• A mid-afternoon veiw down the expanse of Isle Royale National Park.  Photo taken from the Mount Ojibway Fire Tower.

    Isle Royale

    National Park Michigan

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Commercial Filming and Still Photography Permits

On April 14, 2006 the National Park Service published a final rule in the Federal Register that allows the NPS to implement Public Law 106-206 (P.L. 106-206), codified at 16 U.S.C. 406/-6d and amends the commercial filming and still photography regulation found at 43 CFR 5.1.

All commercial filming requires a permit. Commercial filming is defined as digital or film recording of a visual image or sound recording by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience, such as for a documentary, television or feature film, advertisement, or similar project. It does not include news coverage or visitor use. To receive a permit, click here.

Still photography activities require a permit only when:

a) the activity takes place at location(s) where or when members of the public are generally not allowed; or

b) the activity uses model(s), sets(s), or prop(s) that are not a part of the location's natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities; or
c) the park would incur additional administrative costs to monitor the activity;

d) the park needs to provide management and oversight.


To receive a permit for still photography activities, click here.

Did You Know?

View of the Greenstone Ridge Trail in the fall from the Ojibway Fire Tower.

The Greenstone Ridge, which forms the backbone of Isle Royale, is thought by many geologist to be a portion of the largest lava flow on earth.