Commercial Use Authorization
- Behave as cooperators and partners to represent the National Park Service and its mission.
- Do not use fixed commercial facilities within the park.
- Originate and terminates outside the park boundaries.
- Do not permit commercial sales or money exchanges within park boundaries.
- Do not permit any commercial solicitation from occurring within park boundaries.
- At this time, the park is permitted to authorize the following commercial services and activities: Rental of watercraft, including: kayaks, canoes, tubes, stand-up paddleboards.
- Guide services for bear hunting, fishing (all species), and single or multi-day canoeing and kayaking.
- Log rolling demonstrations.
- Paddleboat rides.
- Shuttle services for private and vendor-owned watercraft.
- Marina slip rentals.
In 2018-2020, the park will conduct reviews of all existing commercial services and activities, as well as several potential new services and activities that should be considered for compliance with mission, etc. Until compliance and planning for the existing commercially provided activities is complete, the Riverway will freeze the number of CUA permits it issues to 50 per year. All permits signed by the Superintendent are valid for one calendar year, expiring on December 31 for the year an application is submitted and approved. The Superintendent will
issue CUA permits on an ongoing basis until 50 CUAs have been issued.
If you have questions about the program purpose or permitted activities , please contact the Riverway CUA Program Manager.
Laws, Regulations, and Policies
CUA Application and Procedure
Then, there are 4 pages of Park Special Conditions, which further define the limits of the permit and its use by commercial vendors. And then, 3 attachments specific to the Riverway for processing the application (Attachments A-C), and then 1 attachment to be returned with the final application (Attachment D).
Additional notes to the response content for the application:
- Applications should include specific landings that will be used for each proposed commercial activity. For example, "tube rentals, Lower Tamarack Landing" or "canoe rentals".
- Only one application per vendor is necessary, meaning each activity type identified in Attachment A does not need its own application.
- Attachment D (Visitor Acknowledgment of Risk) must be completed by the applicant, and it must reflect the possible risks associated with use of the applicant’s equipment, conditions of the river activity, as well as ambient weather conditions.
- Do not submit any drivers license for any representative of the business, but you are welcome to send along any additional licensure information (e.g., First Aid certification).
Step 2 – Pay the Application Fee. The authority for the NPS to impose user charges to recover costs associated with managing commercial operations is found in 31 U.S.C. 9701 and 16 U.S.C. 3a. The Application Fee is $165.00 per application, and is applicable to the 2018 and 2019 calendar year of operation. Application Fees are non-refundable regardless of whether the application is approved. Administration and Management Fees may also apply.
Attachment C to the application gives step by step guidance in making payment for the Application Fee. No checks, cash, or other method of payment will be accepted for any reason.
The ongoing use of Pay.gov reduces the check-handling or cash-handling requirements by park staff, and thus reduces the cost of processing the application.
Step 3 – Send necessary insurance documents. Proof of insurance is required for all parties seeking a CUA permit at the Riverway. Attachment A identifies the type and volume of insurance. Applicants should make sure to list the “United States of America” as an additionally insured party. Sending in the insurance information with the application is not necessary, as NPS staff will combine all materials on behalf of the applicant.
Step 4 – Review the draft permit. Once a signed Form 10-660 has been approved, the CUA Program Manager will distribute the draft permit to the applicant. The applicant should review the Park Special Conditions, and then sign, date and return the permit to the CUA Program Manager. The CUA Program Manager will retrieve the Superintendent’s signature, and then send
the final permit to the business owner.