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

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is no longer accepting applications for the 2022 and 2023 commercial operating seasons.

Denial and Revocation Policy:

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
CUA Program Office
ATTN: 2022-2023 CUA Application
N8391 Sand Point Road (PO Box 40)
Munising, MI 49862

Last updated: March 18, 2022

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Munising , MI 49862


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