• Canoeing on the Buffalo


    National River Arkansas

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
Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998, Sec. 418 - see page 20 of PDF
NPS Management Policies, Sec. 10.3
Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Interim Guidelines
Suspension, Restriction, Revocation, Denial Policy (CUA)
Buffalo National River Superintendent Compendium 2012
RM83F Backcountry Food Service Guidelines


Buffalo National River offers CUAs for the following activities:
CUAs at Buffalo National River fall into one of two categories: Land Based Activities and Water Based Activities.

Land based activities are Guided Camping, Guided 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 Frequently Asked Questions: For general information and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about CUAs at Buffalo National River, click here.


CUA Conditions:
Each approved CUA has three attachments. Attachment A is standard conditions for all Commercial Use Authorizations. Attachment B is the park specific conditions for the activity type. Attachment C is the NPS approved Acknowledgement of Risk Form.

The links below provide CUA Conditions:
Attachment A, Standard Conditions for All Commercial Use Authorizations
Attachment B, Park Specific Conditions for each activity type:
Guided Fishing and Guided Sightseeing via jon-boat or drift boat, Attachment B
Guided Camping, Attachment B
Guided Hiking, Attachment B
Guided Rappelling, Attachment B
Guided Photography, Attachment B
Guided Walk-In Fishing (From Shore), Attachment B
Guided Automobile Driving Sightseeing Tours, Attachment B
Attachment C, NPS Approved Acknowledgement of Risk Form


CUA Reports
As a condition of the CUA, the permittee is required to submit monthly activity reports and an annual gross receipt report.

CUA Monthly Activity Report for Land Based Activities
CUA Monthly Activity Report for Water Based Activities
CUA Annual Gross Receipts Report


CUA Application Procedure
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:

Commercial Services

Telephone: 870-365-2702

Buffalo National River

FAX: 870-365-2701

402 N. Walnut St., Suite 136

Website: www.nps.gov/buff

Harrison, AR 72601

Email: e-mail us

Applications will be returned to the applicant if submitted incomplete.

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