Park entrance and educational programs offered by the National Park Service are free at Rock Creek Park.
Other Fee Information
Concessioners Offer Services for Fees
Concessioners work with the National Park Service to provide services to park visitors that parks do not provide directly. At Rock Creek Park, concessioners manage a golf course, horse center, tennis center, and two boathouses. Visitors pay fees to use these services.
For more information, visit the Outdoor Activities page
For information about permits and fees, please visit the Permits page. This includes information and permits for:
- picnic groves
- athletic fields that require reservations
- other special park uses
If you require additional information, please contact the Rock Creek Park Permits Specialist at 202-895-6013 or via e-mail.
Commercial Use Authorizations
As per 36 CFR 5.3--It is illegal to conduct business in a park area without a permit, contract, or other written agreement.
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. Federal law mandates that the National Park Service (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 visitors and
- are consistent with the park purpose, management plans, policies, and regulations.
In addition, Public Law 105-319 Section 418 passed in 1998 provides the NPS the authority to issue CUAs to allow business operations and requires the NPS to collect a reasonable fee for CUA administration and management.
For information about CUAs, please email or call (202-895-6000) Rock Creek Park.