Doing Business With The Park

A woman in a purple jacket stands on a dock on the shore of a scenic lake. A red boat is tied to the dock next to her.
Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) allow rental companies to rent watercraft in the park.

Commercial Use Authorizations (Business Permits)

To conduct business in the park (e.g., private tour boat charters, fishing guide services, water taxis, boat rental), you must obtain an active Commercial Use Authorization (CUA). The CUA is valid for two years. The CUA application may be downloaded using the links below, then printed and/or filled out electronically, and mailed with the required documentation and fee to:

Voyageurs National Park
Chief of Visitor & Resource Protection
360 Highway 11 East
International Falls, Minnesota 56649

Learn more about CUAs on our CUA web page. For further questions you may have regarding the CUA permit process, call Park Headquarters at (218) 283-6600 ext. 0 or contact the Chief Ranger.

 
A large, green and white double-decker boat sits moored to a dock on a wide, blue lake.
Charter tours are among several activities that require a Special Use Permit in the park.

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Special Use Permits (General)

All activities considered to either be a special event or special park use activities (including but not limited to: public gatherings, weddings, sporting events, and other special events) are required to obtain a Special Use Permit (SUP). Please allow a minimum of 4 weeks for processing.

The General Special Use Permit Application Application may be downloaded as a printable Word document, printed and/or filled out electronically, then mailed with the required documentation and application fee (other fees may apply) to:

Voyageurs National Park
Chief of Visitor & Resource Protection
360 Highway 11 East
International Falls, Minnesota 56649

Scanned applications may also be emailed to the park.

Commercial Filming and Still Photography Permits

Changes to Commercial Filming Permits

On January 22, 2021, the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Price v. Barr determining the permit and fee requirements applying to commercial filming under 54 USC 100905, 43 CFR Part 5, and 36 CRF Part 5 are unconstitutional. The National Park Service is currently determining how this decision will be implemented.

Following the recent court decision, the National Park Service will not be implementing or enforcing the commercial filming portions of 43 CFR Part 5 until further notice, including accepting applications, issuing permits, enforcing the terms and conditions of permits, issuing citations related to permits, or collecting cost recovery and location fees for commercial filming activities.

As regulations regarding commercial filming permits are being reassessed, those interested in commercial filming activities in Voyageurs are encouraged to contact the park directly for more information about filming in the park and to discuss how to minimize potential impacts to visitors and sensitive park resources.

Do I need a permit to film?

Currently, the National Park Service is not issuing commercial filming permits, but is in the process of evaluating how best to regulate filming activities that affect visitors and park resources. All applicable laws and regulations governing activities and public use in parks still apply, including park hours and areas open and closed to the public. Videographers, filmers, producers, directors, and other staff associated with commercial filming are reminded that rules and regulations that apply to all park visitors still apply to filming activities even if no permit is needed for their activity. Check with the park staff for more information on closures, sensitive resources, and other safety tips.

Are filmers still required to pay fees to film in parks?

As of January 22, 2021, the National Park Service is no longer collecting application or location fees, or cost recovery for filming.

Still Photography: When is a permit needed?

Price v. Barr had no impact on how the National Park Service regulates still photography, so there are no changes in how the National Park Service regulates that activity. Still photographers require a permit only when:

  1. the activity takes place at location(s) where or when members of the public are generally not allowed; or
  2. the activity uses model(s), sets(s), or prop(s) that are not a part of the park's natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities; or
  3. the park would incur additional administrative costs to monitor the activity.

The Commercial Photography Application may be downloaded as a printable Word document, printed and/or filled out electronically, then mailed with the required documentation and application fee (other fees may apply) to:

Voyageurs National Park
Chief of Visitor & Resource Protection
360 Highway 11 East
International Falls, Minnesota 56649

Scanned applications may also be emailed to the park.

Charter Tour Permits

The park's two tour boats are available to be chartered for private events (learn more on our Charter Tours page). The Charter Tours application may be downloaded as a printable Word document, printed and/or filled out electronically, then mailed with the required documentation and application fee (other fees may apply) to:

Voyageurs National Park
Tour Boat Charters
360 Highway 11 East
International Falls, Minnesota 56649

Contact for More Special Use Permit Information

For questions regarding any type of SUP, please contact the Chief Ranger.

Last updated: February 4, 2021

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Voyageurs National Park Headquarters
360 Hwy 11 East

International Falls , MN 56649

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(218)-283-6600

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