Commercial Use Authorization Stipulations

2018 Park Specific Stipulations - Katmai National Park & Preserve
Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve
Alagnak Wild River

P.O. Box 7 - King Salmon, AK 99613 - 907-246-3305 phone - 907-246-2116 fax

The following specific provisions (in addition to the National and Regional Conditions of the Authorization), are applicable to those commercial activities and areas authorized through a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA):

Park Wide Stipulations

  1. The CUA holder is responsible for ensuring that their employees are aware of and comply with all applicable state and federal laws, including but not limited to Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Katmai National Park & Preserve (NP&P) Compendium Regulations, and hunting and fishing regulations for the areas in which they are guiding.
  2. The CUA holder shall ensure that each of its employees receives training in and receives a copy of its CUA including all conditions and stipulations. The National Park Service (NPS) reserves the right to request written certification that all employees have received training in and reviewed a copy of the CUA including all conditions, stipulations and the attached compendium.
  3. The CUA Holder must comply with any direction from a uniformed NPS employee. The NPS employee will have the authority to make all decisions to assure compliance with this authorization, applicable laws, regulation and policy.
  4. Excluding Brooks Camp Developed Area, any commercial trip will be limited to a group size of 15 persons including the CUA holder’s employees.
  5. The use of Public Use Cabins in support of commercial activities is prohibited. Fure’s Cabin is the only designated public use cabin in Katmai NP&P. Structures found at Swikshak, Nonvianuk, and Amalik Bay in Katmai National Park (NP) and the Aniakchak Bay cabin in Aniakchak are for administrative use only.
  6. Only dead and down wood may be collected for use as fuel for camp fires within the NPS boundaries. Standing dead wood, leaning dead wood or any wood associated with historic structures or historic features or those cabins identified in #4 above may not be collected. The use of chainsaws is not permitted in Katmai National Park.
  7. All fuel caches must have prior written approval from the Superintendent. A written request to the Chief Ranger must include the exact location of the proposed fuel cache including a map and GPS coordinates (if available), dates of use, and the reason for the cache. If approved, all fuel caches must be removed from the park on or before November 15.
  8. No personal or business property of any kind may be stored or left unattended for more than 48 hours without written permission of the Superintendent.
  9. Any bear encounter where bear(s) contact camps or gear or approach humans in an aggressive manner, must be reported to the Katmai Dispatch Office within 24 hours of the incident. The report must include: date of incident, location, number, and if possible, sex/age of bear(s), type of bear action (destroy gear, obtain food, charge people, etc.), the human response (bear spray, move camp, kill bear, etc.), people involved and contact phone numbers/email.
  10. Any discharge of firearms, bear spray, signal flares or any other device/substances intended to frighten/repel wildlife in response to an encounter with a bear or other wildlife must be reported to the Katmai Dispatch Office within 24 hours of the incident.
  11. At Hallo Bay, Swikshak, Amalik Bay/Geographic Harbor and Crosswind Lake area including the area defined as no camping along Moraine/Funnel Creeks in the compendium, commercial operators and their clients must remove all solid human waste and toilet paper. Wagbag, CleanWaste and other commercial privy systems are acceptable.
  12. Bear viewing/photography/camping/hiking will not be allowed on the formation known as “Nursery Rock” at Hallo Bay.
  13. CUA operators will print and ensure that all clients have read the Bear and Aviation Safety handout provided by the NPS.
  14. CUA owners will submit an annual activity report by November 15th. These annual reports must detail monthly activity and be submitted electronically using the “Excel” spreadsheet available on the Alaska Region CUA website and sent via email to If preferred, monthly reporting about Visitor User Days remains optional and can be submitted to
  1. Camping in any one location is authorized for no more than 14 calendar days. Once that location has been utilized for 14 calendar days (whether it is an entire calendar day or only a portion thereof), the permittee is required to move at least two miles and may not re-establish a campsite in the same location for at least five days. Location is defined as all points within a two mile radius of the first night’s campsite. Campsites must be documented in the activity report. Extensions may be requested through the Chief Ranger and authorized by the Superintendent.
  2. Campsites shall not remain vacant for more than 24 hours. The establishment of a campsite, camping or staging area without clients physically in camp is limited to one day prior to the arrival of the clients and one day after the departure of the clients. The initial setup day and the departure day count toward the total of 14 calendar days.
  3. All food and garbage at the campsite must be contained in bear resistant containers when it is not being prepared or consumed. See 36 CFR 2.10(d). A list of approved bear resistant containers can be obtained at At this time, however, the Ursack is not approved for use in Katmai, Aniakchak and Alagnak park units. A bear fence is recommended in conjunction with bear resistant containers.
  4. Katmai NP&P and Alagnak Wild River contain private lands within its boundary. This CUA does not bestow any privilege for the use of those lands. It is the responsibility of the CUA holder to learn the locations of these lands and obtain permission before use.
American Creek
  1. The use of vessels (boats and rafts with or without motors) is prohibited on American Creek, except non-motorized float trips that originate on Hammersly Lake and end at Lake Coville.
  1. All watercraft utilized under this CUA must be identified on the CUA application and are considered commercial watercraft at all times. Watercraft must be legibly marked with the company name or service-marked logo of the CUA holder on the outside of the boat.
  2. Watercraft utilized by the CUA may be used for access to and from NPS lands and waters to support CUA operations; however, watercraft may not be left unattended on NPS lands except as may be necessary for limited periods while the CUA holder is guiding clients in the field. Watercraft must be made as bear-resistant as possible – bear resistant food containers are required for food storage in unattended watercraft.
  3. Unattended long-term boat storage is prohibited. At the conclusion of each guided trip, watercraft must be retrieved and removed from the field with the clients unless prior permission is obtained from the Superintendent.
  1. Radio frequency 122.9 will be utilized to announce intentions for landing and taking off.
  2. All aircraft and pilots operating under this CUA must be identified on the CUA application. Any changes must be transmitted to the Katmai Chief Ranger prior to affected aircraft and/or pilots operating within park boundaries.
  3. Landing, taking off or taxiing within 50 yards of a bear is prohibited.
  4. Except as may be required by FAA regulations or other applicable law, CUA operated aircraft must maintain 1000’AGL or higher in the vicinity of the Swikshak Meadows and the Hallo Bay Meadows except as required for take-off and landing.
Brooks Camp Developed Area
  1. The CUA holder must ensure that all clients proceed to the NPS Visitor Center immediately upon arrival for the required bear orientation unless guide is a current Brooks River Guide.
  2. Aircraft must maintain 1000’AGL in the vicinity of Brooks Camp as per the requirement in the Alaska Supplement for Katmai National Park, Lake Brooks Seaplane.
  3. Aircraft surface operations are limited to idle maneuvers within 200 yards of Brooks Beach on Naknek Lake. Step-taxi operations, initiations of takeoff and landings within this zone are prohibited.
  4. Power-on, negative pitch beaching operations of turbine powered craft are prohibited.
  5. Loading or unloading passengers or cargo from aircraft must be done only when the engine or engines are completely shut down. “Hot loading” or “Hot unloading” of passengers or cargo is prohibited.
  6. Other than during the loading or unloading of passengers or cargo, aircraft or watercraft may not be parked in the following area:
    1. On Naknek Lake between the mouth of the Brooks River and the NPS flagpole.
    2. On Brooks Lake within 60 feet either side of the cleared ramp area adjacent to the picnic tables.

Brooks Camp Campground

  1. CUA holders must utilize government provided login credentials and make reservations on for any trip authorized under this permit.
  2. A CUA with its guide and clients, is limited to 14 days per calendar year with a maximum of 7 days in July. This limitation includes guides as well as clients.
  3. A maximum of 12 reservations (persons) per night are available for use by CUA holders.
  4. Except as provided above, the campground at Brooks Camp and/or any of its related facilities will not be used for, or in support of, commercial activities.

Last updated: June 25, 2018