Mark Twain National Forest in 2013 will join other federal agencies offering recreation fee-free days on public lands, beginning January 21, 2013 in conjunction with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
USDA Forest Service operates approximately 17,000 developed recreation sites nationwide. Of those, approximately 6,000 require recreation fees, which are used to provide visitor services, repairs and replacements, and facilities maintenance.
The 2013 recreation fee-free days for sites Mark Twain national Forest operates include:
Jan. 21, 2013 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Free camping at non-reserved campsites January 19 and 20, free day use January 19, 20 and 21.
June 8, 2013 – National Get Outdoors Day – Free camping at non-reserved campsites on June 7 and 8, free day use on June 8 and 9. This coincides with Missouri Department of Conservation’s Free Fishing days June 8 and 9.
September 28, 2013 – National Public Lands Day – Free camping at non-reserved campsites on September 27 and 28, free day use on September 28 and 29.
November 9-11 – Veterans Day Weekend – Free camping at non-reserved campsites November 9 and 10, free day use November 9, 10 and 11.
Float Camp and Deer Leap Recreation Area concessionaries have chosen to participate by offering free day use. Day use fees will be required at all other concessionaire-operated sites. Camping fees will be required at all concessionaire-operated sites.
Motorized trail permits and normal fees still apply for use of Chadwick and Sutton Bluff trail systems. Check with your Mark Twain National Forest Ranger District Office for more information or contact Nancy Feakes, forest recreation manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-341-7472.
Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 counties in southern and central Missouri. Mark Twain National Forest’s mission is to continue to restore Missouri’s great outdoors and maintain a healthy, working forest. For more information about the Mark Twain National Forest, go to www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf or contact your local Mark Twain National Forest office.