Passes & Permits

The Huron-Manistee National Forests manages resources to meet sustainable resource management objectives.  Management protects natural resource values, public health and safety, and is consistent with the Forest land and resource management plans outlined in the Forest Plan.  In order to meet these objectives, permits may be required for the occupancy and use of Forest Service land.  Additionally, passess assist in funding certain management projects.


When DON'T You Need A Permit?

  • When you are gathering edible material (morels, etc.)for your own consumption.
  • When you are camping in a dispersed area.
  • When you are at a site that doesn't require a Recreation Enhancement Act Fee.
  • When you are building a campfire on National Forest System lands you can collect a reasonable quantity of wood for the campfire without a permit.


When DO You Need A Permit?

  • For some recreation activities:
    • At most day use sites such as trailheads, picnic areas and river access sites
    • Fee for Kirtland warbler Guided Tours
    • Watercraft Permit reservation fees for the Pine and Pere Marquette River
    • Reserving a campsite in the Au Sable River Primitive Camping
  • For collecting fuelwood or cutting Christmas Trees.
  • Special Use Permits are required for commercial and non-commercial use of NFS lands, including:
    • Easements for electrical and utility lines,
    • roads to access private property bound by National Forest lands,
    • oil and gas pipelines, wells or holding tanks, etc.
    • Minerals


Special Use Permits

Special use permits are required for commercial and non-commercial use of NFS lands. In 2015, to better manage future proposals, the following schedule is being implemented. Submit a complete application package to the nearest Forest Service office by:


  • January 1 for proposed uses occurring between May 1 and October 31 of that year and,
  • June 1 for proposed uses occurring between November 1 and April 31 of that year.

Firewood Permits

Tree rings - Firewood Permit

Firewood Permits are available from April 1 to March 31st of each year. 


Pine and Pere Marquette River Permits

Pere Marquette River at Bowman Bridge

Pine and Pere Marquette River permits are required from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend to the Monday of Labor Day weekend. 

Kirtland's Warbler Guided Tours

Kirtlands Warbler in a tree

Information on guided Kirtland's warbler tours.


Au Sable River Primitive Camping

LMVC - Overlook

Reservation policy for the AuSable River Primitive Campsites between Alcona Pond and Lake Huron.

Interagency and Forest Recreation Passes

Recreation Fee Symbol - Sign at Recreation Sites

Information on Forest and Interagency Passes, along with a list of sites that charge a Recreation Enhancement Act Fee.