Commercial Use Authorizations

What is a CUA?

A commercial use authorization (CUA) allows an individual, group, company, or other for-profit entity to conduct commercial activities and provide specific visitor services within a national park unit. The National Park Service (NPS) issues CUAs to manage a wide-range of commercial visitor services in addition to road-based commercial tours. Depending on the park, this can include guided mountaineering and backpacking, bike tours, kayak trips, photography workshops, scuba diving classes, fishing trips, and much more.

Federal law mandates the NPS issue CUAs only for commercial activities and visitor services that:

  • are determined to be an appropriate use of the park,
  • will have minimal impact on park resources and values, and
  • are consistent with the park purpose, management plans, policies, and regulations
National Park Servive Commercial Use Authorization webpage

Want to conduct business inside Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore?

Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) are required for all commercial visitor services provided by a company or organization not based in the park.

  • CUAs are valid for the calendar year only. Companies will need to reapply each calendar year.
  • No renewal reminders are sent. Please refer to this website for any relevant updates.
  • Make sure to apply 4 weeks before your first trip/event. Expect your permit to be ready approximately 30 days from when you submit a complete packet.
  • Please be sure to fill in ALL the blanks in your application forms. Incomplete packets will not be processed until complete. Applications cannot be expedited.
  • You must be in possession of a valid permit if you wish to conduct business inside Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
  • CUA denial and revocation policy.

A complete application packet must include:

Fill out one Application Form 10-550 for each service you wish to provide. Each Application form must have an accompanying application packet.
  1. Application Form 10-550 (437.44 KB pdf)
  2. Visitor Acknowledgement of Risk Form (196.46 KB pdf)
  3. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Commercial Water Vessel Roster (139.51 KB)
  4. Certificate of Insurance from your insurance agent for the required amounts.
  5. Application Fee $200.

Email communication is preferred at: e-mail us

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Attn: Chief Rangers Office
PO Box 40 (USPS)
N8391 Sand Point Road (UPS, FedEx, etc.)
Munising, MI 49862

We highly recommend that you email your complete application packet. This reduces wait time and allows us to better track your case.

All annual reporting is due by the end of the calendar year:

  1. Annual Report 10-660 (170.60 KB pdf.)


Last updated: August 4, 2021

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