Passes & Permits

  • National Recreation Passes

    National Federal Recreation Passes.

    National passes cover entrance fees found a federal recreation areas such as National Parks and wildlife refuges. They also cover the use of facilities and services at many day use sites on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. There are several pass options to consider. To make the best choice on which pass to purchase, you should think about your recreation plans for the next year.

  • Recreation Permits

    Hikers on a scenic mountain trail.

    Recreation permits may be required when extra measures are needed to protect natural or cultural resources. Recreation permits can include: Wilderness Permits, Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area permits and Rifle Range permits. Please contact the nearest Forest Service office for information about permits that may be required in that area.

  • Forest Product Permits

    A stack of firewood.

    Many forests offer fuelwood, Christmas Tree and other forest product permits. Please contact the nearest Forest Service office for information about permits that may be required in that area, chainsaw use and seasonal restrictions.

  • Special Use Permits

    A filming crew in the forest.

    Special Use Permits grant certain rights or privileges to occupy and use a specific area. These permits contain specific terms and conditions that the permit holder must follow. They are issued to profit and non-profit organizations and include activities such as: Group activities that have 75 or more people, Outfitting and Guiding, Weddings, Commercial Photography and Bicycle Races.

  • Campfire Permits

    A campfire at a campground.

    Campfire Permits are required for the use of campfires, charcoal fires or portable gas stoves outside of designated recreation sites. These are free and are available at all Forest Service, BLM, or CAL FIRE offices, or online (printer required). Remember to check for fire restrictions before you go!

  • Obsidian Permits

    A colorful chunk of obsidian.

    Obsidian collection season will run this year from July 1 through Labor Day Weekend. Adults 18 years or older will be issued one-day permits authorizing collection of two five-gallon buckets of obsidian using hand tools only. A maximum of three permits per person per year can be issued up to three days in advance.Permits are only available at the Modoc National Forest Headquarters at 225 W. 8th St. in Alturas, Calif. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. 

  • Christmas Tree Permits

    A Christmas tree branch with tags/permits.

    You can cut your own Christmas tree on the Modoc National Forest by purchasing a permit. The $10.00 permits are normally available at the Modoc National Forest headquarters in Alturas and the District offices in Adin, Cedarville and Tulelake.

  • Mushroom Picking

    Mushrooms growing in the forest.

    Matsutake mushrooms may be collected only on a commercial permit. Matsutake season usually runs from early September through early November. Permits may be purchased for 5 days, 7 days, 30 days or the full season. For Matsutake permit prices, rules and exact collection dates contact the nearest District Office. Permits must be purchased in person and identification is required.