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To all Plumas National Forest communities and visitors

While there is still some snow play at higher elevations, spring has sprung on the Plumas National Forest. Developed recreation sites are generally opening in late April into May, as usual.  For recreation opportunities across the Forest see this website at: and Outdoors in Plumas at: . Reservations are available at many sites – see . While more sites will have fees assessed this year, many sites remain fee-free. See both 2021 Fee and Fee-free sites

Woodcutting is allowed with a permit in open areas and if daily fire restrictions allow (1-800-847-7766).

Some national forest lands, roads, trails, and recreation sites near and within recent fire areas are closed to all forest activities. Feather River Ranger District Recreation Site, Bridge, and River Area Closure - map and Feather River Ranger District Fire Emergency Road and Trail Closure - map.

Drought conditions continue throughout CA and while fire restrictions on public lands including campfires, outdoor BBQ's, and smoking have been lifted, conditions may change at any time, likely earlier this year. Always “know before you go.”

Campfire Permits are available online

Information about burning on private land (under state jurisdiction), including obtaining online burn permits may be found at:


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Image of stacked split firewoodPersonal Use Firewood Permits Required – The Plumas National Forest free personal woodcutting permit program has been extended through December 31, 2021. Permits and tags are required and may be acquired by email return correspondences (or by phone call with email return correspondence). Hard copy mailing of permit and tags is temporarily halted until further notice. Free-use permits that were set to expire on April 30 will be extended through December 31, 2021. Customers may cut up to 12 cords per calendar year with permits. Personal use firewood may not be sold. Commercial firewood cutters (buy/sell/trade wood) require commercial (not personal use) permits. Green trees may not be cut for personal or commercial use.

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Campground Hosts Needed!

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If you love camping and like people, being a volunteer campground host may be the perfect activity for you this summer. Several hosts are needed for campgrounds at Little Grass Valley Reservoir near La Porte, California. Secret tip: A full moon over Black Rock Campground is not to be missed!

New Campground Reservation Opportunities and Some New Fee Sites

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More campsites across the Plumas National Forest (Feather River Canyon, Bucks Lake, Lake Davis, and Lakes Basin recreation areas) will be available by reservation this year. Visitors can also expect to pay modest fees at additional recreation sites managed by Outdoors in Plumas, the concessionaire operating under permit to the Plumas National Forest.

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Incident Contracting with the Federal Government

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Want to contract with the Forest Service for fire and other all-hazard incidents? Visit:

Bald eaglet safety – temporary campground closure

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Nesting bald eagles protected with a partial campground closure through July 15, 2021 in the vicinity of Little Grass Reservoir.


New Bucks Lake Wilderness/Pacific Crest Trail Kiosk

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Hikers will see a new interpretive kiosk near the southern edge of the Bucks Lake Wilderness, showcasing the Pacific Crest Trail and the history of the Bucks Lake Wilderness. 

Fire use restrictions

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Fire use restrictions have been lifted for the season.

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