The permit system is intended to help assure, to the extent possible, that the activities that may be taking place on any given day will not conflict with each other or with general visitor activities. Please note that all applications, unless determined to be a First Amendment activity, must be accompanied by a payment for initial processing. The application processing cost for special use applications is $50. These activities require some degree of management from the National Park Service if there is the potential for interference with visitor use, or possible impact on park resources.
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 that require some degree of management from the National Park Service to protect park resources and the public interest. Some examples of special events that require permits are:sporting events, public spectator attractions, festivals, concerts, weddings, ceremonies, cultural programs, andcommercial filming activities.
First Amendment Activities
Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. Some examples of special events that require permits are:distribution and/or sale of printed matter, religious services, public demonstrations or assemblies, etc., and collecting signatures for petitions.
Special Use Permit Application
If you believe that the NPS property in Cross Plains would be a good place for your special event please complete a Special Use Permit Application and submit it by mail to the address listed below. When submitting your special use application include the $50 processing fee . If you have any questions that have not been answered on this page, please call the park at 608-798-8700 or contact us via the e-mail below.