Forest Offers Fee-Free Recreation Days in 2013
Mark Twain National Forest in 2013 will join other federal agencies offering recreation fee-free days on public lands, beginning January 21, 2013 in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
USDA Forest Service operates approximately 17,000 developed recreation sites nationwide. Of those, approximately 6,000 require recreation fees, which are used to provide visitor services, repairs and replacements, and facilities maintenance.
The 2013 recreation fee-free days for sites Mark Twain National Forest operates include:
Jan. 21, 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Free camping at non-reserved campsites Saturday, January 19, 2013 and Sunday, January 20, 2013 evenings and free day use January 19, 20 and 21, 2013.
June 8, 2013 National Get Outdoors Day; Free camping at non-reserved campsites on Friday, June 7, 2013 and Saturday, June 8, 2013 and free day use on Saturday, June 8, 2013 and Sunday, June 9, 2013.This coincides with Missouri Department of Conservation’s Free Fishing days June 8 and 9, 2013.
Sept. 28, 2013 National Public Lands Day. Friday, September 27, 2013 and Saturday, September 28, 2013 free camping at non-reserved campsites and free day use on Saturday, September 28, 2013 and Sunday, September 29, 2013.
Nov. 9-11, 2013 Veterans Day Weekend. Saturday, November 9, 2013 and Sunday, November 10, 2013 free camping at non-reserved campsites, and free day use November 9, 10 and 11, 2013.
Float Camp and Deer Leap Recreation Area Concessionaires have chosen to participate by offering free day use. Day use fees will be required at all other concessionaire-operated sites.
Camping fees will be required at all concessionaire-operated sites.
Motorized trail permits and normal fees still apply for use of Chadwick and Sutton Bluff trail systems.
Check with your Mark Twain National Forest Ranger District Office for more information or contact Nancy Feakes, forest recreation manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-341-7472.