Federal Subsistence Permits
Qualified local rural residents may hunt, trap, and fish in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve and on the Upper Copper River under federal subsistence regulations. Depending on the species and area, a federal registration permit may be required. Please go to the Subsistence page for more information, including eligibility requirements.
Federal subsistence permits are available at the Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center in Copper Center, the Slana Ranger Station, and the Chitina Ranger Station. Fishing permits are available usually in May and hunting permits are available usually in July. You can inquire at park visitor centers for specifc information about obtaining a permit. Please bring a photo ID (such as a drivers license) and proof of local physical address when you come to get a permit. Documentation of physical address can include a voter registration card or a utility bill listing your physical address.
Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Permits
ORV permits are required for all recreational users. We encourage subsistence users to obtain an ORV permit, but it is not required for subsistence users. Please visit our Off Road Vehicle page for detailed information.
Permits are not required to hike or camp in the backcountry. However, we have some restrictions on large groups of people camping in the backcountry. Please go to our Backcountry Frequently Asked Questions page to find out more about what it takes to experience the backcountry at Wrangell-St. Elias.
A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is necessary to operate commercially within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. Learn more about conducting business within the park.
Public Use Cabin Reservations
Currently, there are 14 public-use cabins located within Wrangell-St. Elias. All cabins are in remote locations and require hikers/campers to make appropriate plans. Most cabins are available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, there are currently three cabins that require a reservation. Go to our Public-Use Cabin page to learn more about these cabins and how to make a reservation.
If you plan on enjoying the park with commercial outfitters and guides, or by staying at private campgrounds and lodging facilities, you should arrange any reservations directly through them.