State Park Permits

Various types of permits are required in state park managed areas to allow certain uses that would otherwise be restricted by regulation or policy. Please note that permits are not needed for regular park activities such as camping, hiking, boating, etc.

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Special Use Permits
Commercial Use Permits

Special Use Permits

Special Use Permits are issued by Alaska State Parks for a wide variety of special events, such as those listed below.

  • Groups of 20 or more people
    Example - company picnic or family reunion
  • Organized athletic events or competitive recreational events
    Example - trail race or ski event
  • Other organized events
    Example - weddings
  • Conducting scientific research
    Example - collecting plants for scientific study, collection, or educational purposes
  • Camping longer than 15 days in a developed campsite
  • Additional vehicles at a campsite

With a Special Use Permit, some park facilities can be reserved for exclusive use, such as picnic shelters and group use sites. For other special activities, where a specific facility is not needed, a permit must still be issued and the area of the park used must be shared with other park visitors.

Click here for a list of State Park facilities that can be reserved and their associated fees 

Special Use Permit Application (PDF) - Included with the application is a list of standard, general stipulations. When you are issued a permit, it may also include additional special stipulations applicable to your specific situation. Please return your completed application to the park office located nearest you.

Other Activities that require a Special Use Permit:

Camping within the upper Wood-Tikchik Management Area - Camping and Floating Permits within Wood-Tikchik State Park for the following areas: Tikchik River, Nishlik Lake, Slate Lake, Upnuk Lake and Chikuminuk Lake).

Field Archaeology Permit - required for archaeology work on state land.

Lynx Lake Road Access Permits within the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area.
           - Lynx Lake Road Access Permit Director's Determination

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area Boat Storage Permits

Dock Structure Permits on State Park Waters - Docks on Mat-Su Valley Park Waters .

Commercial Use Permits

Anyone conducting commercial activities within a unit of the State Park system must obtain, in advance, a permit issued by the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Examples of commercial activities include guided activities, charter services, transportation services, and outfitting, supply or equipment sales or rentals within state parks.

Select the application form below based on the type of commercial activities you propose. Each application form is available in fillable PDF format, which allows you to enter your information directly into the form using Adobe Reader. Once completed, save the form to your computer, print and sign the form, and email to

2016 Commercial Use Permit Application - for guided activities, charter services, transportation services, and outfitting, supply or equipment sales or rentals

2016 Motor Coach Application - for motor coach and van tours

Commercial Filming and Photography – application for commercial filming and photography in a state park

Kenai River Guides in KRSMA 

Commercial Use Permit fees are explained in Director's Order #272.

For more information on commercial use permits, contact or call 907-269-8700, or 907-714-2471.