National Forests in Florida Waives Fees During MLK Birthday Weekend

By: USDA Forest Service News Release
By: USDA Forest Service News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – January 11, 2012

The National Forests in Florida is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites over the Martin Luther King Birthday weekend, Jan. 14-16.

The fee waivers – the third this year — are offered in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Forest Service. Concessionaire operated day-use sites may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate.

“We encourage people who might not normally enjoy our beautiful public lands to get out of the house and enjoy a forest or grassland near you. Our lands offer a wide range of recreation and educational benefits such as improved physical and mental health, emotional well being, a concern for nature, and a conservation ethic,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell.

The fee waiver days support the goals of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Outside” program. For more information on the Forest Service’s recreation fee program and how these funds are used, please visit

The National Forests in Florida recreation sites listed are the only locations waiving day-use fees for Martin Luther King Birthday weekend:

Ocala National Forest Apalachicola National Forest Osceola National Forest

Fore Lake Day Use Leon Sinks Geological Area Olustee Beach Day Use Area

Farles Day Use

Lake Eaton Boat Ramp & Pier

Mill Dam Boat Ramp and

Swim area

Lake Dorr Boat Ramp

Campsites and locations that are reserved through the website will not be included in the fee waiver. Contact your nearest national forest or grassland for local details.

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  • by Fed up Location: Tlh on Jan 12, 2012 at 04:27 PM
    It is doubtul that Mlk ever went in a forest in his entire life. There was no one to agitate there except the wildlife and they did not care. I also doubt he ever planted a tree or did anything for the forests. If you are going to give the public something free, make it meaningful for those who work to pay for all your salaries to do nothing.
  • by wlk on Jan 12, 2012 at 05:38 AM
    I will be there shooting deer..yes sir...
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