Permits & Reservations

Obtaining a permit at Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River

Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA)


A commercial use is defined as any activities, services, agreements, or anything offered to park visitors and/or the general public for recreational purposes which uses park resources or is undertaken for or results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit, or profit to an individual, organization, or corporation, whether or not such entity is organized for purposes recognized as non-profit under local, state, or federal law.

You are required to apply for a CUA if any of the following apply:

  • commercial transportation/guides and those who own, lease, charter their vehicles for guided trips;
  • person(s), organization, or group that arranges for the transportation and/or guide services, assumes responsibility for financial risk and management, and determines who shall be transported upon what terms, conditions, or charges;
  • provide guided trips or services for canoeing, rafting, kayaking, tubing, fishing, etc. for the public;
  • scuba diving or photography workshops or tours.

For more information about the change in Fee Structure for Commercial Use Authorizations in 2017 please go to: Frequently Asked Questions.


Application Process

Read over the information carefully. Complete the appropriate application available below and mail it to the Permit Coordinator as soon as possible. Please remember to enclose your check or money order for $100.00 to cover non-refundable application costs. Checks/money orders must be made payable to: National Park Service, Upper Delaware S&RR.

Federal procedures (31 USC 7701) and Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 requires an Employer Identification Number (EIN) or tax identification number on the front of all checks or money orders accepted for deposit in the amount of $100.00 or more. You must supply your EIN or tax identification number in order for your check to be accepted and your application to be processed.If you do not have an EIN, the IRS issues EISs for free at the following website:
https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Employer-ID-Numbers-EINs

Your application must be received in sufficient time for evaluation by the National Park Service staff. Your request will be evaluated on the basis of the information in your application.

Please be aware that the $100.00 application fee in the form of a check/money order is non-refundable and will be withdrawn from your account upon receipt. Please make sure you follow the directions in the letter below with the application. If your request is approved, a permit containing applicable terms and conditions will be sent to the person designated on the application. Additional fees will be charged based on the size and complexity of your permit and notification will come in the mail as a Bill for Collection. Please read and following the instructions in the bill. An estimated fee schedule will be provided in Attachment C of the application.

If you have any questions about an event or activity, or would like to visit the site prior to submitting your application, you can set up an appointment with the Permit Coordinator.

Download CUA Permit Application:

Commercial Use Authorization Application (2/2017)

2017-2018 New Cycle CUA Letter


Permit Contact Information

Permit Coordinator
Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River
274 River Road
Beach Lake, PA 18405
570 729-8251, ext. 2221

Special Use Permit (SUP)

"The National Park Service...shall promote and regulate the use of ... national parks ... [its] purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." (16 U.S.C. 1)

It is the policy of Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River to allow special events and activities, filming and photography when and where possible, while adhering to this mandate. Therefore primary consideration will be given to potential resource damage and to anticipated disruption of normal public use. In order to manage special events, filming and photography, a permit issued by the superintendent is required.

Download SUP Application and Compliance Checklist:

The 2017 SUP will be available soon.

SUP Compliance Checklist


Application Process

Read over the information carefully. Complete the appropriate application available below and mail it to the Permit Coordinator as soon as possible. Please remember to enclose your check or money order for $100.00 to cover non-refundable application costs. Checks must be made payable to:DOI,National Park Service, Upper Delaware S&RR.

Federal procedures (31 USC 7701) and Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 requires an Employer Identification Number (EIN) or tax identification number on the front of all checks or money orders accepted for deposit in the amount of $100.00 or more. You must supply your EIN or tax identification number in order for your check to be accepted and your application to be processed.If you do not have an EIN, the IRS issues EISs for free at the following website:
https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Employer-ID-Numbers-EINs

Your application must be received in sufficient time for evaluation by the National Park Service staff before the start date for your activity (normally 2-3 weeks). Requests which involve complex logistics or coordination with other visitor activities will require additional time to process (3-6 weeks). Your request will be evaluated on the basis of the information in your application and compliance checklist below.

Please be aware that the $100.00 application fee is non-refundable. If your request is approved, a permit containing applicable terms and conditions will be sent to the person designated on the application. Additional fees may be charged based on the size and complexity of your permit. An estimated fee schedule will be provided with your permit.

If you have any questions about an event or activity, or would like to visit the site prior to submitting your application, you can set up an appointment with the Permit Coordinator.

Permit Contact Information

Permit Coordinator

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River

274 River Road

Beach Lake, PA 18405

570 729-8251, ext. 2221





Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

274 River Road
Beach Lake, PA 18405

Phone:

(570) 685-4871

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