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COVID-19 and your National Forest

Although our front desks are closed to the public, you may contact our Ranger Districts with your questions. 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

Phone services Mon-Fri,
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

Phone services Mon-Fri,
8:30 a.m. to 4 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.

Please select any of the following topics to learn more about our COVID-19 response.



Update: Feb. 2, 2020

After the California Stay at Home Order was rescinded, the prohibition on camping in developed campgrounds was also lifted. Most developed campgrounds are closed for the winter season. As our recreation staff are able to ensure conditions make camping possible again we will open those campgrounds that typically remain open year-round. We will let you know as soon as they reopen.

Please visit the California COVID website at www.COVID-19.ca.gov to learn more about the order and how travel outside your local area is impacted.  

Important note: Group camping remains unavailable.  This includes campgrounds, resorts, organization camps, and other group facilities authorized by Special Use Permit on the Stanislaus National Forest.  If you make a group reservation on www.recreation.gov, please understand we do not yet have any information about when developed campgrounds will begin to reopen for groups in 2021. We will keep you updated on this website as information becomes available.

Ski resorts on the National Forest Service lands: Local ski areas are open, with some operational changes due to COVID-19. Skiing may take place, subject to a number of restrictions and mitigations, including pre-purchased ticket requirements at some ski areas.  Please visit the specific ski area website where you are thinking of visiting, as well as the state website www.COVID-19.ca.gov

Updated Jan. 7, 2021: Fuelwood collection permits ended Dec. 15

Fuelwood collection permits expired Dec. 15, 2020.   We will resume permit collections permits on April 15, 2021.

Updated Jan. 7, 2021: Summit Ranger District roads

Seasonal roads on the Stanislaus National Forest closed on Dec. 15. To learn which roads are seasonally closed roads, view the Motor Vehicle Use Maps for each ranger district

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.  

Updated Nov. 18, 2020: SNO-PARK permits

Visitors interested in winter recreation at SNO-PARKs on the Stanislaus NF will need a SNO-PARK permit from California State Parks. For more information about where to purchase a permit visit the CA State Parks webpage.  Be aware that you must display your permit in your vehicle while parked at a SNO-PARK or you risk a parking citation.

Please limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 at SNO-PARKs by practicing social distancing.

Updated Jan. 7, 2021: Online California Burn Permits: 

As winter weather continues on the forest, local residents are wanting to conduct authorized burning. Normally California burn permits are available at our district ranger offices, but because they remain closed, residents are asked to get their burn permits online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/. Also included on this web page is current burn status. Please be sure to check for authorized burn days before you ignite that burn pile!

Air quality is directly related to the amount of smoke in the air and prevailing winds. Currently the Stanislaus National Forest and surrounding communities are experiencing periods of unhealthy air quality. Before traveling to the forest, visitors are encouraged to check on any active fires in the area at inciweb.nwcg.gov for federal fire incidents, or https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/ for any CalFire incidents. In addition, due to the many active fires you may find very smoky conditions across the forest, so we recommend you check the local air quality at www.airnow.gov.


Logo for 3 Forests Interpretive AssociationUpdated July 23, 2020: 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.


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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