Special Use Permits
Many activities in the Park require a permit. A complete list of these activities can be found in the Superintendent's compendium.
Continue on this page to learn about the application process for other uses, such as:
Submit it to the Office of Special Park Uses at least two weeks in advance of the activity, more if the activity entails significant impacts to park operations. Please remember to enclose a cashier's check, or money order for $50 or contact us for credit card payment, to cover non-refundable application costs. Send the completed application along with the application fee in the form of a credit card, cashier's check, money order or personal check made payable to National Park Service to:
Office of Special Park Uses
For more information: contact the Chief Ranger by email or (715) 779-3398 ext. 1801.
Commercial Filming and Photography
Commercial Filming Permits on Park Land
Effective October 28, 2022, the National Park Service (NPS) has rescinded interim guidance that was in place during litigation regarding commercial filming and has returned to longstanding laws and regulations governing commercial filming in parks. Under federal law, all commercial filming that occurs within a unit of the National Park System requires a permit.
The following types of filming activities may occur in areas open to the public without a permit and without advance notice to the NPS:
The organizer of any other type of filming activity must contact the park and provide written notice to the Superintendent at least 10 days prior to the start of the proposed activity. Based upon the information provided, the Superintendent may require the organizer to apply for and obtain a permit if necessary to:
If the Superintendent determines that the terms and conditions of a permit could not mitigate the concerns identified above in an acceptable manner, the Superintendent may deny a filming request without issuing a permit. The Superintendent will provide the basis for denial in writing upon request.
The following are prohibited:
Violating a term or condition of a permit issued under to this action may also result in the suspension and revocation of the permit by the Superintendent.
When is a permit needed?
Still photographers require a permit only when:
How do I apply for a permit?
Submit it to the Office of Special Park Uses with no less than 30 days before the start date of the proposed activity to allow sufficient time for evaluation by the park staff. Include a check, money order, or call for credit card payment of $50 to cover non-refundable application costs. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the National Park Service. Location Fees are also required based on the number of crew and by days filming or photographing. Send the completed application to:
Office of Special Park Uses
Generally, permits are not required for:
For more information: contact the Chief Ranger by email or (715) 779-3398 ext.1801.
Last updated: November 2, 2022