The public can buy permits to collect mushrooms at Forest Service offices in Willows, Stonyford, Covelo, and Upper Lake or order by mail. The Mendocino National Forest sells three different mushroom permits:

  1. A $20 permit allows up to eight gallons of mushrooms, collected over four consecutive days. 
  2. A $50 permit allows up to 20 gallons, collected over 30 consecutive days.  Additional days may be purchased for $5 a day. 
  3. A $100 season permit allows up to 40 gallons for the season. 

If you reach your gallon limit, you can buy another permit. Check current conditions before venturing to the forest to collect mushrooms. Each permit is only valid for collecting mushrooms from National Forest System lands within the Covelo Ranger District, Upper Lake Ranger District, and Grindstone Ranger District.