Permits and Licenses
Camping Permits for Undesignated Areas on Forest Land
Primitive camping on undesignated areas is allowed on the Burnett County Forest with the purchase of a permit. In general, most of the County Forest is open to camping with a tent, camper trailer, or truck camper for a period not to exceed 10 consecutive days. The camping shelter must be occupied daily. One permit may cover a maximum of 3 shelters with a maximum of 10 people per permit. Camping is not permitted on shorelines or within 50 feet of the ordinary high-water mark of any stream, river, or lake on the forest.
Please be respectful of other campers keeping a minimum of 1/4 mile between your party and another valid camping permit holder.
A camping permit is required and may either be obtained online, or by coming into or calling the Forest and Parks Department. Permits may be purchased at any time during the calendar year of the intended use dates.
Read all Camping Regulations
Burnett County does have some designated campsites available. Reservations may be made and regulations may be found on the Airbnb website.
Firewood permits may be purchased beginning July 15 of each year with an expiration date of March 31. There is no cutting allowed April 1to July 15 every year primarily due to Oak Wilt Harvesting Guidelines from the State of WI.
Firewood permits can be issued to Burnett County residents and landowners to cut dead or down trees on Burnett County Forest Land for personal home use only, and not for resale. Permits may be purchased for a minimum of 4 cords and up to 10 cords; only one permit may be issued per household per permit period. The current price is $8.00 per cord. Any member of the Wisconsin Bands of the Lake Superior Chippewa Indians may also apply for firewood gathering rights under this permit system. There is no fee assessed for this gathering right, but all other restrictions of the firewood permit do apply. These permits are unable to be issued online and must be obtained by calling or coming into the Forest and Parks Department during regular business hours.
A firewood permit is required and may either be obtained online, or by coming into or calling the Burnett County Forest and Parks Department. When purchasing online, the receipt showing payment must be attached to the permit. Read all Firewood Permit Regulations (PDF).
Christmas Tree Permits
Christmas tree permits can be issued to Burnett County residents and landowners to cut their own Christmas tree or boughs from County Forest Lands. This permit allows cutting a tree for personal or non-profit use, not for resale of any kind. There is a maximum of 2 trees per household. Permits expire December 31 of the year issued. A Christmas Tree Permit is required and may either be obtained online, or by coming into or calling the Burnett County Forest and Parks Department. When purchasing online, the receipt showing payment must be attached to the permit.
Read all Christmas Tree Permit Regulations (PDF).
You may purchase your camping, firewood, or Christmas tree permits online, over-the-counter in the office, or by credit card over the phone. There is a $1.50 convenience fee per $50 charged that is retained by the credit card processing provider.