Activities in the park that benefit an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large require permits. A complete list of these activities are listed in the Superintendent's Compendium of Rules and Regulations (PDF file).
Contact us for more information about special use permits and how to apply for them.
Apply for a Permit
You may download application forms for common special park uses. Return completed forms to the visitor center or mail them to Herbert Hoover NHS, Special Park Uses Coordinator, P. O. Box 607, West Branch, IA 52358-0607.
Weddings and Other Group Gatherings or Events
Commercial Filming and Photography
Other commercial activities or soliciting business within the park require a commercial use authorization. Contact us to find out more »
Picnic shelters may be used for free on a first-come, first-serve basis or they may be reserved for $25.00. Find out more »
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