The Tahoe National Forest is located in the northeastern center of California.
Where is this Forest?


Passes & Permits

The Forest Service provides many goods and services in a sustainable manner. Passes and permits help to provide those opportunities while protecting the natural resources. Permits may be required for commercial or recreational endeavors listed below. 

California Campfire permits are required for the use of campfires, charcoal fires or portable gas stoves outside developed campgrounds or designated recreation sites on National Forest System lands. These are free and are available at all Forest Service, BLM, or CAL FIRE offices, or online at

Christmas Tree Permits - Personal use Christmas tree permits are available for the Yuba River and Sierraville Ranger Districts. 

Forest Product Permits – Collecting products on National Forest System lands for commercial and private use requires a Forest Product Permit. Commonly requested permits are for mushrooms, posts, poles and rails, and pinecones.

Recreation Passes – a variety of Federal Recreational Land Passes provide opportunities to help you enjoy your National Forest and can save you money.

Special Use Permits – National Forests provide a variety of land use and commercial/organized recreation opportunities which may require a special use permit.

Wilderness Permits are not required in the Granite Chief Wilderness, the only Wilderness in the Tahoe National Forest.

Woodcutting Permits - You can cut firewood in the Tahoe National Forest but you must have a permit. These are available at all Tahoe National Forest offices for $30 ($15 per cord with a 2 cord minimum).