Passes & Permits

Before you plan an activity on the Forest, please be sure to check whether or not you need a permit or pass. 

Recreation Pass Information

National Recreation Fees and Passes - includes America the Beautiful passes, Interagency Annual Pass, Every Kid Outdoors, Interagency Military Pass, etc.

The passes are available at most national forest or grassland offices, including the Fishlake National Forest.

Forest Product Permits

Forest Products are forest resources not associated with timber sale contracts but are used for personal, commercial, and scientific purposes.  Examples are firewood, posts and poles, Christmas trees, mushrooms, moss, transplants, cones, and boughs.Anytime you cut or remove something from the forest, you will need a permit. To get a permit you will need to visit one of our district offices. Permits may be free-use or a charge associated with it.

Special Use Permits

As a steward of the National Forests, the Forest Service has a duty to minimize resource impacts on National Forest System lands. Large group gatherings in the National Forests may have significant adverse impacts on Forest resources, public health and safety, and the agency’s ability to allocate space in the face of increasing constraints on the use of National Forest System land. A permit system allows the agency to address these problems more expeditiously, more effectively, and more equitably.

The Fishlake National Forest manages special uses consistent with National Forest Service Direction and that direction is found at

According to forest regulations, certain group gatherings require a special use permit for use of National Forest System lands. Under the regulation, an activity that involves a group of 75 or more people, either as participants or spectators, is considered a 'group use'. A 'noncommercial' use is any activity where an entry or participation fee is not charged, and the primary purpose is not the sale of a goods or service. Some examples of noncommercial group uses are weddings, church services, endurance rides, regattas, camping trips, hikes, music festivals, rallies, graduations, and races.

Please contact the Ranger District Offices for further information about non-recreation special use permits and recreation special use permits.