Bienville National Forest

Dispersed Camping Rules:

  • Dispersed camping is allowed “pretty much anywhere”.
  • Time limit: 14 days in a 30 day period. After 14 days you have to move, but there doesn’t seem to be a minimum distance.
  • They were very specific about asking you not to block the gates, roads, etc.
  • BNF is intermixed with a lot of private property, so be sure to check the MVUM.

 

Campgrounds:

  • Marathon Lake $20, lakeside, No alcohol
  • Shockaloe Trail – Base Camp 1 $7, No alcohol
    Note there is also a Base Camp 2, but there is no link on the website. I believe Base Camp 2 is free, but I’m not sure.

Links:

Deschutes National Forest

Dispersed Camping Rules:

  • Motor vehicles may be parked within one vehicle length from the edge of an allowed road surface, as long as it’s safe and won’t cause damage to the forest.
  • Dispersed camping is allowed within 300 feet of the edge of an allowed road. The one-vehicle-length rule supersedes this one since we’ll almost universally be camping in vehicles.
  • Time limit: 14 days in a row in one spot, then you have to move 5 miles. You can’t go back to the same spot for 30 days, so you’ll need at least 3 campsites.

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Bighorn National Forest

Dispersed Camping Rules:

  • Allowed only within a “300-foot corridor“. I interpret this to mean “within 150 feet of the centerline of the road on each side”.
  • Time limit:
    • Jun 1 – Sep 10: 14 days, after which you must move 5 miles (straight line / radius). I called and Ben is currently looking up the value of X.
    • Sep 1 – May 31: No time limit.
  • No dispersed camping in the West Tensleep Corridor north of Tyrrell Work Center except where designated. No catholes in this area either.

Designated Dispersed Camping Areas:

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Chugach National Forest

Dispersed Camping Rules:

  • I couldn’t find any rules on the website, so I called the Forest Supervisor’s office. They sent me to a district office, who sent me to the Public Affairs officer. I left a message.
    • A month or two later I decided to publish this page anyway.
    • Fortunately, it’s Alaska, so it probably won’t come up too often.
  • The closest I could get to their “rules” is someone in the Supervisor’s office said “well, you can do it…”
  • Time limit: ?

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Cibola National Forest

Dispersed Camping Rules:

  • Dispersed Camping is allowed within Cibola NF.
  • Camping is allowed only within 150 feet of the road in the Manzano Division.
  • Camping is allowed only within 300 feet of the road in the Gallinas Division.
  • Time limit: 14 days, after which you must leave the forest entirely.
    The guy I talked to didn’t sound too certain, but apparently you can then come back “two or three days later”.

Designated Dispersed Camping Areas:

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Chippewa National Forest

Dispersed Camping Rules:

  • CNF is heavily mixed with private lands. Check the MVUMs carefully.
  • Dispersed camping is allowed in most of Chippewa NF.
  • Most dispersed campsites are not accessible by vehicle. They suggest accessing most of them by foot, boat, or canoe.
  • You can find maps to existing primitive campsites here.
  • Time limit: 14 days in one spot. No minimum distance between spots, and no limit on total consecutive time. So just move every 14 days.  I didn’t believe it but that’s what they told me. They even said “some people stay all summer”.

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