Permits & Reservations

Boat Tour on Crater Lake


Advance reservations for can be made for the park's motels, one of the park's campgrounds, and boat tours on Crater Lake. These services are operated by the park's concessioner, Crater Lake Hospitality. Reservations can be made online or by calling 866-292-6720.

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Backcountry Permits

Permits are required for overnight backcountry travel in the park. Learn more about obtaining a backcountry permit.

Special Use Permits

Most special events and activities held within the park require a Special Use Permit. A Special Use Permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization, rather than the public at large, and for activities that require some degree of management by the National Park Service. The goal of the park in issuing a permit is to ensure that the permitted activity does not interfere with the enjoyment of the park by other visitors and that the natural and cultural resources of the park are protected.

*Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing. Any application fees must be received prior to processing. Additional fees may apply.

Activities and events that require Special Use Permits include (but are not limited to):

Filming/Photography (permit information, long form application, short form application, map)
Wedding Ceremonies (permit information, map,
Scattering of Ashes (permit information, map)
Other Special Events such as Rallies, Sporting Events, Large Backcountry Camping Groups, Large Picnic Groups, etc. (
Special Use Permits applications and materials may be submitted to:

Crater Lake National Park
Attn: SUP Coordinator
P.O. Box 7
Crater Lake, OR 97604

541-594-3050 (fax)

Commercial Use Authorizations

Commercial Use Authorization permits are required of all individuals, organizations, or businesses who lead commercial trips within the park or in other ways receive monetary gain or profit from commercial activities that take place within the park.

Currently the park allows the following approved services: Bicycle Tours, Camping, Hiking/Walking, Photography Instruction, Road-based Motorized Tours (bus, van, auto, etc), Skiing/Snowshoe Tours.

To apply for a new CUA with the park, please call CUA office at (541) 594-3002 or e-mail us to request copies of the following documents.

Commercial Use Authorization Application with InstructionsPlease read and follow all instructions. Submitting a complete Application packet greatly aids in issuing your authorization in a timely manner.

Commercial Use Authorization Acknowledgement of Risks – Optional form. CUA holder is not permitted to require clients to sign a waiver of liability statement, insurance disclaimer, and/or indemnification agreement. Holder is permitted to request or require a client to sign a form or statement acknowledging risk and/or indication that certain prerequisite skills may be needed to participate in the commercial activity.

Commercial Use Authorization Annual Report Form – To be completed and submitted to the CUA Office at the conclusion of commercial activities for the calendar year.

Second Year CUA Renewal

For renewal of currently valid, second year CUAs, please submit the following documents:

  • Annual Report Form for the previous calendar year
  • Current Certificate of Insurance for Commercial Liability, Automobile Liability, and Worker's Compensation, as required by your CUA. Certificate must inslude U.S. Government as the certificate holder and additional insured.
  • Planned trip itineraries for the upcoming year.
  • List of trip leaders/guides along with copies of current certifications and licenses for each guide. (CPR/First Aid, CDL, etc)
  • Copy of current advertising brochures and/or links to websites.
  • Update copy of you Safety and Risk Management Plan.

Commercial Use Authorization applications and materials may be submitted to:
Crater Lake National Park
Attn: CUA Coordinator
P.O. Box 7
Crater Lake, OR 97604

e-mail us
541-594-3050 (fax)

Contact the CUA Office at 541-594-3002.

Last updated: February 14, 2019

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Mailing Address:

Crater Lake National Park
PO Box 7

Crater Lake , OR 97604


(541) 594-3000

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