Good News! Due to the forecasted rain the Kapowsin forest will re-open Friday morning August 27th 1 1/2 hours before sunrise. We hope to keep the forest open for the remainder of the year if we receive enough rain. Please continue to be EXTREMELY careful, as it is still very dry.
Motorized recreation access
Motorized Recreation Access permits allow access for a range of outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, hiking, bicycling, sightseeing, photography – activities that are not allowed are motorcycling, ATVing, snowmobiling and target shooting.
The motorized recreation access program requires a permit for each family, with family defined for the for parent’s permit, even if they are not driving. A limited number of permits are available. Click on the tab for each area for details.
Access is open from April 1st to March 30th except July 3rd, 4th and 5th and during bull elk seasons. Access is allowed from 1 and 1/2 hours before sunrise to 1 and 1/2 hours after sunset through the recreation gates identified on the map. Seasonal closures are dependant on weather and may apply at different times of the year. See web site home page for closure alerts.
Firewood cutting is allowed from designated areas between April 1st and April 14th and again from October 16th through March 30th. Up to five cords of wood are allowed annually per permit if it is available. Maps for firewood units are on line and at the access gates. Please see Rules & Regulations for complete detailed information.
Up to two vehicles may be included on a permit. One vehicle windshield tag is included when the permit is purchased. Permit holders may request a second windshield tag for an additional vehicle by mail or by email using the Contact Us tab. See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ tab) for details.
Camping permits are also available that allow overnight camping in designated areas. Just 200 permits are available for a reduced cost of $100 each. Campers must also have a motorized access permit. Please click on the camping tab for more information.
All access is generally open from April 1st to March 30th except July 3rd, 4th and 5th. Access is allowed from 1 and 1/2 hours before sunrise to 1 and 1/2 hours after sunset and overnight for up to 14 days in a month with a camping permit.
Camping is allowed for up to 14 consecutive days. After 14 days, all vehicles and equipment must be off the property. See Camping Rules & Regulations for other program details.