Business Opportunities

Ocala National Forest is issuing a prospectus

The Ocala National Forest is issuing a prospectus to solicit applications from interested parties for a concession(campground, day use, and cabin) special permit to provide high-quality public service for the operation and maintenance of government-owned recreation facilities located on the Lake George Ranger District and Seminole Ranger District.  One permit will be issued.

Click here for Full letter

For specific questions regarding the prospectus and to RSVP for site visit scheduled for September, 2019 contact.

Ashley Wright

Gifford Pinchot National Forest is seeking a concessionaire

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is seeking proposals for a concessionaire to provide high-quality public services in the operations and maintenance of 33 campgrounds, group camps, and associated recreation sites on the forest. Recreation sites being offered in this prospectus are located on the Cowlitz Valley, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams Ranger Districts.

Prospectus can be found online at

NEW UPDATES POSTED JULY 9, 2019 on same link. –

Meeting notes from the site visit that occurred on June 26, 2019 to campgrounds included in the prospectus are available for review on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest website at:

These notes provide new or additional information that was not included in the prospectus document.

For questions contact:

Debbie Terrion
Special Uses Coordinator

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

UPDATE: A site visit is  planned for the Okanogan-Wenatchee on June 26…  An RSVP is required to attend

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is soliciting proposals from interested parties to operate campgrounds and other government-owned recreation facilities. The Prospectus for Campground and Related Granger-Thye Concessions on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (solicitation for offers) is now available for review and download at the following website: This website will also serve as the main source for all prospectus related information and updates throughout this solicitation and selection process. Detailed information on this business opportunity, the Forest Service concession program and policies, special use permit, application and post-selection requirements are available in the prospectus.

Please submit any questions about the prospectus or a site visit to:

Suzanne Cable
Recreation Program Manager
(509) 664-9394

Full Letter can be read here – OWFN Prospectus

Pike and San Isabel National Forests Concession Opportunity

Pueblo, CO, May 28, 2019 –   The Pike and San Isabel National Forests, (PSI) have issued a prospectus for the operation of their campgrounds, picnic areas, group sites, and other recreation areas.

The PSI is considered an “Urban National Forest,” located in south central Colorado, covering 2,355,299 acres, and includes 6 Ranger Districts.  Annually the Forests see approximately 5,000,000 recreation visits. The PSI includes the Sangre De Cristos, Spanish Peaks, Mosquito Range, Wet Mountains, Collegiate Peaks, the Rampart Range, two ski area, and the Arkansas and South Platte Rivers. There are 29-14,000 foot or 14’er peaks.    Over 2,000,000 Coloradans reside within an hour’s drive of the Forest.  I-25, I-70, Hwy 285 and Hwy 50 make the Forest easily accessible.

Since 1993 recreation facilities on the PSI have been operated by concessionaires under special use permits. The two current permits are expiring on December 31, 2019. The new permit(s) will include the operation of 89 campgrounds, 25 picnic areas, and 8 group facilities along with their associated picnic tables, fire grates, water systems, toilets, fee stations or other amenities.  The prospectus will allow interested proponents the opportunity to propose additional services such as firewood sales, boat, bicycle or camping equipment rentals, to make visiting the PSI a more fulfilling experience for visitors as well as an economically viable operation for the permittee(s).

The prospectus and associated documents can be found at:

Responses are due by the close of business on July 26, 2019.

A show-me-trip will be conducted the week of June 17-21, 2019, to allow prospective bidders the opportunity to see the various facilities, before responses are due. The schedule and itinerary will be posted to the website shown above, when it is developed.

An evaluation by a Forest Service panel and the SBDC will follow.  A selection(s) will take place as soon as August 2019.  The new permit(s) would be effective January 1, 2020.

 Please direct any questions to Jeff Hyatt, Recreation Program Manager at 719-553-1477 or

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

The USDA Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is soliciting proposals from interested parties for a campground concession special use permit (SUP) to provide high-quality public service in the operation and maintenance of government-owned recreation facilities at Lake Tahoe in both California and Nevada. The new SUP(s) will replace the current concession permit which expires December 31, 2019

For specific questions regarding information contained in the perspectus, please contact Daniel Cressy, at 530-543-2675 or by email at

PROSPECTUS ADENDUM posted 07-09-2019

Prospectus Site Visit Sign in Sheet

Clicke HERE to view the Solicitation letter or visit the site at the LTBMU website

Chugach National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service is soliciting applications for a concession (campground and day use) special use permit on the Chugach National Forest. This special use provides high-quality public service in the operation and maintenance of government-owned recreation facilities located on the Glacier and Seward Ranger Districts. The recreation sites offered in this business opportunity are located on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula. All Forest Service fee campgrounds on the Eastern Kenai Peninsula are included in this permit.

The primary use season is mid-May to mid- September with shoulder season use occurring as weather allows. The Eastern Kenai Peninsula area is known for its recreational opportunities including hundreds of miles of hiking trails, numerous public use cabins, excellent fishing opportunities, and a variety of campgrounds. The area also boasts the popular Resurrection Pass National Recreation Trail, the Iditarod National Historic Trail, and the remote back country Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop accessed via the Alaska Railroad.

Applicants are responsible for producing business plans and financial predictions in response to this solicitation. The permit term will be set for to five years, with an option to extend the term for up to an additional five years at the sole discretion of the authorized officer. All applications must be submitted to Francisco Sanchez, Seward Ranger District, 33599 Ranger Station Spur, Seward, AK 99664. Applications must be received by close of business (4:30 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time) on June 25, 2019.

Chugach National Forest Campground Prospectus Notice

Chugach National Forest Campground Prospectus Documents

Visit the Prospectus for more information and for related documents.

Primary Point of Contact.:

Kelly Chase Veach,

Natural Resource Program Manager

Phone: 907-288-7755

 Secondary Point of Contact:

Monika Adam,

Special Uses Service Team

Phone: 907-288-7720

San Juan National Forest

The San Juan National Forest in Southern Colorado will be issuing a prospectus to solicit proposals for the operation of the recreation facilities on our three ranger districts.  The prospectus is anticipated to be offered in June 2019 with the responses due in AUgust 2019.  The current permit expires 12/31/2019.  The permit term will be for up to five years.

Full letter can be read or downloaded here.


Additional questions may be direct to:
Pam Novitzky
Concession Program Manager

San Juan National Forest
15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO  81301 970-385-1246.