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.

Reservation Timeline

  • February 1 – May 31: Submit all reservations for current year. Trips must be at least two weeks from request date.
  • June 1 and beyond: Reservations not accepted.

Fees and Payment

$20.00 non-refundable application cost recovery fee for each trip. Payment can be made online at pay.gov using credit card, debit, and other EFT payment options. Payment may also be sent via mail. Payments made by money order or checks should be made payable to "National Park Service".

How to Submit

  • Online: Submit reservation form and fees online at pay.gov. Search for North Cascades National Park and select the “North Cascades NP Commercial Backcountry Reservation Fees” form. Form is accessible beginning February 1.
  • Via mail: Send reservation requests to Backcountry Reservations, North Cascades National Park, 7280 Ranger Station Road, Marblemount, WA 98267. Payment must be received at the same time for request to be considered complete. Requests must include company name, contact name, contact phone and email, and complete itinerary: total number of people, stock, and boats (if applicable), starting and ending trailhead and dates, and dates/camps requested for each night spent in the park.

One reservation per trip. All reservations postmarked or received by February 1 are processed in random order. Initial processing may take up to a month. Subsequent reservations are processed in the order received. You will receive confirmation of all reserved itineraries. To maximize the chances of obtaining a reservation, list alternative sites or itineraries for each trip.

Changing or Canceling Reservations

Once a reservation has been confirmed, changes are not allowed. You may cancel the trip and submit a new reservation request, subject to the same fee structure.

Cancellations: Please notify the Wilderness Information Center (360-854-7245) if a trip cancels, so other visitors may use the sites. Reservations not picked up and converted to a permit by 11 a.m. on the trip start date will be cancelled and the sites may be reassigned.

Converting Reservations to Backcountry Permits

Reservations must be converted to a backcountry permit by 11 a.m. of the first day of the trip or the reservation will be cancelled and the reserved site(s) made available to other visitors. Backcountry permits must be picked up by the trip leader in person at the Wilderness Information Center in Marblemount, no earlier than the day before the start of a trip. If your party cannot meet the 11 a.m. deadline, call the Wilderness Information Center (360-854-7245) the day of your trip to hold your reservation. If you are not passing through Marblemount, backcountry permits can be obtained at the point of entry nearest your trip:

  • Park/Forest Information Center, Sedro-Woolley: Entry via Baker River drainage (Sulphide Glacier) or the north end of Ross Lake (Hozomeen).
  • Glacier Public Service Center, Glacier: Entry via Mount Baker Highway 542
  • Golden West Visitor Center, Stehekin: Entry via the Stehekin Valley.
  • Methow Valley Ranger Station, Winthrop: Entry via the east, State Route 20 (Mon – Fri only).


Contact Information

Backcountry reservations questions: Contact the backcountry reservation coordinator in Marblemount, 360-854-7243.

Trip planning assistance (May – Oct): 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 camp capacity (some hold less than 12) and which sites allow reservations. If a camp is not listed, it is not reservable.
  • Additional reservation restrictions apply in certain high use areas, including: Ross Lake, Cascade Pass, and Copper Ridge. See the table below for details.

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 8
39 Mile Stock 12
Basin Creek 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Beaver Pass 12
Bench Creek 12
Big Beaver 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Boundary 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Boundary Bay 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Bowan 8
Bridge Creek 4
Bridge Creek Group 12
Bridge Creek Stock 8
Buster Brown 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Cat Island 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Copper Creek 12
Copper Lake 12 Not reservable July 1 - Sept 30
Cosho 12
Cottonwood Group 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Dagger Lake 12
Dagger Lake Stock 12
Deerlick Stock 12
Desolation 8 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Devils Creek Hiker 8
Devils Creek Stock 12
Dry Creek 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Egg Lake 12 Not reservable July 1 - Sept 30
Fireweed 6
Fireweed Stock 12
Fisher 12
Five Mile Stock 12
Flat Creek 12
Fourth of July 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Graybeal 8
Graybeal Stock 12
Green Point 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Grizzly Creek 8
Harlequin 8
Harlequin Group 24
Heaton Stock 12
Hidden Hand Group 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Hidden Meadows Stock 12
Hideaway 12
High Bridge 12
Hozomeen Lake 12
Indian Creek 12 Not reservable July 1 - Sept 30
Johannesburg 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Juanita Lake 8
Juanita Lake Stock 12
Junction 8
Junction Stock 12
Lakeview (Stehekin) 12
Lightning Creek 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Little Beaver 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Lodgepole 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Luna 8
McAlester Lake 12
McAllister 12
McMillan 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Neve 4
Nightmare 12
North Fork 12
Panther 12
Park Creek 8
Perry Creek 12
Ponderosa 12
Pumpkin Mountain 8
Rainbow Bridge 8
Rainbow Meadows Group 12
Reynolds Stock 12
Roland Creek 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Sahale Glacier 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Silver Creek 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Six Mile 12
Skagit Queen 12
South Fork 8
South Fork Stock 12
Stillwell 12
Sulphide Creek 12
Thornton Lake 8 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights
Thunder 12
Thunder Basin 8
Thunder Point 12
Tricouni 8
Twin Rocks 12
US Cabin 8
US Cabin Stock 12
Walker Park Stock 12
Whatcom 12 High use area, maximum of 2 consecutive nights

Last updated: January 9, 2018

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Mailing Address:

810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

Phone:

(360) 854-7200

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