The compendium is a document that lists special designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority of the superintendent.
Ways to access the compendium:
Read compendium online
Request a copy by emailing
Call the park at 417.732.2662
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.
Park User Responsibility – 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 Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 571.
Weapons Prohibited in Federal Facilities – Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. Refer to 18 U.S.C. Sec. 930.
Federal facilities at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield include the visitor center, library, historic Ray House, and park maintenance buildings.