Commercial Use Authorization Stipulations

2022 Park Specific Stipulations - Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

General Delivery - Port Alsworth, AK 99653 - 907-781-2218 phone
240 West 5th Avenue, Suite 236 - Anchorage, AK 99501 - 907-644-3626 phone

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):

  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 Lake Clark Chief Ranger (907-644-3647) within 24 hours or as soon as practicable following the incident, and in writing as directed.
  3. The CUA holder, guides and other employees of 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 the CUA, applicable laws, regulations, 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. Excluding commercial guided camping, all commercial trips shall be limited to a group size of 15 persons including the CUA holder's guides and other employees. Commercially guided campsites shall be limited to a group size of 8. Group size is defined as all guides, other employees, clients, and guests of any CUA holder within a one-half mile radius.

Items 6, 7, 8 Apply only to activities within ½ mile of the coast of the Cook Inlet

  1. All camping facilities, shelters, structures and equipment (excluding aircraft, vessels, vehicles, and other motorized transportation) must be enclosed within an active and functioning bear resistant electric fence when camping within ½ mile of the Cook Inlet coastline of Lake Clark National Park & Preserve. This regulation does not supersede, modify, or otherwise effect requirements for the use of a bear resistant food container or alternative approved food storage methods.
  2. No tent, shelter, tarp or other camp structure may exceed 12 feet in length or width, and may not exceed 8 feet in height. Individual components of a camp may not be attached to each other to exceed the above dimensions.
  3. Overall camp dimensions shall not exceed 40 feet by 20 feet except that aircraft, vessels and other transportation may be parked outside of the footprint. Structures and equipment erected for the preparation and consumption of food should be placed outside of the footprint in accordance with bear country recommendations however the additional footprint may not exceed 20 feet by 20 feet.
  4. After a camp has remained in one location for 14 consecutive calendar days in a given season (whether it is an entire calendar day or only a portion thereof), the same CUA holder may not reestablish a camp in the same location for at least five days. Location is defined as all points within a 2 mile radius of the first night’s campsite. Camps must be documented in the activity report.
  5. Camps shall not remain vacant more than 24 hours. The establishment of a camp, 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.
  6. 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 A bear fence is recommended in conjunction with bear resistant containers in most areas of the park and required under the circumstances described in condition #6.
  7. Only dead wood from the ground may be collected for use as fuel for campfires. Live trees, standing dead wood, leaning dead wood or wood associated with historic structures or historic features may not be collected for any reason. The use of chainsaws is prohibited within Lake Clark National Park.
  8. 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.
  9. No personal or business property of any kind may be stored or left unattended for more than 24 hours without written permission from the Superintendent.
  10. Unattended 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 written permission is obtained from the Superintendent.
  11. All bear viewing activity in Chinitna Bay is limited to the outer beach or the existing designated bear viewing sites (NPS 1, NPS 2, NPS 3) as indicated on the Chinitna Bay site map (attached). A maximum of 20 persons may occupy each bear viewing site at any one time. Access to the existing designated bear viewing sites is an established trail from the beach to the site. No travel is authorized north of the tidal slough or through the grasslands between the slough and the beach. Please respect private property in this area (see Chinitna Bay site map for details).
  12. Any bear encounter where bear(s) contact camps or gear or approach humans in an aggressive manner, must be reported to the Lake Clark Chief Ranger within 24 hours or as soon as practicable following 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.
  13. 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 Lake Clark Chief Ranger within 24 hours or as soon as practicable following the incident.
  14. NPS lands within the Kijik National Historic Landmark are restricted from commercial operations. With an approved CUA, use of the banks of the Kijik and Little Kijik Rivers to engage in approved commercial activities is permitted within 100 feet of the waterline. River access via existing routes is encouraged. See Kijik NHL map for details and follow the Compendium 2.14 (a)(9) human waste requirements as outlined.
  15. Within ½ mile of the mouth of Shelter Creek and within ½ mile of the shoreline of Crescent Lake, commercial operators and their clients must carry out all solid human waste and toilet paper from Lake Clark National Park & Preserve. Cleanwaste, Restop and other commercial privy systems approved for landfill disposal are appropriate.
  16. CUA holders must confirm their clients have viewed the film, A Day on the Lake Clark National Park Coastline, prior to visits to Silver Salmon Creek, Chinitna Bay, Shelter Creek or Tuxedni Bay or A Trip to Crescent Lake for visits to Crescent Lake. CUA holders may do this by either showing the film and a representative of the CUA holder certifying their clients have seen the film, or CUA holders may provide visitors with access to the film before the trip and provide verification from their clients that they have viewed the film. The NPS may request written viewing certification any time during the operating year.
  17. The 11 minute Coastline film is available on DVD, portable external drive, at, on YouTube at, and audio described at The 11 minute Crescent Lake film is available at, on YouTube at, and audio described at Both films are appropriate for viewing in any format including mobile devices.
  18. 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 sedge meadows at Silver Salmon Creek and Chinitna Bay, except as may be required for take-off and landing.
  19. 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.
  20. The Lake Clark National Park & Preserve CUA Monitoring Fee of $6.00 per person, per day (excludes guides), is due on or before November 15th annually.
Chinitna Bay Bear Meadow Closure Map

Kijik NHL Commercial Restriction Map

Last updated: November 8, 2021