Commercial Use Authorizations

What is a CUA?

A commercial use authorization (CUA) allows an individual, group, company, or other for-profit entity to conduct commercial activities and provide specific visitor services within a national park unit. The National Park Service (NPS) issues CUAs to manage a wide-range of commercial visitor services in addition to road-based commercial tours. Depending on the park, this can include guided mountaineering and backpacking, bike tours, kayak trips, photography workshops, scuba diving classes, fishing trips, and much more.

Federal law mandates the NPS issue CUAs only for commercial activities and visitor services that:

  • are determined to be an appropriate use of the park,
  • will have minimal impact on park resources and values, and
  • are consistent with the park purpose, management plans, policies, and regulations
National Park Servive Commercial Use Authorization webpage

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will be accepting applications for the 2022 and 2023 commercial operating seasons starting December 1st 2021 until January 15th 2022.

The park will be accepting permit applications for the following use types:

  • Guided Backpacking
  • Guided Kayaking
  • Guided Photography Workshops
  • Guided Ice Climbing
  • Transportation Services

A limited number of permits will be issued to highly qualified applicants based on their relevant experience and operating history as well as their ability to provide for visitor safety while protecting park resources.

Application Packet:

Frequently Used Forms:

  1. Visitor Acknowledgement of Risk Form (197 KB pdf)
  2. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Commercial Water Vessel Roster (90 KB)
  3. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Kayak Equipment Checklist (174 KB)
  4. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Kayak Guide Task Book (208 KB)
  5. Annual Report 10-660 (170.60 KB pdf.)

Denial and Revocation Policy:

Email communication is preferred at: e-mail us

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
CUA Program Office
ATTN: 2022-2023 CUA Application
N8391 Sand Point Road (PO Box 40)
Munising, MI 49862

Last updated: December 8, 2021

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Munising , MI 49862


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