Camping on County Forest Land
Rules and Regulations
Camping on the County Forest is permitted in many areas with the purchase of a Camping Permit. In general, most of the County Forest is open to camping with a tent, trailer camper, or vehicle for a period not to exceed 10 days. The camping shelter must be occupied daily for those ten days. No camping is permitted on the shores or within 50 feet of the ordinary high-water mark of any stream, river, or lake on the Forest. A camping permit is required and may be obtained from the Burnett County Forest and Parks Department. Please allow mail time if you are unable to come in person to purchase your camping permit.
We can issue a permit at any time during the calendar year of the intended use dates. Credit card payments are accepted over-the-counter or by phone. There is a $1.50 convenience fee per $50 charged retained by the credit card processing provider.
Open fires (wood, charcoal, or solid fuels) are not permitted at any time from April 1 through May 31. From June 1 through March 31, a three-foot wide mineral soil break must surround an open fire when the ground is snow free. Campfires are not allowed when emergency fire regulations are in effect.
If your campfire gets away from you, you are liable for all expenses incurred in suppressing the fire and will be responsible for all damages caused by this fire.
County and Government Property
Camping along the Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers (within 412 ft. of the river) is permitted only at campsites marked with a campsite symbol and with a metal fire ring. Most of the lands bordering the rivers are owned either by the County or the USA. Recreational activities along these two rivers are guided by a cooperative agreement between Burnett County and National Park Service.
Camping at boat landings or parks is not permitted.
Camping Regulations and Information