Backcountry Camping Permits
Backcountry Hiking Permits
Backcountry permits allowing access to Klondike Beach are issued at both entrance stations. There is a limit of 25 permits issued per day at an administrative cost of $10.00. Permits are sold on a first come first served basis, until the quota is reached. Permits may be suspended for operational safety. Hikers must be out of the park by closing time.
Special Park Use Permits
• Provide a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large;
• Require written authorization and some degree of management control from the NPS in order to protect park resources and the public interest;
• Are not prohibited by law or regulation.
Wedding Permit Application Supplemental Information
Group size limits & authorized event locations
Canaveral National Seashore can accommodate smaller wedding groups with a permit, which do not exceed 20 participants, and which will require no more than 15 parking spaces. Both the Playalinda and Apollo District have a designated location which is most suitable for holding small wedding ceremonies. These locations were selected based on parking availability, ease of beach access, and in order to minimize interference to other park visitors who are not event participants. Exceptions to the above guidelines will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and require special approval by the Superintendent or Chief Ranger.
Payment of Guest or Participant Entrance Fee
While a Special Park Use permit covers the entrance fee for the permit holder, it does not waive entrance fees for guests or participants. Often we are asked, particularly for weddings, if arrangements can be made for the permittee to pay the entrance fees of guests or other participants. Unfortunately, we no longer accept advance payments for guests as part of the permit process. This is because experience has shown that more often than not, the number of anticipated guests does not match the number of guests who actually arrive for the event. This discrepancy typically results in processing of refunds, or attempting to collect additional entrance fees after the event has ended.
To accommodate permittees who may wish to pay their guest’s entrance fees, the following option is available; either the permittee, or a designated individual may remain at the entrance station fee booth as guests arrive. The Visitor Use Assistant on duty will keep count of the authorized guests or participants with you, and payment will be made after you indicate the last anticipated guest or participant has arrived. Persons arriving for your event after that transaction has been completed will be charged the normal entrance fee, if they do not have a valid park pass. In such cases, any entrance fee reimbursement would be the responsibility of the permittee.
Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) Permits
Canaveral National Seashore is no longer issuing CUA's for Commercial Charter Fishing, Kayaking, or Guides within Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. If you need to renew your CUA for Charter Fishing, Kayaking or Guided tours, within the refuge, please contact the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge at (321) 861-5601.
For those needing a Commercial Use Authorization permit for use only in Canaveral National Seashore, the north end of the Mosquito Lagoon, you will need a CUA for the National Park Service.
Commercial Harvesting Permits
Commercial Harvesting Permits coincide with the fiscal year, the fiscal year begins on Oct 1st and ends on Sep 30th.
The cost for this permit is $150. A permit is required for each individual engaged in the commercial harvesting of clams, crabs, fish, oysters, shrimp and bait fish within the boundaries of Canaveral National Seashore and/or Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. Commercial Harvesting Permits may NOT be used for Commercial Guide Services.
Commercial Harvesting Catch Log Form - Monthly Catch Log Submissions Are Required (even if you were not engaged in commercial fishing activity during the reporting month) Please submit your monthly catch log report each month via USPS, fax, in person, or email to: kristen_kneifl @ nps.gov
Mail to: Canaveral National Seashore, 212 S. Washington Avenue, Titusville, FL 32796 ; Fax to: (321) 264-2906
Please do not submit a year's worth of monthly reports.
Last updated: September 5, 2019