State forest fees, reservations and events

Camping fees and reservations

NOTE: As of January 20, 2023, camping fees in some campgrounds have been suspended until further notice while we establish more secure methods of payment. Fees will resume no later than spring 2023. 

A camping fee is charged in state forest campgrounds with developed facilities that include drinking water, garbage containers, and toilets. Individual and equestrian sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Follow the payment instructions on the signs in the campground.

  • Individual campsites are $17 per night. No reservations required or available.
  • Equestrian campsites are $22 per night. No reservations required or available.
  • Group campsites are $50 per night. Call the state forest contact for more information.

No fees are charged for other recreational use of state forests.

Learn more about different kinds of camping in state forests.

Find state forest campgrounds.


A permit is required from a DNR area forest supervisor to hold an event on state forest land. The DNR may charge a fee for the use of the land. Security such as a bond or cashier's check may be required to ensure that cleanup, sign removal, damage, repairs, and other actions are completed.

For emergencies or authorized special events, the DNR may provide temporary exceptions to this rule for a specific state park, forest campground, forest day use area, or state forest land. Notice of the exception will be posted at the site. For more permit information or to obtain a permit, contact the DNR Forestry office.