Passes & Permits

Recreation Passes & Permits

Annual Passes 2017 A variety of Federal Recreational Land Passes provide opportunities to help you enjoy your National Forest and can save you money.

Forest Product Permits

Forest productsCollecting products on National Forest System lands for commercial and private use requires a Forest Product Permit. Commonly requested permits are for mushrooms, posts, poles and rails, and pinecones.

Special Use Permits

Special Use PermitsTahoe National Forest provides a variety of land use and commercial or organized recreation opportunities which may require a special use permit.

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

Woodcutting Permits

fuelwood permit Fuelwood Cutting on the Tahoe National Forest has changed due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here for up to date information.


Wilderness Permits

Wilderness permitThe Granite Chief Wilderness is one of the few wilderness areas where a permit is not required for entry or camping.


Fee-Free Days

The Forest Service waives recreation fees at most day-use sites on lands managed by the agency. Participation by concession-operated sites may vary. The 2020 dates are:

Christmas Tree Permits:

Permits are available in limited quantities for cutting on the Sierraville and Truckee Ranger Districts of the Tahoe National Forest. For details regarding where to purchase your Christmas Tree permits, select one of the links below:

For other National Forests, see the links below: