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Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Special Use Permits

Special Use Permits are issued by Alaska State Parks for a wide variety of special events, such as those listed below. A special use permit is not required for regular recreation activities.

  • 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.

  • Commercial Filming.

  • Example - Motion pictures, television filming.

  • Guided Tours.

  • Example - guided hunting, fishing and hiking trips.

  • Conducting scientific research.

  • Example - collecting plants for scientific study, collection, or educational purposes.

  • Camping longer than 15 days in a developed campsite.

  • Example - have friends or family visiting in their own RV for three weeks.

  • Additional vehicles at a campsite.

  • Example - family visiting from Outside, so let's go camping.

Camping within the upper Wood-Tikchik Management Area.

(Tikchik River, Nishlik Lake, Slate Lake, Upnuk Lake and Chikuminuk Lake)
With a special use permit, some park facilities can be reserved for exclusive use, such as picnic shelters and group use sites. For events such as a trail race or plant gathering, 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.

With the application is a list of standard, general stipulations. When you are issued a permit, it may include additional stipulations customized to your situation.

Special Use Permit Application and General Stipulations

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907