Campfire Restrictions in Effect on National Forests

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A Notice To All Sierra National Forest Visitors

Do your part: If you or anyone in your household is feeling sick, please remain at home and plan your trip for another time. All visitors should practice self-sufficiency during your visits to the national forest.

Recreating responsibly will help ensure that expanded access to recreational facilities, services, and opportunities continue.

These Practices should be exercised at all times, including:

• Maintaining at least six feet distancing from others
• Do not gather in groups and please follow the latest guidance from officials
• Communicate with others as you pass. Alert trail users of your presence and step aside to let others pass
• Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use. TREAD LIGHTLY... www.lnt.org 
• All services may not be available, so please plan accordingly.


Sierra National Forest (SNF) officials announce opening of more developed recreation day use and picnic sites adding to the current list of open developed recreation sites, and issue Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-13 SNF Developed Recreation Site Closures effective through October 01, 2020. 

The order does not close trails, trailheads, and general forest areas, and dispersed camping remains available and open for public use and enjoyment. 

Effective July 16, 2020 the following SNF day-use recreation areas, developed campgrounds on the Bass Lake Ranger District and High Sierra Ranger District have met all safety guidelines to re-open. For the full list of open recreation sites please view the following link:

Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-13 - Sierra National Forest Developed Recreation Site Closure 

Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-14 - Sierra National Forest Recreation Site and Road Closure

Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-14 EXHIBIT A

Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-14 EXHIBIT B

Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-14 EXHIBIT C

Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-14 EXHIBIT D


Wilderness Permits - are still available by reservation or first come first served opportunities. Fore more information on how you can obtain a wilderness permit, please follow this link Wilderness Permits. Or to speak with a Forest Representative please call:

Ansel Adams Wilderness :

 Bass Lake Ranger District Office at 559-877-2218 ext. 0

John Muir, Kaiser, Dinkey Lakes, and Ansel Adams Wilderness :

 High Sierra Ranger District Office at 559-855-5355 ext. 0, 3300 or 3301

Fire Restrictions
Please be aware that fire restrictions are in effect. Campfires are currently prohibited everywhere on the SNF except within the stoves (including grills) and fire rings provided in developed campgrounds and recreations sites that are listed as exempt in the forest order. Please refer to Forest Order 05-15-00-20-06 for details. IMPORTANT: Not all developed campgrounds are exempt from fire restrictions.  

It is also important to note that persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are not exempt from these restrictions. However, persons with a valid California Campfire Permit may use a portable campfire pit, stove or lantern, that uses gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel, with a shutoff valve in an area that is at least three feet from any flammable materials. 

California Campfire Permits can be obtained online at www.preventwildfireca.org. 

We appreciate your cooperation in doing your part to keep our national forests and their surrounding communities safe and healthy for everyone’s use. 


Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-06  Fire Restrictions COVID-19

SNF offices remain physically closed during this time however, we do have staff working virtually to assist with your information needs. 

MAPS: You can purchase Sierra National Forest Visitor Maps through our partner organization, Three Forests Interpretive Association (3FIA). The 3FIA web site is now fully functioning to sell maps click here: www.3forests.us.  

Office hours and phone contacts as follows:

High Sierra Ranger District... 559-855-5355, Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Bass Lake Ranger District... 559-877-2218, Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Forest Supervisors Office... 559-297-0706, Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Coronavirus - COVID-19 Response information links:

For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019

Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at: www.usda.gov/coronavirus.

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We have a lot more information about recreation opportunities across the forest.

**JOHN MUIR TRAIL** Minimum Impact Wilderness Regulation

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**CAMPING RESTRICTIONS**Forest Order No. 05-15-00-19-10 

**PARKING RESTRICTIONS**Forest Order No. 05-15-00-19-11

Information regarding Campgrounds: Forest Order No. 05-15-00-19-08 Developed Recreation Site and Road Closure

Be aware that on remote mountain roads, GPS navigation systems are unreliable...

You can get a campfire permit online!

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You can purchase Sierra National Forest Visitor Maps through our partner organization, Three Forests Interpretive Association (3FIA). The 3FIA web site is now fully functioning to sell maps click here: www.3forests.us.