Commercial Use Authorizations

Mother bear and cubs fishing in a river
Bears - Katmai National Park & Preserve (NPS Photo)

A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) authorizes suitable commercial services to park area visitors in limited circumstances. The term of a CUA may not exceed 2 years and no preferential right of renewal or similar provisions for renewal may be provided.

Through the use of approximately 300 commercial use authorizations, the National Park Service, Alaska Region provides commercial visitor services that are appropriate for public use and enjoyment.

Application Forms and Instructions for Commercial Use Authorization

To apply for a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA), carefully read the instructions, park-specific stipulations, and complete the application. CUAs may be issued for up to (2) two years*.

. Not sure which Commercial Visitor Services are allowed: Click HERE for a list


Park-Specific Operating Stipulations

The NPS has developed standard conditions and park-specific stipulations by which CUA Holders must adhere to while operating under the CUA. It is very important that applicants read and understand these stipulations/conditions and park compendiums prior to applying for the CUA.

Regional Stipulations (Applies to All CUAs)

Kenai Fjords - Kayak/Paddle Boarding

Alagnak Wild River Kenai Fjords NP (Snowcoach Tours)
Aniakchak NM&Pr Klondike Gold Rush NHP
Bering Land Bridge NPr Kobuk Valley NP
Cape Krusenstern NPr Lake Clark National NP&Pr
Gates of the Arctic NP&Pr Noatak National Preserve
Katmai NP&P Sitka National Historical Park
Kenai Fjords NP - General Wrangell-St. Elias NP&Pr
Kenai Fjords-Mountaineering Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Activity-Specific Operating Stipulations (For Denali & Glacier Bay)

Denali National Park & Preserve

(Based on activites shown below)

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

(Based on activites shown below)

Denali Stips (Common to all DENA CUAs) Glacier Bay Stips (Common to All GLBA CUAs)
Air Taxi Service Air Taxi Service
Camping (Groups at Savage)- Alsek River Rafting
Day Hiking (Backcountry) Backcountry Use
Day Hiking (Frontcountry) Charter Vessel
(NEW): Dog Sled Freight Hauling Service Ferry Service (Passengers)
Overnight Hiking Kayak Touring
Mountaineering Mountaineering
Winter Activities Sportfishing
Road-Based Winter Vehicle Tours (New as of 2014) Vehicle Tours
Winter Activities

MAPS (click on link to view/print maps)

Denali National Park & Preserve
Katmai, Alagnak, Aniakchak, Brooks Camp
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

Reporting Requirements:

As a condition of the CUA, each holder is required to submit an activity summary report and annual report of gross receipt by November 15th of each year. If you did not use your CUA, you need to report that on the forms. These reports should be submitted regardless of whether the holder used the authorization. Reports are to be received by November 15th of each year unless specified otherwise in the park-specific stipulations below.


(1) Annual Report - CUA (previously called "Gross Receipt Report)

Annual Report NPS Form 10-660 (previously "Gross Receipt Report")-(Electronic Version - Complete Online)
Annual Report NPS Form 10-660 (previously "Gross Receipt Report")- (Print & Fill Version)

(2) Activity Summary (Trip) Report Forms - See Table below for forms


(3) Licensed Big Game Transporters Reporting Requirements

Licensed Big Game Transport Reporting Requirements:
All Licensed Big Game Transporters (activity/service code “HT”) must submit a copy of their State of Alaska's Big Game Transporter Activity Report (Form #08-4349) to National Park Service, Concessions Division, 240 West 5th Avenue #114, Anchorage, AK 99501 by February 1st of each year for the preceding calendar year. The Report can also be faxed to 907-644-3813 or 644-3814 but must be received by February 1st. Failure to submit a copy
of the form to the NPS may result in suspension of the authorization.

Electronic (fillable, online) Versions
Print only (non-fillable)Versions
Air Taxi Report
Incidental Hunt Transport Report
Air Taxi Report & Incidental Hunt Transport
Guiding Activity Report
(On Foot, Boating, Vehicle Tours/Shuttle)
Guiding Activity Report
(On Foot, Boating, Vehicle Tours/Shuttle)
Non-Profit Orgs- Activity Report  
Exit Glacier & Harding Icefield Exit Glacier & Harding Icefield
Glacier Bay Charter Boat Activity & Sportfishing Glacier Bay Charter Boat Activity & Sportfishing
Glacier Bay Air Taxi Glacier Bay Air Taxi
Glacier Bay Ferry Service Glacier Bay Ferry Service

Alsek-Tatshenshini River Activity Report

Alsek-Tatshenshini River Activity Report

1. Klondike Gold Rush (Horse Tours)
2. Klondike Gold Rush (All other Activities)
Klondike Gold Rush N.H.P.
Aniakchak Activity Report  
Brooks Camp Activity Report  
Katmai / Alagnak Activity Report  
Lake Clark Activity Report  


Doing Business With the Parks (CUA Related Info)

In addition to the Park-Specific Stipulations each park unit provides a website with additional park-specific CUA information, including park compendiums.

  • Alagnak Wild River
  • Aniakchak NM&Pr
  • Bering Land Bridge NP
  • Cape Krusenstern NPr
  • Denali NP&Pr
  • Gates of the Arctic NP&Pr
  • Glacier Bay NP&Pr
  • Katmai NP&Pr
  • Kenai Fjords NP
  • Klondike Gold Rush NHP
  • Kobuk Valley NP
  • Lake Clark NP&Pr
  • Noatak NPr
  • Sitka NHP
  • Wrangell-St. Elias NP&Pr
  • Yukon Charley Rivers NPr
  • Last Updated: July 27, 2015