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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 April 5, 2021: Seasonal roads begin opening April 15. District crews on all ranger districts are checking seasonal roads and determining what repairs or hazard tree removal needs to be completed before our seasonal roads begin to reopen April 15. 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.

We will not process any requests before April 15, but you may request your fuelwood permit beginning Monday, April 12 by calling the request line. You will need to leave a voicemail with your name and telephone number and a front desk clerk will contact you. We expect a strong response, so please understand we will contact you as soon as possible – you do not need to leave multiple messages.

Due to local mailing constraints, please be aware that you may not receive your permit before the weekend of April 17, because we cannot process requests prior to April 15. We regret any inconvenience but must abide by Forest Service regulations.

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.

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 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 Feb. 26, 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. Read more about the Mountain Tunnel Improvements Project.

Updated Jan. 7, 2021: Seasonal district roads closed Dec. 15

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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