(WFRV) – The US Forest Service says it will waive everyday recreational facility fees on Saturday, June 12, in recognition of National Get Outdoors Day.
Across the country, the exemption applies to many national forest picnic areas, boat docks, departure points, and visitor centers. Park rangers say fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions, or other permits still apply.
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“National Get Outdoors Day is a great opportunity to discover something new in the forest or revisit an old favorite. See it as an invitation to connect with nature and enjoy the public land right in our garden, ”says forest manager Paul Strong.
For the summer recreational season in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, this fee exemption applies to beaches, boat docks, picnic areas, and trailheads, where visitors typically pay a $ 5 daily fee, according to the agency.
The Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land and more than 3,000 world-class recreational areas, facilities and programs. According to rangers, visitors can enjoy free year-round access to 98% of the national forests and meadows, as well as two-thirds of the developed recreational areas.
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According to a release, concessionaire-operated recreational facilities will also continue to charge fees unless the individual manager chooses to participate in the vacation exemption.
Fourth and fifth grade students can get a free pass to the Every Kid Outdoors program through August 31st. Veterans, members of the Gold Star family and active military personnel and their families are also entitled to free access to the national forests.
You can find more information about the national passports here.