Conecuh National Forest

Unfortunately, Alabama groups its National Forests into one sub-website. It seems they treat the forests as districts, which messes up the hierarchical relationship that we preconceive. This makes things harder to categorize and look up.

Dispersed Camping Rules

  • Dispersed camping is allowed and encouraged in all Alabama National Forests.
  • Primitive camping “is available“.
  • Time limit: During gun/hunting season, camping is only allowed on certain days and with a permit. Gun/hunting season is Nov 9 – Feb 10. Outside of gun season, it’s allowed without a permit. Time limit is 21 days. Then you have to leave the forest for 10 days.
  • “Permanent” residence is not allowed, but is not well-defined.
  • At least one person must occupy a camping area during the first night after camping equipment has been set up. Do not leave the equipment unattended for more than 24 contiguous hours.
  • No “boisterous” behavior. So it’s illegal to be noisy, energetic, cheerful, or rowdy in the forest. I suspect enforcement would be lenient in most cases.
  • Motor vehicles are not allowed in Wilderness areas.

Campgrounds

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Dispersed Camping areas are not shown on the MVUMs.

Bridger-Teton National Forest

Dispersed Camping Rules:

  • Rules are not posted on their website. I emailed them in October 2017 and finally heard back in January 2018, so don’t expect a speedy reply.
    I have linked to their Rules and Camping Map (PDFs) in the links section below.
  • Dispersed camping is allowed within BTNF.
  • Pull off the road to camp. You may drive up to 300 feet from the road and camp in the vehicle there. You may camp further away if you leave your vehicle.
  • Time limit: 16 Days, after which you must move 5 road miles from your original campsite. You may return after an additional 7 days (23 days from when you set up camp).
    • Except in the Jackson Ranger District, where the time limit is 5 days. After 5 days, you must leave the Jackson Ranger District entirely, and not return for an additional 30 days.
  • No camping in Cache Creek or near ski areas.
  • Try not to camp within 200 feet of any water source.
  • Food Storage Order: Between March 1 and December 1, in most areas, all food and food-like smells must be contained within certified bear canistered, hung properly from a tree or pole, or secured within a hard-sided vehicle or trailer. No open-top vehicles, no pop-up trailers.
  • Catholes must be kept at least 200 feet from any water source. Pack out your TP.

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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.

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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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Delta National Forest

Dispersed Camping Rules:

Designated Dispersed Camping Areas:

Delta claims to have “primitive campsites“, but they aren’t really dispersed camping, because they charge $7/night. Further, the website doesn’t seem to indicate where they are, and reservations are required.  Delta just doesn’t seem to get it. Continue reading “Delta National Forest”

Davy Crockett National Forest

Dispersed Camping Rules:

  • Dispersed camping is permitted in most parts of the National Forest year round, but is restricted to 20 designated hunter camps during the fall deer season.
  • Camp only within 150′ of an allowed road.
  • Forest is mixed with a lot of private property. Check the MVUM.
  • Time limit in a few specific places (PDF | HTML) is 28 days, but you are asked to notify your camp host if you plan to stay longer than 14 days.
  • I couldn’t find the default time limit or how far away to drive.

Designated Dispersed Camping Areas:

Campgrounds:

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Dispersed Camping areas are shown on the MVUM.

Daniel Boone National Forest

Dispersed Camping Rules:

  • Dispersed camping is allowed
  • Lots of private land mixed in, so pay attention to your MVUMs.
  • Alcohol is prohibited throughout the entire forest, and all other public places in Kentucky. You can’t even have it in your vehicle.
  • Time limit: 14 days in a 31-day period; must stay out of the forest for 10 consecutive days before you can return.
  • No dispersed camping within 100′ of the base of a cliff, or back of a rock shelter
  • No dispersed camping in some areas
  • No public nudity, so set up a shower tent or tarp or something.

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