Recreation Passes & Permits
The Forest Service offers places for hiking, biking, skiing, nature viewing, and scenic drives. Many of the facilities and services associated with these opportunities are free. However, some do require fees or permits to help maintain, manage and improve your national forests and grasslands.
In general, you can purchase many of these passes and permits at any Forest Service office near you.
National Recreation Passes
National passes are honored nationwide at Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard and expanded amenity fees.
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.
- Your best value may be a single-day pass.
- Or if you’re a frequent visitor to one or more sites, a multi-day pass or annual pass that covers a forest or region may be the best buy.
- An Interagency Annual Pass may be your best value if you plan to visit many different federal lands across the nation that include lands managed by other federal agencies.
- You may also qualify for one of the Interagency Lifetime Passes (Interagency Senior Pass or Interagency Access Pass).
- The "Every Kid Outdoors" pass gives fourth graders free access to 2,000-plus federal recreation sites. Detailed information about that pass is available on the Every Kid Outdoors site.
- Active military personnel and their dependents also qualify for an Interagency Annual Military Pass.
The USGS Store provides Frequently Asked Questions about Recreational Passes. For more information about permits and passes, see our national Recreation Fees and Passes website.
Alerts & Warnings
- 05-11-03-23-01 - Milsap Bar Campground and Road Construction Closure
- Forest Order 05-11-23-01 - Stage I Fire Restrictions
- Forest Order 05-11-03-23-02 - Feather River Roads and Trails
- Forest Order 05-11-03-22-01 - Feather River Recreation Sites
- Regional Order No. 20-05 Reckless Driving and Commercial Haul on FS Roads