Recreation Permits and Passes

The Daniel Boone National Forest offers a variety of activities such as camping, OHV riding, boating and target shooting. Many of the facilities and services associated with these opportunities are free. However, fees may be charged at certain recreation sites or passes may be required to help maintain, manage, and improve the facilities.

Forest Fees & Passes

The Forest charges fees at some campgrounds and requires the purchase of a pass for access to boat ramps and shooting range facilities, backcountry camping in the Red River Gorge, OHV use of OHV trails, and access to the Natural Arch Scenic Area.

Campground fees may be charged either at the campground or via reservation. Some pay-at-site campgrounds are not staffed and may require you to pay via provided payment envelopes. Accepted payments are cash or check. Change is not available.

Forest passes are available for purchase by cash, check, or card at Daniel Boone National Forest offices. They are also available at many local pass vendors. You may also use the Recreation Pass Order Form.

Passes should be displayed on or in any motorized vehicle that occupies a space in the pass restricted areas below.

Annual passes expire December 31 of the year purchased; 1-day and 3-day passes expire at noon on the day after the last day of the pass. No refunds.

Concessionaire-Operated Site Fees

Some Forest recreation sites are managed for the Forest Service by private companies, called concessionaires. Fees collected at concessionaire-operated sites are used by the company to operate the site and as general revenue.

Interagency Passes

The interagency pass program provides reduced rates for frequent visitors to federal recreation areas. The program includes the Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation.

The following interagency passes and vouchers may be acquired at any Daniel Boone National Forest office or online at Recreation Fees and Passes | US Forest Service. Local vendors will not sell interagency passes nor offer the associated pass discounts. Only one annual pass may be purchased with the pass discount.