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Desolation permits online

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Desolation Wilderness visitors will soon be able to make their overnight permit reservations on-line, according to a statement from the U.S. Forest Service.

The popular 64,000 acre wilderness area is located in both the Eldorado National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

“I am happy to announce that Desolation Wilderness visitors will be able to reserve an overnight visitor permit starting March 23, 2011 by going on-line to http://www.recreation.gov,” said Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Ramiro Villalvazo in the statement. “We believe this will be a more convenient way for many people to get their permits and for us to provide better customer service.”



The new reservation system will now allow visitors to change their permit or cancel it entirely as well as receive a refund as long as they do it a minimum of 15 days or more from the planned entry date. The cost of making a reservation will increase from five to six dollars.

Fifty percent of the available quota in each wilderness zone between Memorial Day weekend through Sept. 30 will be available for advanced reservation.



The remaining quota will be available on a first come, first served basis at permit offices on the date of entry.

U.S. Forest Service staff will no longer accept permit reservations over the phone, through the mail, or by fax. They will also no longer be mailing reserved permits.

More information is available at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/eldorado/.


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