Land Between the Lakes personal and commercial use firewood permits are offered all year. A permit is required if you are removing firewood from Land Between the Lakes.
Please call 270-924-2065 before you plan to come to Land Between the Lakes for a firewood permit. Permits must be obtained at the Administrative Office, Mon.-Fri., 8am-4:00pm.
When you come to pick up your permit, please bring:
- Identification, ie: Driver’s license
- Vehicle description, ie: Make, Model, Year, License plate number
Firewood permit allows:
- Authorization for removal is for dead and downed trees only
- Firewood can be removed anywhere on Land Between the Lakes except in timber sale areas, designated recreation areas, cemeteries, or along major roads such as US68/KY80 and Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway
- Users are encouraged to take advantage of easily accessible storm debris piles along roadways. A few prior timber sale areas may be open for firewood cutting. This will be specified in the permit
- Personal use | $20/ccf | 100 cubic feet or 2 pick-up truck loads
- Commercial use | $25/ccf | Amount varies
You may cut dead and downed trees to burn at your campsite in Land Between the Lakes. For this purpose, a firewood permit is not required.
Various groups and individuals often approach the Forest Service with requests to use national forest lands for an array of diverse activities. In the interest of protecting our natural resources, the Forest Service must always determine whether the proposed use is compatible with its mission and values.
Any recreation event held at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area that charges a fee or any commercial operation requires a Special Use Permit (for example: bike races, trail rides, rodeos, etc.). Please contact the Administrative Office at 270-924-2000 or by email at LBLInfo@fs.fed.us to find out if your event requires a Special Use Permit, or for information on obtaining a permit.
Applicants for Special Use Permits should note that the permitting process can be time-consuming, may require multi-step National Forest Management Act analysis and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation, and ultimately may not be approved. The Forest Service will evaluate Special Use applicants to determine if they comply with public interest.
At a minimum, these proposals should be consistent with Area Plan management objectives, standards, and desired future conditions; and be consistent with other applicable Federal, State, and local statutes and regulations. Most permits require at least 90 days for processing.
What are noncommercial group uses?
Noncommercial group uses are any activity conducted on National Forest Service lands involving 75 or more people, either as participants or spectators, in which (a) no entry or participation fee is charged, and (b) the primary purpose of the activity is not the sale of a good or service. Examples of noncommercial activities include club or family recreation outings, reunions, and weddings. No permit fee, bonding, or insurance is required for noncommercial group uses. The permit holder is responsible for camping fees.
Who needs a Special Use Permit?
A Special Use Permit is required for all noncommercial group uses involving more than 75 people, or utilization of an area that is not commonly used for the proposed activity.
What is the policy for weddings at Land Between the Lakes?
Noncommercial Special Use Permits are required for weddings at Land Between the Lakes if the following criteria are true:
- You have more than 75 people attending the wedding
- You have live or recorded music for the event.
- Note: The policy for 75+ group members and live or recorded music does not apply to any wedding held at Colson Hollow Group Camp because use falls under the group camp permit.
- You serve a catered meal
- No weddings can be held at the Homeplace, Woodlands Nature Station, and Stephen’s Church.
- Weddings may be held in the pavilions at the Homeplace, Woodlands Nature Station, and Golden Pond Visitor Center. You must coordinate with the facility manager and then reserve the pavilion by calling 270-924-2044.
- Weddings may be held at Wranglers, Hillman Ferry, Energy Lake, and Piney campgrounds by coordinating with the facility manager
How do I apply?
You may apply for a Special Use Permit by contacting Land Between the Lakes Administrative Office at 270-924-2000, or by email atLBLInfo@fs.fed.us . You must complete an application providing:
- applicant’s name and mailing address;
- if the applicant is an organization, and the name of an individual authorized to receive notice of the decision on the application;
- description of the activity;
- location and description of the National Recreation Area lands and facilities you would like to use; estimated number of participants and spectators;
- starting and ending date and time of the activity; and
- name of the person (or persons) 21 years of age or older who will sign the permit on behalf of the applicant.
The application must be received by the Administrative Office at least 6 months in advance of your activity.
How long will it take to get a permit?
If your application is approved, a permit will be issued prior to the start of your activity.
What will the Forest Service consider in evaluating my application?
Applications will be approved if they meet the following 8 evaluation criteria (for details on the 8 criteria, particularly on criteria 5 and 6, review the Code of Federal Regulations at 36 CFR 251.54 (h)(1)):
- Authorization of the activity is not prohibited by rules or orders that apply to the national forests, or by federal, state, or local law related to the content of activity.
- Authorization of the activity is consistent or can be made consistent with standards and guidelines in the Area Plan that apply to the area where the activity will take place.
- The activity does not materially impact the characteristics or functions of environmentally sensitive resources or lands.
- The activity will not delay, halt, or prevent administrative use of an area by the Forest Service or other scheduled or existing activities on National Forest System lands.
- The activity does not violate state and local public health laws and regulations applicable to the site proposed for the activity.
- The activity will not pose a substantial danger to public safety.
- The activity does not involve military or paramilitary training or exercises by private organizations or individuals, unless such training or exercises are federally funded.
- A person (or persons) 21 years of age or older has been designated to sign and will sign a permit on behalf of the applicant.
If your application is denied and an alternative time, place, or manner will allow you to meet all the evaluation criteria, the Forest Service will offer that alternative.
Research Special Use Permits
Any research activities or collection for research of plants or animals found on Land Between the Lakes requires a Special Use Permit. Any application for a Special Use Permit for research must include a research proposal for review. The Applicant must also obtain the proper state collection permits.