State forest fees, reservations and events

Camping fees and reservations

To improve security and reduce risk of theft, we no longer accept any self-payment envelopes on site.

Use the free Yodel app to pay your campsite fee, or follow the instructions on signs in the campground to mail in your fee after your stay.

Learn more about your payment options.

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.

  • 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 Parks and Trails area specialist 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 a DNR Parks and Trails office.

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