USDA Forest Service waives fees for MLK Day

(WFRV) – In honor of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 17, the USDA Forest Service will waive fees at daytime recreation sites nationwide.

“The State Forest offers many opportunities to get out for adventure, exercise, or just some fresh air,”
said forestry supervisor Paul Strong. “We hope this vacation waiver will provide some encouragement to get
get out and enjoy our national public lands.

While the fee waiver will cover many National Forest Picnic Areas, boat launches, trailheads and visitor centers, the USDA noted that individuals will still have to pay fees. fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions or other permits.

Additionally, this fee waiver applies to select Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest trailheads, where visitors typically pay a $5 daily user fee.

According to the USDA, this fee waiver is one of many they make throughout the year on special events or federal holidays. The next free dates to come in 2022 are as follows:

  • Presidents Day: February 21
  • National Outdoor Day: June 11
  • National Public Lands Day: September 24
  • Veterans Day: November 11

More information about the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is available on the forest’s website.

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