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Beginning August 1, 2012 NO Campfires are allowed, and use of propane stoves only with valid fire permit. NO chain saw use after 1:00 PM

This is a change from recent years in that we have escaped the restrictions for the most part. Not so this year.


Friends of The High Lakes is a grass-roots organization comprised of individuals, local businesses, recreational clubs, and user groups who love to recreate in The High Lakes Area in the Lassen National Forest. Friends is comprised of a growing number of outdoor recreationalists, who consider themselves to be environmentalists and conservationists rather than preservationists.

We have come together because land management agencies have been unable to find a way to balance their responsibility to provide responsible recreational opportunities while balancing the need to protect the environment.

We believe that public lands should be FOR the people to use and enjoy. That includes the pursuit of whatever activities people choose, such as fishing, camping, hiking, exploring, picnicking, hunting, rock hounding, geocaching, etc. while using a motorized vehicle.

Rather than managing the land, the public agencies are choosing to close it.

We need to get involved to assure that these lands remain open for our use.

This is the vehicle to bring together those who responsibly use the land and wish to improve recreational opportunities through support and volunteerism while caring for the environment.

The High Lakes Code:

You Bring It In, You Take It Home - That includes all garbage including human waste. As our welcome sign says, "This is God's country. Please don't leave it looking like Hell"

Do Your Part - Try to leave the area better than when you found it. Carry a trash bag and pick up an extra can or two.

Zero Wheel Spin - If you can't drive it, then take a tug. Spinning tires loosens soil which can end up in the streams. Uncontrolled sediment is the fastest way to get your favorite route closed

The Ring Of Fire - Camp in designated areas and build campfires in established rings, leave nothing but wet ashes.

Stay On The Road - If a downed tree blocks the route, just take a few minutes to cut or move it. A workaround gets you past it once. A closed route can last for years.

Share - Ideas, opportunities, the trail, the area, parts, tools, expertise, your time and your fun. We are the Public - but not the only part of the Public. This area is open to everyone - thank goodness!

Education First, Then Enforcement - Both are important. Have a great time. Respect the laws. Meadows and Rock Gardens are not playgrounds.

Work, Together - The best solutions come when neither users nor land mangers work in isolation. Both need to find opportunities to communicate and cooperate. When there's work to do, all the Friends need to come to the party.


As a 501(c)(3) Corporation, The Friends of The High Lakes cannot: endorse or oppose any political candidates, donate or contribute to any political candidate's campaign, participate or engage in political fundraising events, distribute statements for or against particular political candidates, nor engage in any other activity that may constitute favoring or opposing a political candidate.
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