Passes & Permits

The Lincoln National Forest offers many activities such as hiking, biking, camping, birding, driving for pleasure, harvesting plants and gathering firewood. Many of these activities, facilities and services are free. However, some do require fees, permits or both to help maintain, manage and improve the amenities you enjoy.


America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes are a suite of annual and lifetime passes that provides an affordable and convenient way to access Federal recreational lands across multiple agencies. Up to 100% of the pass program's proceeds are used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services. Passes can be purchased at our offices or online. See which pass is right for you.

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Recreation Permits

  • Caving Permits
  • UAS/Drone Permits

Forest Products Permits

  • Fuel Wood Permits
  • Christmas Tree Permits

Event, Commercial and Special-Use Permits

In general, permits are necessary for any activity that requires the forest to be altered in any way. A special-use permit grants rights or privileges of occupancy and use subject to specified terms and conditions on National Forest land. There are over 100 special-use types, however the most common special-use permits include:

  • Outfitter and Guiding
  • Commercial Photography/Filming
  • Easements
  • Events/Group Use of +75 People (i.e. Gatherings, Weddings, Parties.)