Developed Recreation Sites - Regulations

Check the visitor information board at each site for current regulations pertaining to the use of Forest Service developed recreation facilities.   The following is a partial list of regulations governing the use of Forest Service campgrounds and other developed recreation sites:


  1. Throw all garbage and litter in containers provided for this purpose or take it with you.
  2. Garbage containers, when provided, are reserved for visitors to the National Forest, not for visitors or owners of private lands or lands under permit.
  3. Wash food and personal items away from drinking water supplies.  Use water faucets for drawing water only.
  4. Prevent pollution-keep garbage, litter, and foreign substances out of lakes, streams, and other water.
  5. Use toilets properly. Do not throw garbage, litter, fish cleanings, or other foreign substances in toilets and plumbing fixtures.

Operating Motor Vehicles:

  1. Obey all traffic signs and posted speed limits. State traffic laws apply to the National Forests unless otherwise specified.
  2. When operating vehicles of any kind, do not damage the land or vegetation, or disturb wildlife.
  3. Within campgrounds and other recreation sites, use licensed vehicles such as motorbikes, motorcycles, or other motor vehicles only for entering or leaving, unless areas or trails are specifically marked for them. Park only in marked parking areas.
  4. For the safety and convenience of others, do not block, restrict, or interfere with the use of roads or trails.
  5. Operate trail bikes and other off-road vehicles to avoid damage to the Forest. Obey area and trail restrictions on such use.


  1. Obey restrictions on fires. Fires may be limited or prohibited at certain times.
  2. Within campgrounds and other recreation sites, build fires only in fire rings, stoves, grills, or fireplaces provided for that purpose.
  3. Keep flammable materials away from campfires.
  4. You are responsible for keeping fires under control. Be sure your fire is completely extinguished before leaving. Do not leave trash of any kind within the fire ring.


  1. Use picnic sites, swimming beaches, and other days use areas only between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
  2. Campgrounds and other recreation sites can be used only for recreation purposes. Permanent use or use as a principal residence without authorization is prohibited.
  3. In campgrounds, camp only in those places specifically marked or provided.
  4. At least one person must occupy a camping area during the first night after camping equipment has been set up, unless permission has been granted by a Forest Service employee or campground host.
  5. Camping equipment cannot be left unattended for more than 24 hours.  The Federal Government is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal property.
  6. Remove all personal property and trash when leaving.

Fee Sites:

  1. A fee may be required to use certain developed sites and facilities. Such areas are clearly signed or posted as requiring a fee. Fees are charged for camping at most campgrounds, overnight lodging at cabins, and to park a vehicle at most trailheads.
  2. Where fees are required, they must be paid before using the site, facility, equipment, or receiving a service.
  3. Pay special attention to extra fees associated with fee sites, two-vehicle rule at campsites, etc. Take the time to read the information boards at developed sites and trailheads.