Permits & Reservations

Runners at LIRI for the 8th Annual Canyon Half Marathon 2019
Runners competing in the 8th Annual Canyon Half Marathon

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Permits

What types of activities require a permit?

* Organized Events such as (but not limited to) weddings,baptisms, and races require a Special Use Permit.
* Photography/Filming may require a Filming Permit, contact the park for more information.
* All Commercial Use activities require a Commercial Use Permit

 

Special Use Permits

Any organized event (such as, but not limited to: Baptisms, Weddings, Organized Group Activities, etc.) requires a Special Use Permit. A nonrefundable processing fee of $50 must accompany this application (unless the requested use is an exercise of a First Amendment right) 10 business day prior to the event. You must allow sufficient time for the park to process your request; check with the park for guidelines. You will be notified of the status of the application and the necessary steps to secure your final permit.

Filming Permits

All commercial filming activities taking place within a unit of the National Park system require a permit. Commercial filming means the film, electronic, magnetic, digital, or other recording of a moving image by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience with the intent of generating income.

You should submit a completed Filming/Photography Application along with the $250 application fee 14 business days prior to your planned date. In addition, you should request a meeting with park staff if your proposed activity is unusual or complex. Early consultation with park staff will help them process the application in a timely manner once it is submitted.

Commercial Use Permits

Commercial Use Permits allows and individual, group, company, or other for-profit entity to conduct commercial activities and provide specific visitor service within a natinoal park unit. Depending on the park, this can include guided rock climbing, bike tours, kayak trips, photography workshops, fishing trips,and much more.

Federal law mandates the NPS issue Commercial Use Permits only for commercial activites and visitor services that:

  • are determined to be an appropriate use of the park
  • will have minimal impact on the park resources and values, and
  • are consistent with the park purpose, management plan, policies, and regulations.

You should submit your Commercial Use Permit Application and non-refundable application fee (cost determined by the park) 14 buisiness days prior to the event - in some cases, the park may require more time. Your permit may require the payment of cost recovery charges and proof of liability insurance naming the United States of America an additional insured. All permit applications are subject to approval.

Why are there fees?

The National Park Service is authorized to collect two fees: cost recovery and a location fee. Cost recovery includes an application fee which must be submitted with your application as well as a charge to cover the costs incurred by the National Park Service in processing your request and monitoring your permit.

In addition, the National Park Service has been directed by Congress to collect a fee to provide a fair return to the United States for the use of park lands.

Are there other permit requirements?

You will be required to obtain liability insurance (Commercial Use only) naming the United States as additionally insured in an amount commensurate with the risk posed to park resources by your proposed activity. You may also be asked to post a bond to ensure payment of all charges and fees and the restoration of the area if necessary.

 

Reservations


Reservations are not used at Little River Canyon National Preserve. All of our areas are first-come, first-served, including picnic areas and pavilions.

The tables at Canyon Mouth Park and Little River Falls will be full during peak seasons - come early to get a good spot, or enjoy one of the tables at many of the overlooks on Little River Canyon Rim Parkway (State Route 176) on the west side of the canyon.

We hope you have an enjoyable visit!

Last updated: December 10, 2019

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4322 Little River Trail NE
Suite 100

Fort Payne, AL 35967

Phone:

(256) 845-9605 x201

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