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A Notice To All Sierra National Forest Visitors

Sierra National Forest (SNF) officials announce opening of more developed recreation day use and picnic sites adding to the current list of open sites, and issue Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-05 SNF Developed Recreation Site Closures through June 18, 2020. Forest officials have been working closely and consulting with state and local Public Health officials for direction in a phased approach to safely opening recreation sites on the forest.

The order does not close trails, trailheads, and general forest areas, and dispersed camping remains available and open for public use and enjoyment. Information on individual recreation sites and opportunities are available by calling your local Sierra National Forest office.

Forest and California Land Management (CLM) crews have been working at what normally would take approximately two to three weeks to prepare and open a campground and prepare picnic areas for the season, this year we have been given an added twist to this preparation with response to COVID-19. Preparation work includes removing hazard trees, brushing and sweeping the roads, cleaning sites, fire rings, and restrooms, and turning on and testing water systems. The SNF and CLM are working hard to expedite this work and the opening of sites, while meeting very specific health and safety standards.

Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-05 - Sierra National Forest Developed Recreation Site Closure Order

As of June 04, 2020 the following SNF day-use recreation areas on the Bass Lake Ranger District have met the guidelines of the CDC, and state and local agencies are re-open:

Bass Lake Ranger District:

  • Wishon Boating Site
  • The Falls Picnic Site
  • Lakeside Picnic Site
  • Rocky Point Picnic Site
  • Denver Church Picnic Site
  • Little Denver Picnic Site
  • Pine Slope Picnic Site
  • Willow Cove Picnic Area
  • Recreation Point Picnic Area

High Sierra Ranger District:

  • Huntinton Boat Launch
  • Billy Creek Picnic Site

If you do plan on visiting the SNF please be aware that:

Trash removal is currently offered in select locations – please pack out all trash and waste

Some toilet facilities maybe currently closed – please plan accordingly

Avoid high-risk activities – search and rescue operations may be limited, these activities include water activities on the many rivers, streams, and lakes, and wilderness backpacking located on the Sierra National Forest. Water safety tips 

• Campfire Restrictions are in effect – Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-06 COVID-19 Fire Restrictions

Avoid crowds - if an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location

Our personal responsibility is critical to ensuring public safety and preventing further restrictions. Outdoor recreation can be beneficial for your health but must be practiced safely and responsibly. We recommend exercising close to your home and complying with local and state guidance of not traveling for your recreation needs.


Forest Order No. 05-15-00-20-06 COVID-19 Fire Restrictions

We would like to also remind our visitors that all SNF offices remain physically closed during this time however, we do have staff working virtually to assist with your information needs. 

Office hours and phone contacts as follows:

High Sierra Ranger District... 559-855-5355, Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bass Lake Ranger District... 559-877-2218, Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Forest Supervisors Office... 559-297-0706, Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

For tips from the CDC on preventing illnesses like the coronavirus, go to:

Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is available at:

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Information regarding Campgrounds: Forest Order No. 05-15-00-19-08 Developed Recreation Site and Road Closure

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