Forest Service extends closure of most developed recreation sites in California through May 15

The USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, announces most developed recreation sites will remain closed through May 15.

The order does not close trails, trailheads and general forest areas; these areas remain accessible for public use. Information on individual recreation sites and opportunities are available from local National Forests.

Outdoor recreation can be beneficial to mental and physical health but must be practiced safely. In light of the statewide shelter-in-place order issued by the governor of California, we continue to ask visitors to recreate locally.

If you do plan on visiting the Lassen National Forest, please be aware that:

  • No trash removal is currently offered – please pack out all trash and waste;
  • All toilet facilities are currently closed – please plan accordingly;
  • Avoid high-risk activities – law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited; and
  • If an area is crowded, please search for a less occupied location.

Closing any site for any reason is not an action the Forest takes lightly, but protecting visitors and employees remains its highest priority.

According to a statement from the Forest, “We are working with our state and local partners to determine the best path forward to safely reopen closed sites. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our national forests safe and healthy for everyone’s use.”

For more information on closed areas, customers needing information can call the supervisor’s office at 257-2151; the Almanor Ranger District at 258-2141; the Eagle Lake Ranger District at 257-4188; or the Hat Creek Ranger District at 336-5521 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

More information also is available on our website at