Passes & Permits

Recreation Passes & Permits

Annual Passes 2017 Information for Annual, Senior, Access, Volunteer, and the Southern Sierra Passes for 2016. Information is also available for Campfire Permits, River Permits, and Wilderness Permits.

Forest Product Permits

Forest productsInformation for Firewood Cutting permits. Permits are needed when firewood will be cut and taken off the forest. Wood collected for campfires while camping on the forest do not need a permit. Firewood can not be cut, collected, and transported off the forest without a permit.

Event/Commercial Permits

Special Use PermitsCertain types of uses of public lands require "Special Use Authorizations". These include commercial activities, such as filming and guiding. Non-commercial uses may also require Special Use Authorizations, including recreation residences and organized events and gatherings.

Campfire Permits

CampfireCampfire Permits are required for the use of campfires, charcoal fires or portable gas stoves outside a designated recreation sites. These are free and are available at all Forest Service, BLM, or CAL FIRE offices, or online at

River Use Permits

River Use permitOn the Upper and Lower Kern Runs, the Sequoia National Forest provides an annual permit which is free of charge. Boaters need to pick up these permits in person at a Forest Service office in Kernville, Lake Isabella.

Wilderness Permits

Wilderness permitWilderness permits are required only for overnight stay in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Sequoia National Forest. Permits help the Forest Service to manage wilderness by tracking visitor use patterns.


2021 Federal Holidays

During Federally recognized holiday's, ranger stations may be closed and services limited. 

  • Friday, January 1: New Years Day
  • Monday, January 18: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 15: President's Day
  • Monday, May 31: Memorial Day
  • Monday, July 5: Independence Day (observed)
  • Monday, September: Labor Day
  • Monday, October 11: Columbus Day
  • Thursday, November 11: Veterans Day
  • Friday, December 24: Christmas Day (observed)