Proposed Recreation Fee Changes Information and Comment Page

For over a decade, fees at recreation areas on the Ouachita National Forest have remained at their current levels with some having never changed since 2004. As a result, a Recreation Resource Advisory Committee (RAC), has been established to ensure fee proposals are reasonable and publicly acceptable. By law, fee change proposals for national forest recreation areas are presented for public comment and must be approved by the RAC. Members of this committee are citizens representing a broad array of recreational interests.

The goal of these changes is to establish a consistent fee schedule for all recreation areas in the Ouachita National Forest and to provide extra value for forest visitors through the federal America the Beautiful program.

Fee Proposals

  • Wolf Pen Gap OHV Trail Complex. The proposed fees are to be phased in over a period from March 2024 to March 2028, beginning with a fee of $5.00 per OHV/ATV/UTV per day, or $40.00 annual yearly pass; then increasing to the final fee of $10.00 per OHV/ATV/UTV per day, or $60.00 for annual yearly pass in March 2028.
  • Little Missouri Falls Day Use Site at $5.00 per motorized vehicle, per day. 
  • Shady Lake Recreation Site, Caretaker’s Cabin and area. Proposed use fee is to be $100.00 per night for use of the cabin and $10.00 per tent, per night, set up adjacent to the cabin. A maximum of 4-tents, no more than 48-inches in height at center pole, would be allowed.

Current Status

The period for public comment is open until close of business December 31, 2023.

Ways to Comment

You can use the mapping tool to look up and comment on specific sites, or make a general comment on a fee proposal. You can also comment by email, mail, at an office, or by phone.

Story Map

Submit comments on this interactive map here: https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=72a44f7743c948b69e9b273c6cfc5f60.

Email

r8_ouachita_recreation@usda.gov with the site name in the subject line.

Mail

Written letters to the Ouachita National Forest can be submitted to:

Ouachita National Forest

Attention: Bill Jackson

P.O. Box 1270

Hot Springs, Arkansas 71902

Phone or Visit

Oral comments may be provided in person at the Ouachita National Forest during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) or by calling 501-321-5253 and indicating you would like to provide comments on the proposed recreation fee changes.