Laws & Policies

Gateway National Recreation Area Regulations

Visitors to Gateway should be familiar with park rules and regulations. The Superintendent's Compendium is a document of rules and regulations related to Gateway. The Superintendent's Compenium is also available in PDF form.

  1. All general laws regarding the National Park Service authority are found in Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations.
  2. Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft (drone) from or on the lands and waters of Gateway is not permitted.

  3. Visitors should obey the park speed limits.

  4. Fireworks are not allowed within the boundaries.

  5. Metal detectors are not allowed and all historic objects and buildings are protected.

  6. Plants and animals are protected within the national recreation area.

  7. Fires are allowed only in designated areas.
  8. Alcoholic beverages at Sandy Hook are prohibited. This restriction does not affect visitors having weddings at the Sandy Hook Chapel or other permit holders.
  9. Alcoholic beverages at the swimming beaches at Great Kills Park (Staten Island), Riis Park (Jamaica Bay), and Fort Tilden (Jamaica Bay) are prohibited.
  10. Smoking is prohibited on the beaches at Sandy Hook, N.J., Great Kils Park in Staten Island, and the beaches at Riis Park and Fort Tilden. Smoking is allowed in designated areas in all parking lots.
  11. Only umbrellas with a diameter of 8' that require only one central station to support shade are allowed on the beaches. Small tents designed for infants/toddlers are allowed as long as an infant/toddler is present.
  12. Class 1 and class 2 e-bikes are allowed on most routes open to traditional bicycles, including the Multi Use Paths (MUP). Class 1 and class 2 e-bikes provide assistance to the operator only up to 20 miles per hour. Speed limits of 10 mph will be posted on the MUP's. Class 3 e-bikes, which can provide assistance up to 28 miles per hour, are not allowed on any park trail or MUP. Additionally the park will maintain its prohibition of e-bikes on all trails where traditional bicycles are already banned. More information and frequently asked questions about e-bikes in national parks are available on the e-bike webpage.


Last updated: August 17, 2021

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