The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at day-use recreation sites on Saturday, June 12, in recognition of National Get Outdoors Day. For the summer recreation season on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, this fee waiver applies to beaches, boat launches, picnic areas and trailheads where visitors may normally pay a $5 day-use fee.

“National Get Outdoors Day is a great opportunity to discover something new on the forest or revisit an old favorite,” said Forest Supervisor Paul Strong. “Consider it an invitation to connect with nature and enjoy the public lands right in our backyard.”

Across the country, the fee waiver applies to many national forest picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions or other permits still apply. Recreation sites operated by concessionaires will also continue to charge fees unless the individual manager chooses to participate in the holiday waiver.

Most days of the year, visitors to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest must pay a day-use fee of $5 per vehicle at most developed beaches, boat launches, picnic areas and trailheads. The forest provides envelopes for making on-site payments, or visitors may purchase an annual vehicle pass for $30 through ranger district offices and local pass sale vendors.

Fourth and fifth grade students can get a free pass, good through August 31, through the Every Kid Outdoors program. Veterans, Gold Star Family members, and active military personnel and their dependents are also eligible for free access to national forests. More information about national passes is available online at

The Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public lands and more than 3,000 world-class outdoor recreation areas, facilities and programs. Visitors may enjoy year-round, fee-free access to 98 percent of national forests and grasslands as well as two-thirds of developed recreation sites.

More information about the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is available on the forest’s website at or social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

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