Permits & Passes
Most national forest areas are open, free of charge, for your use and enjoyment. Fees or permits may be required for use of some areas, specific facilities, or services. Business permit holders, such as campground concessionaires and outfitter guides, may provide services to public land users. Passes and permits are available at forest offices.
Permits are required for certain individual and group activities and for all commercial activities on national forests. Check with your local forest office for information.
Permits are required for collecting many forest resources, including firewood. Fees vary. Contact your local forest office for availability.
Recreation Special Use Permits
Commercial and Non-commercial Events
Any commercial event or event for which a fee is charged, such as organized tours or rides; or any non-commercial event with 75 participants or more, such as weddings, family reunions, etc., require a special use permit. Application deadlines and fees may apply.
Outfitters and Guides
Outfitters and guides have the knowledge, skill, and equipment to enhance visitors’ experiences. The Sequoia has authorized outfitters providing a variety of recreation opportunities, including whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hunting or fishing trips, rock climbing, mountain biking, and other activities. Operations are regulated to ensure safety and quality public service.
A number of national passes may save you money. These passes admit the pass holder and passengers (in a private, non-commercial vehicle) to national forests, national parks, and other federally managed lands and sites charging entrance or standard amenity use fees. Among those available:
This pass is valid for 12 months from the month of purchase. The cost is $80. Obtain by mail (see back page), online, or in person at a forest office. This pass is not valid for camping or other discounts.
This pass is valid for the pass holder’s lifetime and is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents 62 years of age or older. The Senior Pass also may provide a 50 percent discount at Forest Service and other federal campgrounds. The cost is $10. Obtain in person at a forest office. Proof of age is required.
This pass is valid for the pass holder’s lifetime and is available free to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are legally blind or permanently disabled. The Access Pass also may provide a 50 percent discount at Forest Service and other federal campgrounds. Obtain in person at a forest office. Documentation is required.
Some visitors may still have a Golden Age or Golden Access Passport. These passes are also valid for the pass holder’s lifetime with the same benefits described above.
Southern Sierra Pass
The purchase of a Southern Sierra Pass or other Interagency Pass allows you to enjoy shoreline camping and day use activities at Lake Isabella at Auxiliary Dam, Old Isabella Road, or South Fork Recreation Area. The Southern Sierra Pass can be purchased at forest offices or at local vendors.