• Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park

    Kenai Fjords

    National Park Alaska

Commercial Filming and Photography

Filming/Photography Permits are issued for photography, filming, and associated sound recording to ensure protection of resources, to prevent significant disruption of normal visitor uses, or when they involve props, models, professional crews and casts or set dressings. Permits are required for access to areas normally closed to the visiting public.

A commercial photographer who is not using a prop, model or set, is staying within normal visitation areas and hours, and is not significantly interfering with normal park visitation, is generally exempt from film permit requirements.

To apply for a permit, please complete a Kenai Fjords National Park filming application form and submit it to the Filming Permits Coordinator allowing sufficient time for evaluation by the park staff before the start date of the proposed activity to be conducted in the park.

Please remember to enclose a cashier's check, or money order for $200.00 to cover non-refundable application costs. Location Fees are also required based on the number of crew and by days filming or photographing.

Generally, permits are not required for:

  • visitors using cameras and/or recording devices for their own personal use.
  • sound technicians, and film or video news crews at breaking news events. In these cases, the superintendent will still be required to protect park resources and the rights and safety of park visitors. News media wishing access for entertainment or scheduled purposes may require a permit.
  • NPS filming or photography, Department of the Interior Audiovisual Center filming or filming/photography done pursuant to a cooperative agreement or contract.

For more information, contact Chief Ranger Mark Thompson at (907) 422-0500.

Did You Know?

River Otter

River otters defecate in certain spots to mark their territory. Researchers in Kenai Fjords National Park have discovered that these "latrine sites" enrich the soil, allowing plants to grow in those spots that aren't found anywhere else close by.