Passes & Permits

Wapiti Cabin, Located on the Hebgen Lake Ranger District, Available as Rental Cabin

Many activities on National Forest System lands are free, however a special use permit may be required for certain activites on National Forest System lands.  If the information you are seeking is not listed below please Contact the Custer Gallatin Supervisor's Office.


Special Use Permit Application Process


Recreation Passes and Permits

  • Federal Interagency Recreation Passes (including annual, military, senior and access)
  • Recreation Residences
  • Forest Service Recreation Rental Cabins

Forest Products Permits

  • Firewood permits
  • Petrified wood collection
  • Christmas tree cutting
  • Mushroom collecting
  • Berry picking
  • Landscape Rock collecting
  • Personal post and pole permits

Event and Commercial Permits Horses packing gear into Absaroka - Beartooth Wilderness

  • Filming (motion picture) and still photography
  • Organized events (a gathering of 75 people or more such as a wedding or recreational event)
  • Outfitting and guiding
  • Business or commercial activities (such as telecommunications or power lines).


Appeal Decisions for 36 CFR 214 Appeals - Permitted Occupancy and Use of National Forest System lands

2017 Beartooth Treasure Hunters Appeal Decision



  • Burn Permits - available online through the respective county at: and at the local fire stations listed on that site.
  • Road use permits
  • Water lines

Burn Permits are issued through individual counties and Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).


Planning a trip to another National Forest in the nation?
Visit the national recreational fees and passes website and pick the region you wish to visit.