Passes & Permits

Recreation Passes & Permits

Recreation PassesLocal Passes and Permits related to recreating on the forest. These include wilderness permits, campfire permits, cabin rental permits, annual day passes, sno-park permits, and National Interagency Passes.

Forest Product Permits

Forest productsCollecting and removing forest products requires a permit. Forest products include items; such as, firewood, christmas trees, edible material, decorative material, minerals, plants, and other woody material.

Event or Commercial Special Use Permits

Special Use PermitsCertain types of uses of public lands require "Special Use Authorizations". These include commercial activities, such as filming, guiding, and events.

Campfire Permits

CampfireNational Forest System lands in the Tahoe Basin are under year-round fire restrictions. Campfires and charcoal are only allowed within metal fire rings in designated campgrounds. Follow the campfire link to read more.

Wilderness Permits

WildernessDesolation and Mokelumne Wilderness are two of the many beautiful ares of public land designated by Congress to be as free as possible from the impact of human use. Travel is by foot or horseback as no vehicles are allowed in these areas.

Other Special Use Permits

Film PermitNon-commercial uses may also require Special Use Authorizations, including large group use, recreation organized events and gatherings, Recreation Residence permits, road use permits, easements, etc.


Fee-Free Days

The Forest Service waives recreation fees at most day-use sites on lands managed by the agency. Participation by concession-operated sites may vary. The 2020 dates are:

Weddings in the Lake Tahoe Basin

An outdoor wedding ceremony may be held in certain places on National Forest System lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin under the operations of specified wedding service providers. These wedding providers operate under a Special Use Permit with the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, which authorizes them to conduct wedding ceremonies at specific locations on public land. Visit the Outdoor Weddings in the Lake Tahoe Basin webpage for more information, or call the Forest Supervisor's office at (530) 543-2694, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.