There are many reasons a company or individual may want to use public land. The examples range from family reunions and birthday parties to commercial filming, scientific research, fish guiding and bike races. DNR-manged public land includes state parks, recreation areas, state forests, state game areas, boating access sites and rail trails.
The links below contain general rules and permits needed for event, non-event, and commercial use of DNR-managed public land. If you have any questions along the way, you can always call us for help or contact one of our Customer Service Centers.
All applications, unless otherwise specified, should be submitted to the manager of the location you are requesting permission to use. If you are not sure who to send it to, please contact your local Customer Service Center and they can assist you.
Information about Land Use Permits
- Use of DNR-Managed Public Land for Events
This could include meetings, weddings, family reunions, race events, etc.
- Non-Event Use of DNR-Managed Public Lands
This could include commercial filming, permission to park vehicles overnight, geocache placement, scientific research, etc.
- Commercial Use of DNR-Manged Public Land
This includes concessions (selling goods or services), liveries (such as renting or delivering canoes or RVs), fish guiding and hunt guiding.
- Cultural or Scientific Research Permits
Research involving the collection or otherwise handling of plants and animals (in whole or in part)
- Archaeological Exploration on DNR-Manged Public Lands
This includes any archaeological investigation on state land.