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, 2021.  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 will continue to the use the existing system below, IN ADDITION to this commercial permit system.

Media Activity

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 for specific requirements regarding media activities in the Park.
Scientific Research

Research which meets strict criteria is permitted in Baxter State Park.
Proposed research is administered through the Park’s Information and Education department by the Park Naturalist. The Naturalist acts as a liaison between researchers and the Park, forwarding proposals to the Park’s Research Committee for their recommendations to the Park Director and Authority. Those considering research in Baxter State Park must submit proposals by February 1st of each year.

Detailed information how to submit a research proposal, our 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.