Commercial Use Authorization Stipulations

2019 Park Specific Stipulations - Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

4175 Geist Road - Fairbanks, AK 99709 - 907-457-5752 phone - 907-455-0601 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):

All Holders either dropping off clients or starting a guiding trip in the preserve area are asked to encourage their clients to call the Eagle National Park Service Office to receive current safety information on the water conditions of the Charley River. Holders are also encouraged to distribute voluntary trip reports to clients prior to departure. The voluntary trip report includes names of individuals, point of departure, destination, type/color of vessel, type/color of shelter, emergency contact numbers, and expected completion date.

Yukon-Charley will mail these packets to Holders for distribution. Packets will include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for clients to mail to the preserve upon trip completion. Clients may contact the National Park Service via telephone at 907-547-2233, fax at 907-547-2247 or mail at Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, P.O. Box 167, Eagle, Alaska 99738.

ANILCA allows for helicopter access for recreational use of the Charley River. Helicopter pilots will abide by the following:

  • Requests for landing approval must be submitted to the Superintendent at least 24 hours in advance, may be telephonic, and must include the following information: Landing locations, type of visitor activity, complete description of helicopter, names of persons on board. Approved landings must be done 10 miles up from the confluence of the Copper and Charley Rivers (at the 3 Finger Charley bush strip).
  • The following areas do not require advance landing approval from the Superintendent:
    • Confluence of Crescent Creek and the Charley River
    • The airstrip located ten miles above the confluence of Copper Creek and the Charley River.
  • Any other potential landing areas in the Preserve must have prior approval.
The Holder is requested to adhere to the following procedures:
  • Maintain a lateral distance of at least ½ mile from wildlife, nesting waterfowl, persons, structures, and/or river bluffs (which may be nesting sites for peregrine falcons).
  • Maintain a flight altitude of at least 2000 feet AGL.
Air Taxi Reporting: Air Taxi must annually submit an Air Taxi Activity Report to report their use. Any transportation provided to hunters, their equipment or game should be shown on the reverse side of the Air Taxi Activity Report. Operators must list GPS coordinates of drop off and pick up locations of all clients as well as list the minor drainage on the activity report. The report is due on or before November 15. Submit the report via email to, via fax to 907-644-3813 or by mail to National Park Service, Concessions Division, 240 West 5th Avenue #114, Anchorage, AK 99501.

Charley River float trips are limited to a total party size of 12 persons including guides and assistants. For the safety of visitors, it is strongly recommended to file a Voluntary Float Plan with the preserve and a friend. To file a float plan, contact the Eagle visitor center (907) 547-2233 or download the form at:

All licensed Big Game Transporter must submit a copy of their State of Alaska’s Big Game Commercial Services Board Transporters Activity Report (Form #08-4349) to the National Park Service, Concessions Division at 240 West 5th Avenue #114, Anchorages, AK 99501 by February 1st of each year. The report can also be faxed to 907 644-3813 but must be received by February 1st. The report must include GPS coordinates.

***Definition: Incidental Big Game Transporter – taken from State of Alaska Statutes and Regulations for Big Game Guides and Transporters ( Sec. 08.54.790) “Incidental” means transportation provided to a big game hunter by an air taxi operator or air carrier who does not charge more than the usual tariff or charter rate for the carriage of big game hunters, their equipment, or big game animals harvested by hunters; or advertise transportation services or big game hunting services to the public; in this subparagraph, “advertise” means soliciting big game hunters to be customers of an air taxi operator or air carrier for the purpose of providing air transportation to, from, or in the field through the use of print or electronic media, including advertising at trade shows, or the use of hunt broker services or other promotional services.

Adequate precautions shall be taken to guard against human/bear encounters. Unattended food caches are not permitted, except when they are associated with an on-going trip and/or occupied campsite or secured in a bear resistant manner. Unattended food and garbage must be properly secured from bears and other wildlife by using National Park Service (NPS) approved bear resistant food containers; suspending items at least 10 feet off the ground and 4 feet horizontally from a tree trunk; or by other techniques subject to NPS approval. Approved bear resistant food containers for Federal Lands can be found at Other types of containers may be approved following inspection by the NPS.

The following provisions apply to commercial winter activities:
  • The use of a snowmobile is permitted when it accompanies guided clients on winter dog sled trips for safety and logistical support; i.e. hauling gear or sick/injured clients, or breaking trail for a dog team. The permit holder may also request to use snowmobiles to break or set trail prior to conducting guided dog sled trips; with the dates, route, and number of machines used subject to the expressed approval of the Park Superintendent. This practice is limited to a maximum of one time per season. Snowmobiles providing logistical support for commercial dog sled trips may only be operated by employees of the permit holder and must use routes where sufficient snow cover exists to prevent vegetation damage and minimize personal safety hazards. Snowmobile use is not permitted for the support of other commercial winter activities, i.e. cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, mountaineering, or snowmobile tours.

  • Sled dogs will be staked out on a picket cable or similar gangline, and not tied individually to trees.
  • Dog food should be heated with a stove.
Human body wastes shall be disposed of further than 100 feet from a water source, high water mark of a body of water, or a campsite [36 CFR 2.14]. Solid human waste should be deposited in a small cathole (6-8” deep) whenever possible or covered by snow in winter. All toilet paper should be burned or packed out. Dog waste must be scattered at least 100 feet from water sources (lakes, streams, and rivers).

Last updated: January 31, 2019