Planning to Visit Apostle Islands National Lakeshore? Leave Your Gun At Home
Planning to visit Apostle Islands National Lakeshore? If you fear for your safety in national parks, you'll have to either skip this lakeshore or go it without your firearm and hope for the best.
That's because in the state of Wisconsin it's illegal to carry a concealed weapon, federal park regulations notwithstanding. So while the National Park Service's rules on concealed weapons changed on January 9 -- concealed carry is now allowed in parks that fall within states where concealed carry is OK -- even if you have a concealed weapons permit you can't pack in this park because of the state prohibition against concealed carry.
Caveat: If you're a hunter you can hunt within the lakeshore during the designated hunting season.
So, in summation, in accordance with federal and state regulations, within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore:
1) It is illegal for any person except a peace officer to possess a concealed weapon.
2) No person may carry or possess a firearm unless it is unloaded and enclosed in a carrying case, except for authorized hunting activities.
3) Specific types of firearms are authorized for hunting activities and may be carried during appropriate seasons in compliance with federal and state hunting regulations.
4) All existing NPS park regulations governing the prohibited use, possession and carry of all other weapons apply within the lakeshore.
5) Firearms are prohibited on tour boats and within all federal buildings.