The following information will help you plan your wedding at Buffalo National River. A Special Use Permit is required to hold a wedding within Buffalo National River. Until a Special Use Permit is approved and issued, the requested date and location cannot be guaranteed. Follow the guidelines below to ensure that your permit is in place in time for your special occasion.
Permit Application Procedure
Requests for a permit application may be made in person at park headquarters, via telephone, email or letter. The application form may be downloaded from the park website. A completed application and the non-refundable application fee are required before an application can be processed. Park contact information is:
The information on the application will be used by NPS staff to evaluate the impact of the proposed activity on park resources and visitors. If your application is approved, a Special Use Permit sent to you for your signature. Upon receipt, please review, sign and return the permit to our office for the Superintendent’s signature. After the Superintendent signs the permit, a copy of the permit will be forwarded to you. The approved, signed permit copy must be in your possession at the time of the event.
Please submit your application at least 15 business days before the start of the proposed activity. Requests which involve multiple locations, complex logistics or coordination with other visitor activities will require a minimum of 20 working days to process. Projects which require environmental or cultural resource evaluation must be submitted not less than 60 days before the start of proposed activities. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.
Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant. Applications cannot be approved without the correct application fee and a valid social security number or Federal Tax Identification number.
Weddings are permitted at Buffalo National River in a number of locations. The more popular sites are Tyler Bend and Buffalo Point. A visit to the park is highly recommended prior to finalizing your plans in order to decide on a location for your wedding. Some locations are only available during specific times of the year. Please contact the Commercial Services Office to inquire about a particular location. Once you determine your location, please indicate the specific location on the application. The Special Use Permit does not allow your ceremony to restrict other park visitors from your chosen location nor does it guarantee you a specific site. If you desire a pavilion, you will need to make reservations at www.recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777. If you are interested in reserving facilities operated by our concessioner at Buffalo Point, please contact Buffalo Point Concessions at 870-449-6206. If you are interested in holding your wedding at the Tyler Bend or Buffalo Point Amphitheater, please contact the Commercial Services office at 870-365-2702 or 870-365-2724. Please note that a permit is required for weddings at Buffalo National River in addition to any reservations for specific locations.
Group Size Limits
There are limits to group sizes depending on the location in which you choose. Many pavilions can accommodate up to 100 people. Other locations may only be able to accommodate up to 25 people. Please contact the Commercial Services Office to inquire about the specific location you are interested in. Please note the maximum group size for wedding permits is 125 people – this includes the entire wedding party, photographer, etc.
The authority for the National Park Service to recover and retain costs associated with managing special park uses is found at 54 U.S.C.§ 103104. Charges established for a special park use under this authority are intended to recover costs associated with managing that activity and not to generate revenue beyond actual cost. If any additional costs are incurred, the permittee will be billed at the conclusion of the permit.
Terms & Conditions To maintain park natural and cultural resources and quality visitor experiences the following conditions and requirements apply to Special Use Permits for weddings:
Last updated: October 30, 2020