Recreation Passes & Permits

Many recreation activities in the Ocala National Forest are available at no cost to the recreational user. Explore the wonder of the Juniper Prairie Wilderness by foot, or take a quiet paddle down a winding passage of the Ocklawaha River. Settle down on the edge of Redwater Lake and watch the sandhill cranes fly by at sunrise.

Where developed recreation areas are concerned, however, there is a cost to operating these areas that is recouped through the use of day use fees.  This includes our extensive network of OHV trails and many of our day use areas, especially our major springs.

To provide an affordable alternative for frequent visitors to the Ocala National Forest, or for folks who make our forest a destination for a week's vacation, we offer a variety of recreational passes and permits that help you save money on day use.

Recreation Fee Program Accomplishment Report 2015

Hunting or fishing?

Although the Ocala National Forest works in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), we do not issue licenses or permits for hunting or fishing. You may purchase these at local outfitters or online from FWC


Swimming in the springs?

Our major recreation areas are managed by Recreation Resource Management. They offer an annual pass for day use access to Alexander Springs, Clearwater Lake, Juniper Springs, Salt SpringsSilver Glen Springs, and Wildcat Lake, available for purchase on-site. 


Visiting day use areas?

Those not managed by our concessionaires are covered by the America the Beautful Pass, which offers entry to fee use areas in National Forests as well as admission to National Parks and other federal public lands throughout the United States.


Planning for deer season?

Our designated hunt camps require a special use permit, which can be purchased at either the Lake George Ranger District Station or the Seminole Ranger District Station.