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Sierra National Forest Wilderness Permits to move to

Launching on March 09, 2021, overnight visitors to the SNF wilderness areas will be able to make their wilderness permit reservations using the website Visitors will now be able to begin making wilderness permit reservations on March 09, 2021 0700AM (PST). In the meantime, please explore the Sierra National Forest’s Wilderness Permit information on Recreation.Gov to learn about this new opportunity prior to the go live date.  


Sierra National Forest Continues Forest Closures for Public Safety  

The Sierra National Forest (SNF) announces the closure extension of select recreation sites, roads and trails. Closure Order No. 05-15-00-21-02 SNF Recreation Site, Road and Trail Closure supersedes previous Closure Order No. 05-15-00-21-01 SNF Developed Recreation and Trail Closure. For clarity and simplification we’re issuing this order to protect the public from hazards within the SNF as a result of the existing tree mortality and associated hazards due to the recent Creek Fire, the net result will be a significant amount of acreage that will be opened. This order will be in effect from February 04, 2021 – March 19, 2021.


Forest Order No. 05-15-00-21-02 Sierra National Forest Recreation Site, Road and Trail Closure 

This Order is effective from February 04, 2021 - March 19, 2021.

See full closure order click link: Forest Order No. 05-15-00-21-02 (Order)

See full Record please click link: Forest Order No. 05-15-00-21-02 (Record

Entering or using the Developed Recreation Sites on the National Forest System, being on the National Forest System Roads, and being on the Natioal Forest System Trails lands within the Sierra National Forest
Closure Area as listed  here in Exhibit A



          Wood cutting has been extended through December 31, 2020

No Wood Cutting Zone Maps please click: Bass Lake Ranger District - High Sierra Ranger District


 Recreation Residence Clean-up - Permit Holder - Information

The Sierra National Forest (SNF) will allow individuals who have a justified need to access closed areas due to the Creek Fire to return to their property. Please follow this link for more information regarding the procedures and processes to take to gain access. 

Permit Holder Access/Recreation Residence Clean-up


SNF offices remain physically closed during this time however, we do have staff working virtually to assist with your information needs. 

  • High Sierra Ranger District: 559-855-5355 - ex.0, or 3300/3301
  • Bass Lake Ranger District: 559-877-2218 - ex.0
  • Forest Supervisors Office: 559-297-0706

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**CAMPING RESTRICTIONS**Forest Order No. 05-15-00-19-10 

**PARKING RESTRICTIONS**Forest Order No. 05-15-00-19-11

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

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