Passes & Permits

Various passes and permits are available on the Kisatchie National Forest. The Forest Service provides many goods and services in a sustainable manner. Passes and permits help to provide those opportunities while protecting the natural resources.

Special Use Permits

Before a special use proposal is approved, the agency must determine that the proposed use complies with the Forest's land and resource management plan; that National Environmental Policy Act requirements are met; there is a demonstrated need for the activity on National Forest System lands; and the use is appropriate on National Forest System lands.

None of the existing special use authorities provide for pemanent use of National Forest System lands.

Special use permits for firewood, road access, etc. may be obtained by contacting the appropriate Ranger District Office for more details and information about how to obtain a permit.

Recreation Permits and Passes

There are a number of different types of recreation passes available. Information for obtaining recreation permits and passes may be found here.

Pic of four types of America the Beautiful Passes


Every Kid in a Park - Free Pass for All 4th GradersGraphic of kids playing by a tree with words every kid outdoors

A federal public lands youth initiative to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country's natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture. Get your pass by visiting the website.

Hunting Rules and Regulations, Permits, Dates:

Louisiana is not called "Sportman's Paradise" for nothing! Some of the best hunting and fishing may be found on the Kisatchie National Forest. Hunters are expected to follow the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hunting regulations and guidelines. For information on hunting seasons, licenses, permits and other details, please visit the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. For a quick guide to the dates for the various seasons on the Kisatchie, please download this document. If you wish to hunt in one of two National Wildlife Management Preserves on the Kisatchie National Forest, you will need a self-clearing permit. Catahoula NWMP (36,000 acres) is within the Winn and Catahoula Ranger Districts (RD) and Red Dirt NWMP (38,000 acres) is within the Kisatchie RD. Hunters are also expected to follow all other Forest rules and regulations, observing authorized roads and trails and designated recreation areas. Click here for the most current motor vehicle use maps, as well as maps to each District (which may be found in the right hand column under 'Brochures & Maps.')