Rules and Regulations

Rules and regulationsAll users of national forests are subject to federal and state regulations. As a visitor to the national forest, you must follow certain rules and regulations designed to ensure your health and safety, to protect the forest, and to promote pleasant outdoor experiences for everyone.

Supervisor's Orders

Supervisor's Orders

Forest Supervisors and Regional Foresters issue orders that will close or restrict the use of certain areas if the need arises, often for public health and safety or to protect resources. Some are temporary closures that are rescinded at a later date; others are more permanent and are reissued every five years. These orders are available at Forest Service offices and on the forest website. They are in pdf format and will include a map of the area affected by the order. View Supervisor's Orders on the Daniel Boone. You may contact either the Supervisor's Office or District Office

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife

Other rules that originate from various state and federal regulations are enforced in this area. This is particularly true in the case of traffic, boating, hunting, fishing and trapping. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources can provide state rules and regulations. Most of these are available in the Hunting and Fishing Guide, published yearly.  State traffic laws also apply, so check with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for traffic regulations.

Code of Federal Regulations for National Forests

Code of Federal Regulations

Below, in pdf format, is a list of general rules and regulations. This is not a comprehensive list of regulations. It contains both Supervisor's Orders and Code of Federal Regulations.  The full set is published in Title 36: Parks, Forests, and Public Property of the Code of Federal Regulations, available at Forest Service offices and online at These regulations are updated every year.

Violations are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

What to do if you get a ticket.

See 16 U.S.C. 551, 18 U.S.C. 3559 and 3571.