Special Use Permit



n 1977 the intent of the original grantors related to minor children of lessees was further interpreted at a national policy level to allow the continued occupancy of minor children alive at the time the original recreational leases were signed. In some instances, living children were included in the life lease agreements, in others they were not. Instead of amending the leases to include those children left out of the original agreements, the additional occupancies were to be provided through Special Use Permits. The NPS has committed to this policy, which is documented in the continuance of special use permits for such descendants. A fee of $25 is charged per year for permit processing. There are a total of 6 sites occupied under these 1977 special use permits and 1 under an original lease. Over 70 years have passed since the signing of most of the original leases.


  1. DePasqual, Seth. 2013. Isle Royale National Park Occupancy Agreements Defined. Isle Royale National Park. Houghton, MI.