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Special Use and Commercial Use Permits

Montana State Parks are wonderful sites for special uses – family reunions, weddings, club gatherings and other events. You can also conduct certain business activities. A Special Use or Commercial Use permit is required to help ensure everyone's safety and protect park resources.

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Special Use Permit

A Special Use Permit is required for non-commercial activities including but not limited to:

  • facility rentals, for example: shelters, pavilions, or meeting rooms
  • group use or events of more than 30 people
  • special events, for example:
    • wedding parties
    • family reunions
    • fishing contests
    • educational activities
    • research activities
    • geocaching events

To Apply

Complete a Special Use Permit application (pdf icon and link 125 KB) and mail to the Regional Park Manager at the FWP Regional Office in the area where you wish to conduct the use. See application for addresses and other contact information.

The following document contains fees and management policy that governs special use of Montana State Parks.

Commercial Use Permits

To conduct commercial use at a Montana State Park, you must obtain a Restricted Use Permit or a Fishing Access Site (FAS) Permit. Type of permit, fees, conditions, and availability vary based on the type of commercial use. For details, contact the Regional Park Manager where you would like to conduct the activity.

Restricted Use Permits are required for commercial activities, including, but not limited to the following categories. Find out more about specific requirements and fees in the accompanying reference guides.

Fishing Access Site (FAS) Permits are required for all licensed outfitters and water-based service providers, and all guides (licensed or non-licensed), to conduct commercial use at FWP fishing access sites and State Parks. For specifics, please consult the Regional Park Manager and the Water-based Outfitting Reference Guide (pdf icon and link 21 KB).

A Fishing Contest Permit is required for commercial fishing contests. Please contact Fish, Wildlife & Parks Fisheries Division.

For administrative policy governing commercial use in Montana State Parks and on other FWP land, see:

Questions?

To learn more about Special Use and Commercial Use permits, please contact a Regional Park Manager or State Park headquarters:

    • Maren Murphy
    • Parks & Recreation Planner
    • Montana State Parks
    • PO Box 200701
    • 1420 East 6th Avenue
    • Helena, MT 59620
    • 406-444-3750
    • email
    • David Landstrom
    • Region 1
    • Regional Park Manager
    • 490 North Meridian Rd
    • Kalispell, MT 59901
    • 406-751-4574
    • email
    • Chet Crowser
    • Region 2
    • Regional Park Manager
    • 3201 Spurgin Road
    • Missoula, MT 59804
    • 406-542-5517
    • email
    • Matt Marcinek
    • Region 3
    • Regional Park Manager
    • 1400 South 19th
    • Bozeman, MT 59718
    • 406-994-3552
    • email
    • John Taillie
    • Region 4
    • Regional Park Manager
    • 4600 Giant Springs Rd
    • Great Falls, MT 59405
    • 406-454-5859
    • email
    • Doug Habermann
    • Region 5
    • Regional Park Manager
    • 2300 Lake Elmo Dr
    • Billings, MT 59105
    • 406-247-2954
    • email

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