Within the Tule Lake National Monument you can find many places that can be ideal for a variety of special activities. Most special events and activities held within the park require a Special Use Permit. These permits are issued and approved only after National Park Service staff determines that the activity will not impair park values, resources, and visitor enjoyment.
The goal of the park in issuing a permit is to maintain public health and safety, protect environmental or scenic values, protect natural or cultural resources, allow for equitable allocation and use of facilities, or avoid conflict among visitor use activities.
Permit Application Procedures
Please visit the links below to determine what kind of permit you might need or you can contact the Park Special Uses Coordinator by emailing TULE_permits@nps.gov or call 530-667-8111 for more information.
Once the park has received your complete application, staff will review and process your request. Permits may be denied if your activity would:
Your request will be evaluated on the basis of the information in your application. During the process of reviewing and evaluating a permit application, if it is determined that substantial park staffing resources will be required for the permitted activity, the Park Special Park Uses Coordinator will contact the applicant about additional permit costs. Therefore, you are encouraged to attach, maps, diagrams, script pages, vehicle and equipment lists, call sheet, itineraries, shot list, etc. with your application to assist park staff in evaluating your request.
If your application is approved, you will be sent a draft permit to review and sign. Return the signed draft permit to the park for the superintendent’s signature, along with any additional requirements, such as proof of liability insurance. A permit signed by the superintendent will be returned to you. You must have this copy with you during your permitted activity.
Scientific Research and Collecting Permit
Scientific or Research Permits are separate from Special Use Permits and are required before conducting any research within the park. This permit is required for most scientific activities pertaining to natural resources or social science studies in National Park System areas that involve fieldwork, specimen collection, and/or have the potential to disturb resources or visitors. When permits are required for scientific activities pertaining solely to cultural resources, including archeology, ethnography, history, cultural museum objects, cultural landscapes, and historic and prehistoric structures, other permit procedures apply. You can apply for a Scientific Research and Collecting Permit online through the National Park Service Research Permit and Reporting System. For more information about research at the Tule Lake Unit please contact the Chief of Integrated Resources at 530-667-8103.
Tours are offered every Satruday between Memorial Day and Labor Day and are limited to a maximum of 10 people per tour. Please check our calendar for availabe dates.
Groups wanting a tour on a day other than Saturday need to request a tour at least 2 weeks in advance. Due to limited staffing, we may not be able to accommodate all requests. Please check our Guided Tours page for more information.
To reserve a spot on any tour please call 530-260-0537 or 530-667-8119.
For school groups please call 530-667-8119 to set up your tour at least two weeks in advance.
Tours of the Tule Lake Segregation Center, which include stops at the jail and other areas of significance, begin at the Tulelake Butte Valley Fairgrounds Museum at 10:00 am and last approximately 2 hours.
Tours of Camp Tulelake include a walk around the remaining buildings of this original Civilian Conservation Corps Camp, begin at the Tulelake Butte Valley Fairgrounds Museum at 1:00 pm and last approximately 1 hour.
Last updated: June 20, 2021