Commercial Use Authorizations
A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is a permit that authorizes appropriate commercial services to park area visitors in limited circumstances. The term of a CUA may not exceed two (2) years and no preferential right of renewal or similar provisions for renewal may be provided. The term of a CUA at Buffalo National River is for one year. Commercial Use Authorizations are NOT concessions contracts and are not transferrable. CUAs are intended to provide a simple means to authorize appropriate commercial services to visitors in Park areas. CUAs at Buffalo National River, as a general rule, (1) do not use fixed commercial facilities within a National Park unit, (2) the commercial activity originates and terminates outside the park area, (3) no money changes hands on park lands, and (4) no commercial solicitation occurs on park lands.
Laws, Regulations, and Policies
Buffalo National River offers CUAs for the following activities:
Land based activities are Guided Camping/Overnight Backpacking, Guided Day Hiking, Guided Rappelling, Guided Photography, Guided Walk-In Fishing (From Shore), and Guided Automobile Sightseeing Driving Tours.
Water based activities are Guided Fishing and Guided Sightseeing via jon-boat or drift boat.
CUA Application Procedure
For Water Based Services: Unlike CUAs for land based services, CUAs issued for water based services are valid for two years. However, applications are only accepted between October 1 and November 15 every other year. Please contact the Commercial Services office to inquire when applications will next be accepted.
Requests for a CUA application may be made in person at park headquarters, via telephone, email or letter. The application form may be downloaded from the park website (see above). A completed application and the non-refundable application fee are required before an application can be processed. Park contact information is: