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 are charged in certain areas to help maintain, manage and improve the facilities that we provide.

Pay At Site Fees | Interagency Passes | Reservations | Daniel Boone Passes | Where Passes Are Used | How Fees Are Used

There are different types of fees at forest recreation sites. Some sites are managed for the Forest Service by private companies, called concessionaires. Fees collected at these sites are used by the company to operate the site and as general revenue.

Where forest passes are required the fee is charged for:

  • Use of any facilities at boat ramps and shooting ranges;
  • Backcountry camping in the Red River Gorge;
  • OHV use of OHV trails;
  • Use of any facilities at Natural Arch Scenic Area.

Rental fees are charged at some sites to cover the administrative costs of managing rentals. These passes are available at local vendors or any Forest Service office. Forest Service offices accept cash, check and credit card payment. Credit cards are accepted at some vendors.

  • 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.
  • Any motorized vehicle or motorcycle that occupies a space in a fee area listed here and/or signed as a fee area is required to display a pass.
  • Interagency pass discounts are only offered when permits are purchased at a Forest Service office. Vendors do not offer the discount.
  • Only one annual pass may be purchased with the pass discount.

PAY AT SITE FEES

Payment envelopes are provided at sites that require fees to be deposited at the recreation site. Accepted payments are cash or check. Change is not available. State and local taxes apply to some fee areas.

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 passes and vouchers may be acquired at any Daniel Boone National Forest office or online at Recreation Fees and Passes | US Forest Service

RESERVATIONS

Reservations at some sites are available by calling recreation.gov at 877-444-6777 or visit https://www.recreation.gov.

  • Reservations can be made only for the summer recreation season.
  • Reservation can be made up to 6 months in advance for individual campsites and 12 months in advance for group campsites and cabins.
  • Some sites may require two or three nights of minimum stay on weekends and holidays.

Reservations can be made up to six months in advance for individual campsites and 12 months in advance for group campsites. Some sites may require a two or three night minimum stay on weekends and holidays. A service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees.

Camping and day use reservation policies are subject to change, so check recreation.gov for most recent policy information.

Reservation Sites

Cumberland District

London District

Picnic Shelter Rentals

Cumberland Ranger District: 

London Ranger District

Stearns Ranger District

Daniel Boone National Forest Passes

Where forest passes are required the fee is charged for: use of any facilities at boat ramps and shooting ranges; for backcountry camping in the Red River Gorge; for OHV use of OHV trails and for use of any facilities at Natural Arch Scenic Area. Rental fees are charged at some sites to cover the administrative costs of managing rentals. These passes are available at local vendors or any Forest Service office. The Forest Service offices accept cash, check and credit card payment. Credit cards are accepted at some vendors.

Where Daniel Boone Recreation Passes Are Used:

Cumberland District - Cave Run Lake

  • Scott Creek, Warix Run, Claylick, Poppin Rock, Alfrey & Longbow Boat Ramps. Hang Tag or Sticker. $3/day; $5/3 day; $30 annual.
  • White Sulphur OHV Trail System. OHV Decal or band. $7/day; $15/3 day; $40/annual.

Cumberland District - Red River Gorge

  • Backcountry camping between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.. Hang Tag or Sticker. $3/day; $5/3 day; $30/annual. 

London District - Laurel River Lake

  • Flatwoods, Grove, Holly Bay,  Marsh Branch and Laurel Bridge Boat Ramps. Hang Tag or Sticker. $3/day; $5/3 day; $30/annual.

Stearns District - 606-376-5323

  • Appletree Shooting Range. Hang Tag, Sticker or Pay at Site. $3/day; $5/3 day; $30/annual.
  • Keno Shooting Range. Hang Tag, Sticker or Pay at Site. $3/day; $5/3 day; $30/annual.
  • Natural Arch Recreation Area. Hang Tag, Sticker or  Pay at Site. $3/day; $5/3 day. $30/annual.

Redbird District - 606-598-2192

  • Redbird Crest Trail. OHV Decal or band. $7/day; $15/3 day; $40/annual. 

How The Fees Are Used

Some fee sites are operated by the Forest Service. Approximately 80 percent of the fees collected at these sites are used to maintain the recreation facilities. Fee revenues help pay for services such as mowing, trash pick-up, toilet cleaning, security lights and other routine operations of the facilities. In addition, fee collections help us make special improvements to better meet visitor needs, such as adding floating docks at boat ramps. The remaining revenues help fund general management of the fee program.

2020 Recreation Fee Program Highlights

2019 Recreation Fee Program Highlights

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