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Special Use Agreement Permit
Special Use Agreement Permit

​​​​Special Use Agreement Information and Application 

A Special Use Agreement (SUA) is for people who operate as a concessionaire with Lake Pueblo State Park. This agreement covers a business for 12 months. It is different from a Special Activity Agreement, which is just for one particular event or program. 

Why do I need a special use agreement permit?

A special use agreement permit is required if you wish to operate a commercial entity here on the grounds of Lake Pueblo State Park. Includes but is not limited to Guided Fishing on the Reservoir or the Arkansas River, Watercraft Rentals, Food, or Novelty Trucks.

When should I apply for a special use agreement?

The SUA permit application process is available annually starting on October 1, with an application deadline of October 31. The Permit is valid from January 1 to December 31 of the current year. 

What are the insurance requirements?

Proof of Insurance - Insurance is required, and coverage must be listed as:

The State of Colorado-Lake Pueblo State Park and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation "Additionally Insured".

The "Certificate Holder" needs to be listed as follows:

State of Colorado and US Government
Attn: Lake Pueblo State Park
640 Pueblo Reservoir Rd
Pueblo CO 81005

Such insurance will have a minimum limit of $1,000,000 for each occurrence and $1,000,000 general aggregate, and $1,000,000 from claims arising from property damage, bodily injury, or death resulting there from as specified in 24-10-114, C.R.S.​

Such policy will specify that the insurance company shall have no right of subrogation against the State of Colorado or the U.S. Government.

What forms do I need to fill out to apply for a special use agreement?

​Please read the detailed instructions on the process and requirements for obtaining a permit and then fill out the application below.

Special Use Agreement Instructions

Fill the application out completely. Please type or print clearly. Complete all sections.

1) Business Information

List the official name of the Business and the Outfitter d.b.a., if applicable. Identify the business entity as a Corporation, Partnership, Sole Proprietorship, etc. Be sure to list a current valid mailing address, a physical address, an e-mail address, and a winter e-mail and/or mailing address if applicable. Event day cell phone is important for park staff to reach a representative of the commercial operation in the field while conducting business on CPW property.

a. NOTE: The Applicant is considered the Authorized Officer of the Business. The Applicant should have application and signature authority for the business entity and will receive all correspondence. The signature page of the Agreement will require the Applicant’s signature. Identify the Applicant’s position within the business entity.

2) Type of Activity

Choose one type (Guided Fishing, Food Concessions, etc.) for each Application. Persons or businesses conducting more than one commercial activity within Lake Pueblo State Park (for example, both commercial guiding fishing operations and commercial photography) are required to obtain separate Special Use Agreements and maintain separate records of each operation.

a. Description of Goods/Services to be provided to the public on CPW Property should include all proposed activities the applicant anticipates within the scope of the commercial operation.
b. Description should include the term of the operations on CPW property bearing in mind that SUAs require approval annually and cycle based on the calendar year.
c. Please provide a list of prices for all goods/services to be provided by the commercial operation.
d. All marketing materials pertaining to the commercial operation that include the name of the property (Lake Pueblo State Park), agency (Colorado Parks and Wildlife), department (Department of Natural Resources), or the State of Colorado must be approved prior to distribution.

3) Additional Information

Additional information will likely be required depending on the nature of the commercial operation. Upon review of the application by Park Management, a checklist will be sent to the applicant that details which information is required. The following sections detail these requirements. If the applicant anticipates the need for any information on the checklist, it may be submitted with the application to expedite the process.

4) Submission of SUA Application

a. SUA Applications may be submitted via email to

b. The Application review may take up to 30 days.

c. Incomplete applications will not be considered received until all materials are submitted.

d. Upon review of the application, Park Management will email the applicant a draft Special Use Agreement with proposed terms, fees, and scope along with a checklist of required Additional Information. These materials constitute the SUA Packet which must be submitted for final approval. The SUA Packet is detailed in the following section.

Special Use Agreement Application

  1. ​​Special Use Agreement Inst​ructions​ – please read this detailed information about our special activity agreement application process.

  2. Special Use Agreement Applic​ation – fill out and submit the Special Activity Agreement application for your activity/group to