Breaking News!
*ALERT* FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT AS OF JULY 1,2014. Please read, and be fire safe! Lassen Forest Order No. 06-14-01 (Fire Restrictions) Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(a) and (b), and to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, the following acts are prohibited within the Lassen National Forest. This Order is effective from July 1, 2014, through the declared end of the 2014 fire season. For the purposes of this Order, a wheelchair is not considered to be a motor vehicle. 1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, except in the Designated Recreation Sites listed in Exhibit A. 36 CFR 261.52(a). 2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, the Designated Recreation Sites listed in Exhibit A, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material. 36 CFR 261.52(d). 3. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame. 36 CFR 261.52(i). 4. Using an explosive. 36 CFR 261.52(b). 5. Operating an internal combustion engine, except for a motor vehicle, outside of the Designated Recreation Sites listed in Exhibit A. 36 CFR 261.52(h). 6. Possessing or using a motor vehicle off National Forest System roads and trails, or outside of the Designated Recreation Sites listed in Exhibit A. 36 CFR 261.56. 7. Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device. 36 CFR 261.52(f) Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from this Order. 1. Persons with a permit from the Forest Service specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission. Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit or a valid Forest Service fuelwood permit are not exempt from the prohibitions listed above. However, persons with a valid California Campfire Permit may use a portable stove or lantern using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel. 2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty. 3. Persons with a Special Use Permit from the Forest Service for a recreation residence on the Lassen National Forest are exempt from Prohibition Nos. 1, 2, 5, and 6, while they are at their recreation residence. 4. Persons with a valid Forest Service fuelwood permit may use a chainsaw to cut fuelwood from dawn through 1:00 p.m., provided that the cutting is done in compliance with the terms and conditions of the permit. These prohibitions are in addition to the general prohibitions found in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A. A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. 16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559, 3571, and 3581. Executed in Susanville, California this 27th day of June, 2014.


Breaking News!
Friends of the High Lakes, Please note that, now through September 30th, Forest Service Technicians will be working in the High Lakes. FS Technicians are employing a proactive approach, identifying previous areas of concerns, as well as identifying new potential problem areas. Fortunately, the funding is there to address potential problem areas and look for reroutes if necessary. The Forest Service will be updating FOTHL throughout the process. As FOTHL members we will be able to assist in this process, with emphasis on maintaining existing trails (rock work, clearing mud puddles, proper tail use, etc.). This proactive approach, and the funding and manpower to make it happen, is good news for all of us. Description from the Forest Service: SCOPE OF WORK: o Field assessment with District / Forest to determine the extent of work to be accomplished o Flagged re-routes and trail management objectives for each o GPS files for GIS mapping by the Forest. o Project implementation for each site that needs repair or rerouting.


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 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.

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.