Recreation Fees Change in 2017

2017 Proposed Fee Changes Update

In 2017, visitors to the White Mountain National Forest will notice changes to Recreation Fees. Some areas will no longer require a fee and other sites will increase. Fee increases will begin on June 1, 2017. Recreation fees are used to complete projects that otherwise wouldn’t be funded, including maintenance and improvement of sites. Visitors who purchase a pass are investing in the public land they come here to enjoy.

White Mountain 2017 Recreation Fee Changes

In 2017, visitors to the White Mountain National Forest will notice changes to Recreation Fees. This changes include:

Fee Changes
  • Annual Passes will cost $30.
  • Household Passes will cost $40.
  • Daily Passes will cost $5.50.
  • Weekly passes will no loger be available.

Pay stations at the following sites on the Andro District will no longer be maintained.

  • 19 Mile

Pay stations at the following sites on the Pemi District will no longer be maintained.

  • East Pond
  • Greely Pond
  • Sugarloaf
  • Hancock Overlook and Hancock Trailhead

Pay stations at the following sites on the Saco District will no longer be maintained.

  • Sawyer Pond
  • Downes Brooke
  • Oliverian

Recreation Fee Information

The White Mountain National Forest has long been loved for its outstanding recreation opportunities. The draw for many visitors are the easily accessible day use sites and scenic areas with higher amenity facilities.

Ninety five percent of the revenue collected at recreation fee sites remains on the Forest to operate, maintain and improve the facilities and recreation programs. Fees are used to maintain day-use sites including trash pickup, septic pumping, painting, and cleaning, and to address the backlog of deferred maintenance, conduct patrols and maintain highly used trails, shelters, and campsites, and to assist visitors with information and education services such as Leave No Trace and hikeSafe. Visitors who purchase a pass are investing in the public land they come here to enjoy.

Photos of Recent Projects Funded by Recreation Fees

Fee Change Process

Public Input on Fee Changes

This past summer the Forest asked for public comments on a proposal to change recreation fees including increasing the cost of a daily recreation pass from $3 to $5, an annual pass from $25 to $30, and eliminating the weekly and household passes. The household pass enables people in the same household to purchase passes for two vehicles at a reduced fee.  After a review of the comments received, it became clear that the household recreation pass - is an important option for many families to be able to recreate on the national forest.  We are now proposing to retain this pass option but increase the pass from $25 to $40.