Recreation Passes & Permits

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest charges day-use fees at most developed beaches, boat launches, picnic areas, and trailhead parking areas. Where applicable, signs are posted to inform visitors.  

Campers who have paid fees to stay at a developed campground can enjoy free access to associated facilities, such as a beach or boat launch. However, campers must pay an additional day-use fee when visiting a recreation site that is not a part of the same campground complex. 

Consider your plans for the year when choosing a recreation pass. Each option below provides day-use access for all passengers in your personal vehicle. (Passengers in commercial buses must pay a per-person fee.)  

Daily Pass 

Just visiting for the day? The Forest provides payment envelopes on site where day-use fees are required. Simply write your information on an envelope, enclose your $5 payment, and drop the envelope in the payment box. Make sure to reserve the perforated tag for display in your vehicle. 

Local Forest Pass

Green pass logoAn annual sticker provides year-round access to day-use sites on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. A sticker costs $30 and is valid from April 1 to March 31 of the following year.  

Pay by check: Return a completed order form with a check made out to “USDA Forest Service,” to any Forest office. You will receive your pass by mail. 

Pay by credit card: Call a Forest office for payment and processing of your order. Leave a message if you receive voicemail. You will receive your pass by mail. 

You may be able to stop in to an office to purchase a sticker in person. Please call ahead to confirm hours and availability. 

Interagency Pass 

Interagency passes provide access to Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and US Fish and Wildlife sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees. The cost varies depending on the pass suitable for you. 

Veterans, Gold Star Family members, and active military personnel and their dependents are eligible for free interagency access. 

Through the Every Kid Outdoors program, fourth grade students can complete an online activity to receive a free interagency pass. Due to extended closures of Forest Service recreation sites and National Parks last year, fifth grade students are eligible for the program through the 2020-21 school year.