Special Permit Fees

The National Park Service (NPS) requires permits for business activities in NPS areas to protect the park visitor, the business operator, the federal government from liability, and to ensure that commercial activities in the parks are appropriate. Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 5.3 prohibits business activity in NPS areas without a permit.
While permits are required for camping, overnight boating, or scuba diving activities, there are no permit fees.

Isle Royale National Park will no longer require special use permits (SUP) for non-commercial/non-profit groups who are conducting trips to the island for normal recreational activities. Special Use Permits will still be issued for filming in the park and special events, such as weddings, or when conducting any activity that is out of the ordinary or may have an above normal affect on park resources or the wilderness experience (up to the discretion of park management). The annual fee for an SUP is $50. Liability insurance is required.

For-profit groups such as camps, outfitters, tour groups, and any operation providing goods, activities, or service to the general public within the park and which is undertaken for or results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit or profit to an individual, organization, or corporation must obtain a Commercial Use Authorization. The annual fee for a Commercial Use Authorization is $200. Liability insurance is required.

Commercial Filming or Still Photography
All commercial filming or commercial still photography requires a permit and associated fees.

A non-refundable $50 application fee must be included in your application. After favorable review of your application, a Special Use Permit will be prepared and mailed to you for your signature. At that time, a non-refundable permit fee of $100 must be remitted with your signed permit. An additional charge of $50 per hour will be incurred for a National Park Service event monitor for those outdoor activities if needed, excluding those using Forever Resorts facilities.

A non-refundable processing fee of $25 per permit is required for group camping reservations (in addition to the daily per person fee). For more information, look over the group camping webpage.

Last updated: December 30, 2016

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