The Cleveland National Forest is located in the southwestern part of California.
Where is this Forest?


Mt Margaret Backcountry LakesGifford Pinchot National Forest personnel seek to protect natural resource values, public health and safety and recreation facilities in a manner consistent with the Gifford Pinchot National Forest plan and resource management plans outlined in the Northwest Forest Land and resource Management Plan. In order to meet these objectives, passes or permits may be required for the occupancy and use of Forest Service land. 

Recreation Passes & Permits: In Washington and Oregon some national forest recreation sites require a day use fee or permit.  This section includes information about where fees are charged and which passes may be used to cover these fees.

Where can I get a permit? These vendors sell annual and day passes for your convenience.

Forest Products Permits

Forest products are forest resources not associated with traditional timber products but are used for personal, commercial, and scientific purposes. Examples include: firewood, Christmas trees, wildflowers, cones, tree boughs, mushrooms, moss, and rocks.

Special Use Permits (Event and Commercial Use Permits)

A Special Use Authorization is a permit that grants rights or privileges of occupancy and use subject to specified terms and conditions on National Forest System land.

Special use permits are required for facilities, improvements, services, and events on National Forest System land.  Gatherings with more than 74 people and that are non-commercial in nature must also be permitted.

Special uses can include, but are not limited to, the following types of uses:

Other Permits

Recent News


Cleveland National Forest Launches New Interactive Mobile Game for Youth

Agents of Nature image for app

This summer, youth visiting the Cleveland National Forest Trabuco Ranger District will have an exciting new way to learn about the forest. 

Help Stop the Spread of Goldspotted Oak Borer!

The side view of a black insect with orange spots.

Don't move oak firewood out of San Diego County!


Volunteers Make a Difference

[Photo]: Kids planting trees.

Volunteering on the Cleveland NF can be a rewarding and educational experience.  There is much you can do to help!

Explore the Stars Program - Star Parties

[Photo]: large telescope with some kids near it

An exciting amateur astronomy project occurs each summer and fall at Palomar Mountain's Observatory Campground on the Palomar Ranger of the Cleveland National Forest.