USFWS Permits

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Special Use Permit (SUP)


Certain refuge activities, including, but not limited to scientific research, commercial photography, hunting guides, fishing guides, birding tours, ceremonies, instructor-led groups, and all commercial activities require a special use permit. This is Permits must be secured before any special use activity commences on the refuge. Plan ahead and allow for 30 working days to process the permit.

To apply for a special use permit, please use the correct form below.

Commercial Activities
For commercial activities such as guided tours, commercial filming (audio, video, and photographic products of a monetary value). Download Special Use Permit Application here.

Research and Monitoring Activities
For research and monitoring activities by students, universities, or other non-FWS organizations. Download Special Use Permit Application here.

General Activities
For any activity not mentioned above. Download Special Use Permit Application here.

Ceremonies
View Special Conditions and download the Special Use Permit Application here.

Instructor-led Small Group Activities
View Special Conditions and download the Special Use Permit Application here

Hunting Permits


For hunting related information and permits, please visit out Hunting page to learn more.

Entrance Passes


A series of passes covers the entrance and standard amenity fees charged for using federal recreational lands – including national wildlife refuges. Please visit our Hours and Entrance Fees page to learn more.