Special Use Permits

Special Park Use Permits are required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large. Additionally, such acitvities usually require some degree of management by National Park Service (NPS) staff to protect park resources and the interests of the general public. Special Use Permits enable the NPS to ensure that the natural and cultural resources of the park are protected and that the permitted activity does not interfere with the enjoyment of the park by other visitors.

Examples of activities that may require a Special Use Permit are sporting events, festivals, weddings, and large group picnics.

If you would like to apply for a Special Use Permit or have questions about them, please contact the Permit Coordinator at 409-673-3303.

Links to Special Use Permit applications are below. Please send the completed application to
Special Use Permit Coordinator
Big Thicket National Preserve
6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625

All submissions must include a $200 application fee. There may be additional charges for events that require NPS personnel for permit monitoring, public safety, traffic control, trash removal, or property damage.

General Application for Special Use Permit

Application for Commercial Filming/Still Photography

Application for Special Vehicle/Watercraft Use

Last updated: June 21, 2018

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Mailing Address:

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625


(409) 951-6800

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