Commercial Use Authorization Stipulations

2022 Park Specific Stipulations - Katmai National Park & Preserve
Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve
Alagnak Wild River

P.O. Box 7 – King Salmon, AK 99613 – (907) 683-9553

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. Self-report any state, federal or local law or regulation violation made by the CUA holder, guides or other employees of the CUA holder, during the term of your CUA. Self-reporting includes disclosing detailed information such as charges, fines/tickets, convictions, forfeiting collateral, etc. related to any state, federal or local law/regulation violations (minor traffic violations excluded).
  2. Notification of any violations mentioned above must be made to the Katmai Chief Ranger (907-246-2127) within 24 hours or as soon as practicable following the incident, and in writing as directed.
  3. The CUA holder and its employees 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. The Park will forward to the CUA holder complaints the Park receives regarding the provision of services under their CUA permit. The CUA holder must investigate and respond in writing to the Park concerning the complainant within two weeks of receipt.

  5. Any commercial trip shall be limited to a group size of 15 persons except as otherwise specified. Group size is defined as all employees, clients, and guests of a CUA holder within a quarter mile radius for day trips and a one-half mile radius for overnight trips.
  1. In the Brooks River Corridor, any commercial trip shall be limited to a group size of 6 persons. The Brooks River Corridor is defined as the area within the Brooks Camp Developed Area upriver from the bridge to the outlet of Brooks Lake to include lands within 50 yards of the ordinary high-water mark on each side of the Brooks River. Group size is defined as all employees, clients, and guests of a CUA holder within a 100 yard radius.
  2. 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 National Park & Preserve. Structures found at Swikshak, Nonvianuk, and Amalik Bay in Katmai National Park and the Aniakchak Bay cabin in Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve are for administrative use only.
  3. Only dead and down wood may be collected for use as fuel for campfires 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 #5 above may not be collected. The use of chainsaws is not permitted in Katmai National Park and Preserve.
  4. No personal or business property of any kind may be stored or left unattended for more than 48 hours without written permission from the park superintendent. Fuel caches, stored for any length of time, must have prior written approval. All requests must be submitted to the Commercial Services Office for superintendent review/approval. Requests must include the reason for storage, a map showing the exact location of the proposed storage site with GPS coordinates (if available), and dates of use. If approved, all property must be removed from the park on or before November 15. Notification that the property was removed must be sent to the Commercial Services Office.
  5. Any bear encounter where bear(s) contact camps or gear or approach humans in an aggressive manner, must be reported to the Commercial Services 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.
  6. 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 Commercial Services Office within 24 hours of the incident.
  7. 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.
  8. The formation known as “Nursery Rock” at Hallo Bay is off limits to CUA operators and their clients.
  9. CUA holders shall ensure that all clients have read the Bear and Aviation Safety handout provided by the NPS.
  10. CUA holders are REQUIRED to attend an annual business partner meeting either in person or via telephone. Operators unable to attend due to extenuating circumstances must notify the NPS and submit a certification report, available from the park, acknowledging that they and their staff have reviewed the required park information prior to beginning operations. Holders will be notified in advance of online postings, requirements, and/or meeting locations.
  1. Campsites shall be established in any one location 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 Commercial Services Office 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 hard-sided containers when it is not being prepared or consumed. See 36 CFR 2.10(d). A list of approved hard-sided containers can be obtained at The use of a bear fence in conjunction with hard-sided containers is recommended.
  4. Katmai National Park and Preserve 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 – hard-sided 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 must 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 Commercial Services Office 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. When in operation, the CUA holder must escort all clients to the Brooks Camp Visitor Center (or Brooks Lake food cache on East wind days) immediately upon arrival for the required bear orientation unless the guide is a current Brooks River Guide participant. Dates and hours of operation for the Brooks Camp Visitor Center can be found at and may change seasonally due to staffing.
  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. Only the CUA holder may make reservations for the commercial use of the Brooks Camp campground.
  2. CUA holders must request login credentials from the Katmai National Park & Preserve’s Commercial Services Office to reserve campground space. CUA holders must utilize these government provided login credentials to make reservations on for any commercial trip.
  3. A maximum of twelve (12) reservations (persons) per night are available for commercial use each day.
  4. Each CUA holder is limited to 14 days per calendar year with a maximum of 7 days in July. This limitation includes guides as well as clients.
  5. Except as provided above, the campground at Brooks Camp and/or any of its related facilities shall not be used for, or in support of, commercial activities.

Last updated: November 8, 2021