Outfitter Guide Permits

The Chugach National Forest open season opportunity for submitting new outfitter/guide proposals for limited activities on the Glacier, Seward, and Cordova Ranger Districts.  The open season was from August 24 - October 30, 2022.  This opportunity was for operations starting in 2023 and was limited to companies not already permitted to operate on the Chugach National Forest.

OPPORTUNITY CLOSED OCTOBER 30, 2022.  If you are interested in future Outfitter Guide open seasons, contact Teresa Paquet.

Proposals were accepted for the following activities and locations:



Ranger District
(See map)

Boat based hiking & camping

Prince William Sound

Cordova & Glacier

Boat based &/or hike-in fishing

Cordova (some areas may not be available)


Non-motorized watercraft tours

McKinley Lake, Alaganik River



All trails

Cordova & Glacier


Lost Lake, Primrose Trail, Iditarod (INHT), Rainbow Lake Trail


Non-motorized watercraft/fishing

Kenai Lake, Trail Lake, Rainbow Lake


Backcountry skills trainings and school programs

Forest-wide (some trails not available)


Van tours



Snow machining

Turnagain Pass


Proposals must pass an initial and second level screening process before acceptance. Successful applicants will be processed in the order they are received.

Newly accepted applicants will receive a two-year priority use permit with an option to extend for an additional 8 years if permit holder receives acceptable performance evaluations.

Proposals must include:

  1. The desired type of service or activity.
  2. A map of the proposed area. (CNF Districts map for reference)
  3. The allocation of use in terms of service days.  A service day is a day or part of any day that a client is on National Forest System Lands.
  4. The mode of transportation.
  5. A completed Special Use Application for Outfitter/Guide Services 
  6. A completed Operation and Safety Plan.

A copy of the insurance policy covering the activities will be required prior to start of operations.  A copy of the State of Alaska business license will be required once the proposal is approved.

Please note that submitting a proposal does not guarantee that a permit will be issued.

Email the completed proposal package to Teresa Paquet, Special Uses Service Team Lead

For more information contact Teresa Paquet at 907-754-2314.

Permitted Guides on the Chugach National Forest

Find a non-comprehensive list of companies authorized to guide on the Chugach National Forest.

Current Permit Holders – Alaska Region Outfitter and Guide Hub Site

This Hub site is intended to serve as a one-stop shop for outfitter and guide permit holders to get information related to Forest Service permits. Find instructions and information about submitting actual use reports and more.