Policy Visiting Emmett Ranger District

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Policy While Visiting the Emmett Ranger District


Our National Forest policies keep our forests and recreation sites clean and safe for everyone. Please review our policies prior to traveling into our National Forest. This is a list of common or general policies and regulations for everybody to follow in regards to occupancy and use of our public lands.

Sometimes specific sites will have special restrictions in effect.

Policies and regulations on travel management: road, trail, and area travel restrictions exist across the district and are defined in great detail at the district office (see Motor Vehicle Use Maps).

These policies are enforced and the punishment can be severe. Please help us make everybody's experience an enjoyable one. 

Violation of prohibited acts is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for an organization, and/or imprisonment for not more than six months. [Title 16 USC 551, Title 18 USC 3571 (b)(6), and Title 18 USC 3581 (b)(7)]




General Policy  

  •   Public nudity is prohibited.
  •   Possessing, storing, or transporting a cannabis plant or plants or any substance derived from the manufacturing of a cannabis plant or plants is prohibited.
  •   Possessing or consuming an alcoholic beverage in violation of any Idaho State statute is prohibited.




  •   Obey restrictions on fires. Open fires may be limited or prohibited at certain times.
  •   Within campgrounds and other recreation sites, build fires only in fire rings, stoves, grills, or fireplaces provided for that purposes.
  •   Be sure your fire is completely extinguished before leaving. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING FIRES UNDER CONTROL.



  •   Use picnic sites, swimming beaches, and other day use areas only between the hours of 6am and 10pm.
  •   In campgrounds, camp only in those places specifically marked or provided.
  •   Remove all personal property and trash when leaving.
  •   At least one person must occupy a camping area during the first night after camping equipment has been set up, unless permission has otherwise been granted by the Forest Ranger.
  •   Do not leave camping equipment unattended for more than 24 hours without permission from the Forest Ranger. The Federal Government is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal property.
  •   Campgrounds and other recreation sites can be used only for recreation purposes. Permanent use or use as a principal residence without authorization is not allowed.
  •   In the Boise National Forest you may camp in one area for up to 14 days in a 28-day period. After 14 days you must move to a new location at least 5 miles from your previous campsite. The 28-day period begins with   the first day of camping.


Fireworks and Firearms 

Fireworks and explosives are prohibited in the National Forests. Only persons with a permit from the Forest Service may engage in these types of activities. Possessing, discharging, or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device is prohibited.

 Firing a gun is not allowed:

  •   In or within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area.
  •   Across or on a road or body of water.
  •   In any circumstances whereby any person may be injured or property damaged.


Operation of Motorized Equipment

Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order meeting USDA Forest Service Standard 5100-1a or Society of  Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice.


Operation of Vehicles

  •   Obey all traffic signs. State traffic laws apply to the National Forests unless otherwise specified.
  •   Obey area and trail restrictions on use of trail bikes and other off-road vehicles.
  •   Do not block, restrict, or interfere with the use of roads or trails.
  •   Do not use or drive motorized equipment or vehicles on Forest Development roads when the road is blocked by a gate, sign, earthen mound or physical barrier erected to restrict such use.
  •   When operating vehicles of any kind, do not damage the land or vegetation or disturb wildlife. Avoid driving on unpaved roads or trails when they are wet or muddy.
  •   Within campgrounds and other recreation sites, use cars, motorbikes, motorcycles, or other motor vehicles only for entering or leaving, unless areas or trails are specifically marked for them. Park only in marked              parking areas.
  •   Do not park or leave a vehicle outside a parking space assigned to one's own camp unit, or in violation of a posted sign.


Pets and Animals

  •   Pets must always be restrained or on a leash while in developed recreation sites.
  •   Pets (except guide dogs) are not allowed in swimming areas.
  •   Saddle or pack animals are allowed in recreation sites only where authorized by posted instructions.




  •   Preserve and protect your National Forests. Leave natural areas the way you find them.
  •   Do not carve, chop, or damage any live trees.
  •   Enter buildings, structures, or enclosed areas in National Forests only when they are expressly opened to the public.
  •  Native American sites, old cabins, and other structures, along with objects and artifacts associated with them, have historic or archeological value. Do not damage or remove any such historic or archeological resource.



  •   Throw all garbage and litter in containers provided for this purpose, or take it with you.
  •   Garbage containers, when provided, are reserved for the use of visitors to the National Forest, not visitors to or owners of private lands or lands under permit.
  •   Wash food and personal items away from drinking water supplies. Use water faucets only for drawing water.
  •   Prevent pollution--keep garbage, litter, fish cleanings, or other foreign substances out of toilets, campfire rings and plumbing fixtures.