The Stanislaus National Forest is located in the eastern center of California.
Where is this Forest?


Passes & Permits

Different Types of Passes and Permits:

The Stanislaus National Forest offers several different types of Permits. Special Use Permits include recreation events, non-commercial group use, recreation residences, outfitting & guiding, commercial filming & photography and many other uses. Other types of permits include Forest Products Permits issued for uses such as gathering fuelwood to heat your home, rocks, mushrooms and pinecones. Please Click on the links below for more information regarding the different Passes and Permits offered and how to obtain one.

Please be advised that Christmas Tree cutting is not allowed on this Forest, however click here for more information about where you may cut a tree on National Forest Land in California.

Recreation Passes and Permits

California Campfire Permit

Forest Products Permits

Events and Commercial Permits

Other Permits

Special Use Permits

Recreation Fee Program

The majority of the recreation fees collected stay on the forest and go right back into operating, maintaining and improving the recreational opportunities visitors use and value the most - campgrounds, developed day use sites, boat ramps, trails, rental cabins and lookouts, and much more. Funds are also used to provide enhanced services such as interpretive programs, visitor information , and transportation systems. Take a look at the forest accomplishment reports for specific details on how your fees were used.


Campfire Permits Required

A California campfire permit is required for a fire outside a designated recreation site. A permit is available free-of-charge from any Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Bureau of Land Management office. Go to our Campfire Permit page for information on how to obtain a campfire permit.

Violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization or imprisonment for not more than six months or both, 16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559 and 3571.

Where May I Cut A Christmas Tree?

Where may I cut a Christmas tree? The Stanislaus National Forest does not issue Christmas Tree Permits, however there are several Christmas Tree Farms in the area and several National Forest in California that do sell permits. READ MORE