Doing Business With The Park
Private commercial operators working on national park land provide important services to visitors throughout the National Park System. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve has a thriving commercial services program working with commercial operators who provide services in the park. By welcoming the private sector as a partner in park operations, the National Park Service broadens the economic base of the region and encourages resource stewardship in communities surrounding and within parks. Commercial service providers and the National Park Service work as partners to practice sound environmental management and stewardship. All commercial services are administered in accordance with the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 (ANILCA), the National Park Service Concessions Management and Improvement Act of 1998 (PL 105-391), 36 CFR 51, 2006 National Park Service Management Policies, and other applicable laws and regulations.
The Commercial Services program at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve includes concession contracting, commercial film permit issuance, and issuance of Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs).
Activities that are authorized within the park and preserve through Commercial Use Authorizations include:
air taxi - backpacking (guided) - bear viewing (guided) - big game transport - boating (guided) - charter boat - hiking (guided) - incidental hunt transport - kayaking (guided) - mountaineering (guided) - photography (guided) - sportfishing (guided) - winter backcountry (guided skiing, sledding, snowshoeing)
All of these activities are administered in accordance with park management plans and policies. They are: 1) determined to be an appropriate use for the park; 2) have minimal impact on park resources and values; and 3) are consistent with the purposes for the park and preserve. (2006 NPS Management policies 10.3.1 and PL 105-391 sec. 418).
Commercial service providers fill a vital role in helping the NPS carry out its mission. Through the use of concession contracts or CUAs, the NPS provides for visitor services that are necessary and appropriate for public use and enjoyment through all areas of the park and preserve, including wilderness areas.
For forms and contact information please visit the Commercial Use Authorizations website for the Alaska Region.
Did You Know?
As recently as the 1960s, dog team travel was still the best way to get around Lake Clark country in the winter. Snowmobiles are more common now, but many people still keep sled dogs.