CUA / SUP Backcountry Permit Reservation Guide

A Commercial (or Special) Use Authorization (CUA or SUP) is required to operate within North Cascades National Park Service Complex, for day or overnight use, for all commercial groups (both for-profit and non-profit) who provide services within the park. Backcountry Permits are required for all overnight trips in the backcountry and must be obtained at a ranger station by the trip leader prior to entering the backcountry. CUA/SUP permitees may apply for an optional Backcountry Permit Reservation subject to the terms listed below.

All backcountry reservations are processed through Recreation.gov. All CUA/SUP permit holders will need a commercial account on Recreation.gov to manage their reservations.

Reservation Timeline 2023

  • February 15 – March 15: Submit all reservations for current year directly to park staff. Submit as early as possible for best campsite availability. No submissions are accepted after March 15.
  • May 1 and beyond: The General On-Sale for reservations opens on May 1. CUA/SUP permit holders can submit reservations during this time and obtain walk up permits at the Wilderness Information Center, but they must be processed through their commercial accounts.

    Learn more on the North Cascades Backcountry Permit site on Recreation.gov.

Fees and Payment

Reservations cost $20 plus a non-refundable $6 administrative fee. Reservations can be refunded if they are cancelled atleast three days before the trip start date. Payments are processed through Recreation.gov.

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your reservation three or more full days before your reservation date and receive a refund. The $6 reservation fee is non-refundable.

Change Policy: You may make changes to your permit itinerary, if space is available, up until the day before your reservation date. Your start date cannot be changed without cancelling your permit and starting over. Once your permit has been issued, you cannot make changes to the permit unless approved by a ranger at the Wilderness Information Center or permitting office.

Converting Reservations to Backcountry Permits

Reserved permits must be picked up by 11 am of the first day of the trip or they will be cancelled and the reserved site(s) made available to other visitors. If your party cannot meet the 11 am deadline, email the Wilderness Information Center at noca_wilderness@nps.gov to hold your reservation. Some reservations may require remote activations due to closed permit offices, read the instructions on your reservation for more details.

Contact Information

Trip planning assistance: Call the Wilderness Information Center, 360-854-7245.

Commercial Use Authorization questions: Contact the concessions office in Sedro-Woolley, 360-854-7213.

 

Camp Reservation Limits

  • Not all camps are reservable. Please see the following table to determine reservable group sites, which are preferred for CUA/SUP reservations. Use the Wilderness Trip Planner to learn more about individual sites.
  • Additional reservation restrictions apply in certain high use areas, including: Ross Lake, Cascade Pass, and Copper Ridge. See the table below for details.
  • The following camps on the Copper Ridge loop are not reservable between July 1 to Sept 15: Egg Lake, Silesia, Copper Lake and Indian Creek.

Cross Country Zones

  • For each zone, there is a limit of one backcountry trip per night per CUA/SUP
  • Total reservations per zone are limited to 1/3 of the zone capacity (example: 2 of 6 permits reservable for Boston Basin, Sulphide, Price, and Eldorado zones).
  • Some zones are not reservable, but may still be available via a walk-up permit.
 
Camp Maximum Reservation Capacity Reservation Restrictions
39 Mile Stock 12
Beaver Pass Group 12
Bench Creek Group 12
Big Beaver Group 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Boundary Bay Group 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Bridge Creek Group 12
Cat Island Group 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Cottonwood Group 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Dagger Lake 12
Dagger Lake Stock 12
Deerlick Stock 12
Devils Creek Stock 12
Dry Creek Group 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Five Mile Stock 12
Graybeal Stock 12
Green Point Group 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Heaton Stock 12
Hidden Hand Group 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Hidden Meadows Stock 12
Hideaway Group 12
High Bridge Group 12
Hozomeen Lake Group 12
Johannesburg 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Juanita Lake Stock 12
Junction Stock 12
Lightning Creek Group 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Little Beaver Group 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Lodgepole 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
McMillan Group 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Nightmare Group 12
North Fork Group 12
Panther 12
Pelton Basin Group 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Perry Creek Group 12
Ponderosa 12
Rainbow Meadows Group 12
Reynolds Stock 12
Roland Creek Group 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Silver Creek Group 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
South Fork Stock 12
Stillwell 12
Sulphide Creek Group 12
Thunder Group 12
Twin Rocks Stock 12
US Cabin Stock 12
Walker Park Stock 12

Last updated: November 8, 2022

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