Passes & Permits
Before you plan an activity, please be sure to check whether or not you need a permit or pass. Forest Service offices can provide more information.
You will need a recreation pass for many trailheads, picnic areas, boat launches and interpretive sites. Visitors to designated wilderness areas need a permit. Revenues from pass sales go to maintaining and improving the trails, land and facilities.
Day-use visitors may obtain a free, self-issue permit at ranger stations and trailheads.
You need a special use permit when you charge a participation fee for an activity, gatherings of 75 or more people, commercial hauling or commercial filming.
Forest products are non-timber vegetative material used for personal, commercial and scientific purposes such as firewood, Christmas trees, wildflowers, cones, poles, tree boughs, nuts and berries, mushrooms, ornamental cuttings, moss and rocks.