "We embrace many activities in national parks because they enhance visitor experiences with the iconic natural, historical, and cultural landscapes in our care." He continued, "However, we have serious concerns about the negative impact that the flying unmanned aircraft is having in parks, so we are prohibiting their use until we can determine the most appropriate policy that will protect park resources and provide all visitors with a rich experience."
The NPS is taking this action in response to a proliferation of unmanned aircraft, including drones, and a number of incidents involving these devices that resulted in noise and nuisance complaints from park visitors, concerns for park visitor safety, and reported incidents in which park wildlife was harassed.
Last September, an unmanned aircraft flew above some evening visitors, seated in the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial Amphitheater. Park rangers, concerned for the visitors’ safety, confiscated the unmanned aircraft.
In April, visitors at the Grand Canyon National Park gathered for a quiet sunset, which was interrupted by a loud unmanned aircraft, flying back and forth and eventually crashing into the canyon. Later in the month, volunteers at Zion National Park witnessed an unmanned aircraft disturb a herd of bighorn sheep, reportedly separating adults from their young.
According to Supt Hillmer, there have been no reported incidents involving the use of unmanned aircraft at Wilson’s Creek NB.
Last updated: January 18, 2018