Doing Business With The Park


Request for Proposals

Ranger-Led Program Opportunities

Acadia National Park is issuing this REQUEST for PROPOSALS from any organization or business wishing to add Park Ranger-conducted nature programs about Acadia National Park to talks, walks, hikes, youth programs, bicycle tours, bus tours, or boat programs serving Mount Desert Island and Schoodic. A standard fee for park ranger-narrated activities will apply. Accepted proposals will be valid for up to five years and ranger-led services will be marketed to park visitors in park facilities, program publications and on the park website. Please review the Request for Proposals, then, fill out the RFP application.

Historic building on coast
The Blue Duck Ships Store, also known as the Hadlock Store, is located on Islesford, or Little Cranberry Island, in the Town of the Cranberry Isles, Maine.

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Historic Blue Duck Ships Store

The National Park Service is seeking proposals from interested parties to lease the Blue Duck Ships Store building within Acadia National Park.

“We see this as an opportunity to re-open a building that has been closed for many years and an even greater opportunity to preserve an important historical building on Islesford” said Superintendent Kevin Schneider.

The Blue Duck Ships Store, also known as the Hadlock Store, is located on Islesford, or Little Cranberry Island, in the Town of the Cranberry Isles, Maine. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally used by the Hadlock family for 25 years as a ship’s store and then as a general store and a sail loft. In 1917 it was sold to William Otis Sawtelle, the founder of the Islesford Historical Society. Sawtelle used the structure as a residence and to display a collection devoted to the history of the region at the store until the collection was moved to the Islesford Museum in 1927.

For those wishing a site visit to the Blue Ducks Ships Store prior to submitting a proposal, the building will be open on Friday August 25 from 9 to 11 am with National Park Service representatives on site. If you would like to make a site visit on another day, the National Park Service will do their best to accommodate your needs. Please contact Gail Gladstone, Cultural Resources Program Manager, by email at or by telephone at 207-288-8728 to arrange an appointment.

The National Park Service will consider proposals that ensure the historic and architectural values of the property are preserved. The proposed use of the offered property must be compatible with respect to preservation, protection, and visitor enjoyment of the park
area. Guidelines and selection criteria are included within provided materials.

Final proposals are due to the National Park Service Regional Office in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania by October 13, 2017. The National Park Service will review all responses
to this “Request for Proposals” through an evaluation panel. The final selection will be
made by the National Park Service Regional Director, Northeast Region.

For details, visit the full listing posted at FedBizOps.Gov or review the documents provided below:


Commercial Use Authorization

If you are a business operator and want to conduct business within the National Park you are required to obtain a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) Permit (36 CFR Sec. 5.3). Failure to obtain the CUA Permit may result in the issuance of a fine and/or removal from the park.

Commercial use authorizations (CUAs) are one method of authorizing commercial visitor services.

  • CUAs are currently issued for one year.
  • There is no right or guarantee of renewal. Permittee must reapply for a new CUA for succeeding periods upon expiration of the current CUA.
  • CUAs are issued for a yearly fee. The current fee is $200.
  • CUAs are not considered concession contracts. These services need not be "necessary" but are "appropriate" services that may enhance the visitor experience, and have been determined to have minimal impact on resources and park values.
  • Commercial business activity is prohibited within the park unless a CUA has been granted by the park (36 CFR Sec. 5.3).

Information and documentation:

CUA Application
Annual/Monthly Report Form 10-660
All Parks Commercial Tour Entrance Fees


Completed Documents

Submit the completed documents to:
Acadia National Park
CUA Program Manager
PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

If you need additional help or have any questions, please contact Mea Arego, Concessions Management Specialist by email or call (207) 288-8735.

Important things to know when applying for a Commercial Use Authorization Permit:

  • Fourteen (14) days are required for processing CUA applications. Please plan accordingly.
  • CUAs are issued for one calendar year; CUAs expire on December 31 of each year.
  • Administrative costs for a CUA are $200. Requests received without 14-day advance will incur a $100 fee.
  • Checks are written to the "National Park Service" and mailed to CUA Program Coordinator at address above.
  • Annual reporting requirements must be submitted by December 31 of each year. Failure to return this form by the due date is grounds for revocation or non-renewal of the CUA. To view or download a form visit: Annual Survey Report
  • A Certificate of Insurance is required. See Insurance Requirements information in the CUA application packet.
  • Businesses and any of their employees must have in your possession a complete copy of the CUA Permit at all times when conducting business in the park. Random monitoring of CUA Permit holders will be conducted.
  • Commercial Operators must reapply for a new CUA each year. Applications are accepted beginning January 1.
  • Note: Section 418 of the National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998, Public Law 105-391 (Section 418), authorizes NPS, upon request, to issue commercial use authorizations to provide commercial services to park area visitors in limited circumstances.

Concession Contracts

Concession contracts are one method of authorizing commercial visitor services. They have the following characteristics:

  • The term of concession contracts is generally 10 years or less.
  • Some concession contracts have a "preference in renewal."
  • Contracts are awarded under competition and are limited in number.
  • The concessioner pays a franchise fee to the government determined by the probable value to the concessioner for the privileges provided by the contract.

Acadia National Park currently works with these concessioners:

  • The Dawnland, LLC manages the Jordan Pond House Restaurant and three shops in the park.
  • Carriages of Acadia, Inc., operates Wildwood Stables and offers horse-drawn carriage rides.
  • National Park Tours and Oli's Trolley offer interpretive bus tours through the park

If you need additional help or have any questions, please contact Mea Arego, Concessions Management Specialist by email or call (207) 288-8735.

Last updated: January 8, 2018

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PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609


(207) 288-3338

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