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Sequoia National Forest Day-Use Fees

Sequoia National Forest

Sequoia National Forest and ExplorUS, the concessionaire who operates the day-use areas and campgrounds within Sequoia National Forest, remind visitors about amenities and subsequent fees in the day-use areas. Day-use area amenities include bathrooms, trash disposal, potable water, picnic areas, and boat-launch facilities, where available.

On June 4, ExplorUS began charging a $12 per-day fee to access all day-use areas and take advantage of the amenities, including boat-launch services. The day-use pass allows pass holders, one vehicle, a boat and trailer, and all vehicle occupants to access the facilities for the day. The pass can be used at a single facility or multiple facilities. Keep in mind that closing times vary within each facility.

Explora offers an annual pass for $60, valid from January 1 through December 31. The pass allows access to all ExplorUS-operated day-use facilities at no additional charge throughout the year. As with the day-use pass, pass holders have access to the day-use facilities for one vehicle, a boat, and a trailer, including all vehicle occupants.

ExplorUS Day-Use passes can be purchased from on-site hosts, self-service fee stations, or automated credit card machines. ExplorUS Annual Passes are available at the Auxiliary Dam kiosk or from any ExplorUS host.

Since 2022, ExplorUS has held a Special Use Permit for Campgrounds and related Granger-Thye Concessions within the Sequoia National Forest. Over the last year, ExplorUS did not charge fees for boat launching. Moving forward, boat-launching amenities are included as part of its day-use fees.

Day-use fee areas operated by ExplorUS where day-use and annual passes are honored are listed below:

  • Auxiliary Dam
  • Camp 9
  • Trail of 100 Giants
  • Old Isabella
  • Live Oak
  • Lower Coffee Camp
  • South Fork
  • Lower Richbar
  • Upper Coffee Camp
  • Paradise Cove
  • Upper Richbar

Taking advantage of the available boat launching facilities within the above-listed recreation areas requires a day-use fee or an annual pass. Boat launching is not free to the public and is included in the day-use fee.

Annually, a significant percentage of all fees collected are reinvested into the recreation facilities within the Sequoia National Forest. ExplorUS also uses the fees to employ on-site staff, maintain a clean and safe environment, repair and maintain facilities and operate the recreation areas throughout the season. Partnering with ExplorUS allows the Forest Service to stretch our recreation dollars.

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