Recreation Passes and Fees

A poster at a campground lists camp fees and how they are used.

Most National Forest System lands are open and free of charge for your use and enjoyment; however, user fees may be charged at some areas under the provisions of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, established by Congress to replace the former Fee Demo Program.

Use fees for federal lands are not only used for conserving our nation's land, wildlife, waterways and historical sites, but are used to develop, maintain and improve visitor services and recreation opportunities. Almost all the proceeds from forest fees and passes stay on your National Forest and are used for improving your experience