Activities Requiring a Permit

Commercial Use

Beginning in 2019 any commercial use within Baxter State Park will require a permit.  Permits are free and will be valid through March 31, 2022.  Currently, Baxter Park has insufficient data regarding the number, size, character and demographic of Park visitors that would qualify as commercial users.  This will be an effort to gather data sufficient to intelligently consider management policy and procedure regarding these uses in the Park. 

Commercial Use Permit applications are now available HERE!

Please click HERE for our Guide To Commercial Use in Baxter State Park.

Please note that media projects also need to apply for a media permit (below) in addition to a commercial use permit.

Media Projects

Please note that media projects also need to apply for a commercial use permit (above) in addition to a media permit.

Katahdin and Baxter State Park have been popular media subjects since the Park was first created. Today we field at least one interview or inquiry for photos in any given week and at least one film feature or book project per year requiring special attention. By articulating our expectations and goals as an agency when working with media contacts, we hope to lend more predictability to the process for both the Park and the media representatives. It is our belief that the Park embodies many qualities and values that are worthwhile to share with the public at large and this policy seeks to allow a mutually beneficial way to allow this exchange of information to happen.
Please review our Media Policy and Media Permit Application ( .2MB) or contact eben@baxterstatepark.org for specific requirements regarding media activities in the Park.

Scientific Research

Due to our responsibility to maintain this wilderness sanctuary, we carefully evaluate research proposals to understand the relative risks to wildlife and benefits of the research products.

Proposed research in the Park is evaluated by the Park’s Research Committee at an annual meeting the first Friday in March.  Research proposals are due to the Park Director by February 1st.

More information how to submit a research proposal, criteria for research in the park, and other important information is found in our Research Application Guidelines.

Research proposals are only accepted electronically. Contact the Park Director for an application form.