The Stanislaus National Forest is located in the eastern center of California.
Where is this Forest?


Passes & Permits


Recreation Passes

The Interagency Annual Pass is available for Federal recreation sites that charge an entry fee. Single day, multi-day and annual passes are available. Learn more...

Forest Product Permits

A variety of products ranging from fuelwood to decorative floral greens, cones, mushrooms, boughs, rocks and poles are just some of the products which come from the forest. Like other forest resources, they must be carefully managed to protect them and ensure a lasting supply for the future. Contact a local District Office first to see if permits are required. Learn more...

Campfire Permits

A California campfire permit is required for a fire outside a designated recreation site. A permit is available free-of-charge at any Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Bureau of Land Management office. Learn more...

Special Use Permits

"Special Uses" provides services supporting our national policy and federal land laws by authorizing uses on National Forest System (NFS) land, other than the typical small-scale uses (recreation, camping, etc) enjoyed by the public. Special uses may involve everything from outfitting & guide activities, ski resorts, lodging, and marinas to energy transmission and development, commercial filming, and much more. Learn more..

Christmas Trees
Please be advised that cutting a Christmas tree in the Stanislaus National Forest is prohibited and permits are not available for this use. There are several Christmas Tree Farms in the area and several National Forest in California that do sell permits. Learn more...


Recreation Fee Program

The majority of the recreation fees collected stay on the forest and go right back into operating, maintaining and improving the recreational opportunities visitors use and value the most - campgrounds, developed day use sites, boat ramps, trails, rental cabins and lookouts, and much more. Funds are also used to provide enhanced services such as interpretive programs, visitor information , and transportation systems. Take a look at the forest accomplishment reports for specific details on how your fees were used.