Permits & Reservations

Special Use Permits

Special use permits authorize activities that benefit an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large; and that require written authorization and management control in order to protect the park resources and public interest. The following information applies to Fort Clatsop, Fort Clatsop Visitor Center and surrounding area and trails including the Fort to Sea Trail east of Highway 101, Middle Village/Station Camp, Dismal Nitch, Salt Works and Netul Landing. For special use permits for Fort Steven State Park, Ecola State Park and Fort to Sea Trail west of Highway 101 contact Oregon State Parks and Recreation. For special use permits for Cape Disappointment State Park and Fort Columbia State Park contact Washington State Parks and Recreation.

Activities and Events

Public spectator attractions, entertainment, and encampments may be permitted by the park when, in the determination of park staff:

  • there is a meaningful association between the park area and the event; and
  • the event will contribute to visitor understanding of the significance of the park area.

The National Park Service will not permit the public staging of special events that are:

  • conducted primarily for the material or financial benefit of organizers or participants; or

  • are commercial in nature; or
  • that demand in-park advertising or publicity; or
  • which charge a separate public admission fee.

Parking at Middle Village/Station Camp for Weddings at St. Mary's Church

A Special Event Permit is required to park at Middle Village/Station Camp when conducting a wedding at St. Mary's Church in McGowan, Washington.
The church is not located on park property.To arrange a wedding at St. Mary's Church please contact the Parish office at (360) 642-2002.

Permit Application for Activities/Events

Commercial Filming

Changes to Commercial Filming Permits on Park Land

On January 22, 2021, the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Price v. Barr determining the permit and fee requirements applying to commercial filming under 54 USC 100905, 43 CFR Part 5, and 36 CFR Part 5 are unconstitutional. The National Park Service is currently determining how this decision will be implemented.

Following the recent court decision, the National Park Service will not be implementing or enforcing the commercial filming portions of 43 CFR Part 5 until further notice, including accepting applications, issuing permits, enforcing the terms and conditions of permits, issuing citations related to permits, or collecting cost recovery and location fees for commercial filming activities.

As regulations regarding commercial filming permits are being reassessed, those interested in commercial filming activities on land managed by the National Park Service are encouraged to contact the park directly for more information about filming in the park and to discuss how to minimize potential impacts to visitors and sensitive park resources.

  • Do I need a permit to film?

    Currently, the National Park Service is not issuing commercial filming permits, but is in the process of evaluating how best to regulate filming activities that affect visitors and park resources. All applicable laws and regulations governing activities and public use in parks still apply, including park hours and areas open and closed to the public. Videographers, filmers, producers, directors, and other staff associated with commercial filming are reminded that rules and regulations that apply to all park visitors still apply to filming activities even if no permit is needed for their activity. Check with the park staff for more information on closures, sensitive resources, and other safety tips.

  • Are filmers still required to pay fees to film in parks?

    As of January 22, 2021, the National Park Service is no longer collecting application or location fees, or cost recovery for filming.

Filming Within Fort Clatsop

Due to the limited size and capacity of Fort Clatsop, we encourage filmers to notify the park ahead of time. The rooms in the fort are 16 ft (4.9m) by 10 ft (3m) with limited light and electricity. It may be beneficial to schedule filming either before or after the hours that the site is open to the public.

Still Photography

Still photography activities require a permit only when:

  • the activity takes place at location(s) where or when members of the public are generally not allowed; or
  • the activity uses model(s), set(s), or prop(s) that are not a part of the location's natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities; or
  • the park would incur additional administrative costs to monitor the activity; or
  • the park needs to provide management and oversight to:
    • avoid impairment or incompatible use of the resources and values of the park, or
    • limit resource damage, or
    • minimize health or safety risks to the visiting public.

News coverage does not require a permit, but is subject to time, place, and manner restrictions, if warranted, to maintain order and ensure the safety of the public and the media and protect natural and cultural resources.

Permit Application for Photography

Permit Applications

You must allow two weeks (excluding weekends and holidays) for the park to process your request.

A non-refundable application fee is required. Please send a personal check, cashier's check or money order payable to National Park Service or pay on site with a credit card. Additional administrative costs, cost recovery or facilities use cost may also be charged.

Permit Application for Activities/Events

Permit Application for Photography


The National Park Service is required by law to recover the cost of providing goods, resources or service to support or facilitate special park uses. These costs include administrative costs, management costs, and location fees.
* Please note that all still photography permits are subject to cost recovery and a location fee.

  1. Administrative Cost: The administrative cost for a Special Use Permit is $50, made payable to the National Park Service. This amount covers the administrative cost of processing your request. This fee is due at the time the application form is submitted. This amount is non-refundable.

  2. Management Cost: Project that require NPS personnel for activities such as resource protection and oversight or entry into closed areas will also incur management costs, including staffing costs.

  3. Location Fee: The location fee is calculated per day and is based on the following national schedule. It is determined by the type of activity and the number of people on the park lands associated with the permitted activity. Please note that there is no deviation from the schedule.

National Park Service Location Fee Schedule

Commercial Still Photography

  • 1-10 people - $50/day

  • 11-30 people - $150/day

  • Over 30 people - $250/day

Certificate of Insurance

The National Park Service requires a Certificate of Insurance, listing the United States as "additionally insured" for the date(s) of the event or activity. This liability coverage includes operations, personal injury, product liability, property damage and loss, and other necessary categories to be listed in the permit (range: $1,000,000 to $5,000,000.)

Additional Information

For more information or questions on park facilities please contact: Jill Harding (503) 861-4421 or email



Groups of 10 or more people require a reservation in order to best accommodate the group as well as other visitors.

School groups please click here for more information.

Tour groups please click here for more information.

Last updated: April 12, 2021

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