A special use permit is required for all commercial visitor
services and most other non-visitor use activities on Refuge lands. A permit is
not required for the general public to visit a national wildlife refuge to
engage in wildlife-dependent recreational activities such as wildlife watching,
hunting, fishing, photography, environmental education, interpretation, hiking,
and camping. Visitors must comply with all pertinent refuge regulations, State
and Federal laws, and State hunting and fishing regulations.
Special use permits are required for, but not limited
to, the following types of activities:
Guiding and outfitting (hunting, fishing, wildlife watching,
river trips, etc.)
Big game transporting
Air and water taxi
Sand and gravel removal
Commercial filming and videographers
Scientific Research and Monitoring
Research and Monitoring Installations* (i.e., weather, climate, seismic, etc.)
Use and Occupancy of Refuge Lands*
Woodcutting and removal
Tent platforms and long term tent camps
* Transportation and utility systems, and other
long-term installations, require a right-of-way permit from our Regional Division
of Realty. Special use permits for operations and activities on established
rights-of-way are obtained from the Refuge Manager.
Permits issued for commercial visitor uses are subject to a
$100 administrative fee which must accompany the application, and following
permit issuance, an annual use fee based on activity type and reported client
use days, and a fee for any approved reserved land sites.
Special use permits are obtained by submitting a permit
application and other required information to the appropriate refuge. Please
contact our office before completing the permit application and the submission
of other required information.
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge accepts permit applications
for non-visitor services activities throughout the year; however, commercial
visitor services applications are only accepted from February 15 through April
Frequently Asked Questions
Visit our Special Use Contact Page to determine who can best help you navigate our permit process.