• Autumn photo of Lake Clark and the Aleutian Range in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Lake Clark

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Doing Business With The Park

Women shaking hands with blue and white float plane in the background. Two other people are standing on the floats of the plane.
Park visitor arrives via a CUA at the Proenneke Site.
NPS Photo / Kent Miller
 
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).

Guided activities that are authorized within the park and preserve through Commercial Use Authorizations include:

  • air taxi
  • backpacking
  • bear viewing
  • big game transport
  • boating
  • charter boat
  • hiking
  • incidental hunt transport
  • kayaking
  • mountaineering
  • photography
  • sport fishing
  • winter backcountry trips (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.
 

Lake Clark Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Holder 2013 Review Materials





Did You Know?

Antlers are covered with velvet while still growing - the velvet contains blood vessels that bring nutrients to the growing tissue.

Female caribou have antlers, but female moose do not. Male moose and all caribou shed their antlers in the late fall or early winter, and grow new antlers in the spring. Caribou and moose are the only two members of the deer family found in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.