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Recreational target shooting is an activity enjoyed by many people in Southern California. In the San Bernardino National Forest people can only shoot in designated and signed areas and only at certain times, due to fire danger rating. Contact your local Ranger Station to confirm the status of a shooting area. Target Shooting areas are often closed due to fire restrictions, road conditions, and/or other safety issues. Adventure Passes may be required.
If an area is open, then the activity level will dictate terms and conditions in which shooting can occur such as the length of day or hours of operation. Activity Levels can be obtained by calling your local ranger station or through the automatic system (909) 382-2600 (select option 8, then option 5, then option 2).
Lightning Gulch, Big Pine Flats, and Arrastre are in Fire Danger Rating Area 692
Shooting will be allowed all day during activity levels 1 & 2
Shooting will close at 1:00 pm during activity level 3
Shooting will be closed all day during activity levels 4 & 5
1N09 is in Fire Danger Rating Area 665 and is open only seasonally dictated by live fuel moistures. 1N09 is open when live fuel moisture is above 90%. Once it drops below this threshold, it will remain closed until moisture recovery is realized.
Click here for a map of Target Shooting Areas on the Mountaintop and Front Country Ranger Districts.
If the target shooting area is closed, shooters have another option: there are three developed shooting ranges on the forest, listed below:
Lytle Creek Firing Line (951) 782-7436
Big Bear Valley Sportsman’s Club (909) 584-4686
Arrowhead Fish and Game (909) 337-7000
AMMUNITION, FIREARMS & TARGETS
Target Shooting rules apply to firearms, air rifles and gas guns. This includes devices used in recreational paintball activities.
Shooters shall not use paintballs or other forms of ammunition that would result in visible residue except where authorized in ranges that operate under special use permit (see above).
Steel core, armor piercing or Teflon ammunition is not permitted. You may only shoot at a target which is dirt, paper, wood, clay pigeon, or a metal spinning/knockdown target. Pick up and dispose of your targets when you are done.
Shooters are prohibited from destroying any natural feature. Also prohibited is discharging a firearm or any other implement capable of taking human life, causing injury, or damaging property as follows: in or within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site or occupied area; or across or on a road or a body of water; or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result in such discharge.
For more information, please contact:
San Bernardino Supervisor’s Office (909) 382-2601
Lytle Creek Ranger Station (909) 382-2851
Mill Creek Work Center (909) 382-2882
Big Bear Discovery Center (909) 382-2790
San Jacinto Ranger Station (909) 382-2921