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COVID-19 and your National Forest

The Summit Ranger Station (along CA Hwy 108) and the Groveland Ranger Station (along CA Hwy 120) front desks and Visitor Information Services (VIS) are OPEN to the public. You can contact all Ranger Districts with your questions by phone or visit those offices open to the public. Please do not call the Stanislaus Dispatch with recreation questions. Dispatch is for fire emergencies only.


Office Information

Forest Supervisor's Office

Phone services Mon-Fri,
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed federal holidays

Groveland Ranger District

Front desk is OPEN
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed federal holidays

Calaveras Ranger District

Phone services Mon-Fri,
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed federal holidays

Summit Ranger District

Front desk is OPEN
Tuesday - Saturday
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed federal holidays

Please avoid visiting National Forests if you are sick and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene and social distancing before and during your visit to the Forest.


Updated May 5, 2021: CAL FIRE suspends dooryard burning permits as of May 2   As spring weather settles into the area, CAL FIRE has suspended all dooryard burning - meaning residential burn piles - until weather conditions allow, likely next fall. If you have questions, please contact your local fire agency or CAL FIRE for more information, or review information at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/.

Update: May 7, 2021:  Group camping will reopen this season! In keeping with CDC and county guidelines, we will reopen our group campgrounds this season. Those on Groveland Ranger District are already open and sites on our other ranger districts will reopen as crews inspect and prepare the locations for visitors. We will share information as it is available. Recreation.gov will have updated information as our group camping sites restart operations. 

For resorts and organization camps authorized by a Special Use Permits on the Stanislaus National Forest, please check directly with them for updated information. 

Update: May 7, 2021:  Prescribed burn plans announced for the Experimental Forest and Mi-Wok Ranger District.  News releases for prescribed burn plans on South Fork on the Mi-Wok Ranger District and the Experimental Forest on the Summit Ranger District are located in the News & Alerts section of the web page. In addition, maps for both burn notices are included with the news release.

Update April 30, 2021: Wilderness permits.  Our wilderness permit process has changed for 2021. Please view additional information below in the drop-down section fpr Wilderness Permits below. 

Update April 14, 2021: Seasonal roads begin opening April 15. Seasonal forest roads reopened beginning April 15, although some high-elevation forest roads will remain closed due to lingering snow and wet conditions. Most seasonal roads will open effective April 15, but some roads will remain closed until conditions improve.    View the forest order, map and list of roads that remain closed at this time.

For those roads that remain closed, district crews will patrol them, removing any fallen trees and inspecting them for significant washouts or damage before reopening them.  You may find a road still closed after that date, and if so, it means they are still working to repair or remove hazards and we will open these roads as soon as possible. If you see a closed gate, know we will open it as soon as conditions allow!

Update April 5, 2021: Fuelwood permits available beginning April 15, 2021. The Stanislaus National Forest will begin issuing fuelwood permits on Thursday, April 15, 2021. For those interested in a fuelwood permit, please call the Fuelwood Permit Request Line at 209-288-6241.

You will need to leave a voicemail with your name and telephone number and a front desk clerk will contact you. 

If you are looking for other forest product permits, please contact the ranger district (phone numbers are listed above) where you wish to collect other forest products for more information.

Updated March 15, 2021: Mushroom permits are available at our virtual front desk offices. Looking for a mushroom permit this spring? Call the front desk office at the numbers listed above to ask about getting your fee-free permit! You must have your permit with you when harvesting, but during our virtual operations all permits are free of charge. For more information check out the Forest Products drop-down section below.

Updated May 4, 2021: Lumsden Road closed for SFPUC improvements project beginning March 1

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is improving the  existing 19-mile Mountain Tunnel, which is more than 90 years old and needs repairs to ensure a reliable water supply to Hetch Hetchy customers. The improvements project will widen parts of Lumsden Road and put rockfall protection into place. Lumsden Road will be closed to all traffic from March 1 through April 30, 2021, limiting access to Merals Pool and the Lumsden Campground areas. After April 30 the road will be accessible weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and on weekends from 7 a.m. to dusk. Construction may restart on Sunday night. Be prepared for any delays caused by construction.  Read more about the Mountain Tunnel Improvements Project.

Logo for 3 Forests Interpretive AssociationUpdated May 5, 2021: Are you looking for a Stanislaus National Forest map during our virtual services? Our partner, 3 Forests Interpretive Association, or 3FIA, offers National Forest Visitor Maps for sale online! Learn more about other online map tools.

Updated Feb. 2, 2021 Campfires on the forest

Persons with a valid California campfire permit may have a campfire and use a portable stove or lantern using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel on National Forest System lands, as long as you have a valid campfire permit. Campfire permits may be requested at www.preventwildfiresca.org.  

Forest Supervisor's Notes

Photo of Jason KuikenForest Supervisor Jason Kuiken believes there is nothing more critical to maintaining good relationships than communication. Residents, communities and ranger districts share a dedication to keeping the forest healthy, but sometimes Forest Service procedures and actions may not be clearly understood by those outside the agency. Jason is committed to engaging the community by sharing information about some of the actions being undertaken on the forest. Jason will post a series of notes highlighting some of the vital activities that go into regaining a healthy forest. Read Jason's notes.

A Public Safety Power Shutoff may affect your next trip to the Stanislaus National Forest!

In May 2019, Pacific Gas & Electric Company announced its plan to shutoff, and later restore, power if necessary due to extreme weather and wildfire danger. Sometime during the fire season, your planned visit to the Stanislaus National Forest may be impacted if your visit coincides with a PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff. Learn more about preparing for your forest visit during a power shutoff.

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