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Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness

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Area Management

The Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Bureau of Land Management Information

Unless otherwise specified, no motorized equipment or mechanical transport, with the exception of wheelchairs, is allowed. This is generally true for all federal lands managed as designated wilderness.

Forest Service Information

General Wilderness Prohibitions

Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation.

In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the Forest Service office or visit the websites listed for more specific information.

These general prohibitions have been implemented for all national forest wildernesses in order to implement the provisions of the Wilderness Act of 1964. The Wilderness Act requires management of human-caused impacts and protection of the area's wilderness character to insure that it is "unimpaired for the future use and enjoyment as wilderness." Use of the equipment listed as prohibited in wilderness is inconsistent with the provision in the Wilderness Act which mandates opportunities for solitude or primitive recreation and that wilderness is a place that is in contrast with areas where people and their works are dominant.

Wilderness-Specific Regulations

Wilderness managers often need to take action to limit the impacts caused by visitor activities in order to protect the natural conditions of wilderness as required by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Managers typically implement 'indirect' types of actions such as information and education measures before selecting more restrictive measures. When regulations are necessary, they are implemented with the specific intent of balancing the need to preserve the character of the wilderness while providing for the use and enjoyment of wilderness.

The following wilderness regulations are in effect for this area. Not all regulations are in effect for every wilderness. Contact the Forest Service office or visit the websites listed for more specific information about the regulations listed.


-- Group size is limited to 12 people.

-- Shortcutting trail switchbacks on foot or with recreational stock is prohibited.

-- Campfires are only allowed below 8,800 feet elevation and within 200 yards of Walker Lake, Island Lake, Upper and Lower Chamberlain Lakes (9,477 and 9,197 feet), and Born Lakes.

Human waste must be buried and covered, at least 200 feet from water, campsites, and trails; or packed out.


-- The maximum number of recreational stock in one group is limited to 14 head of stock.

-- Tethering recreational stock is prohibited within 200 feet of lakes, streams, and springs, with the exception of agency provided tie-up sites where topography does not allow for tethering more than the 200 feet from lakes, streams, and springs.

-- Do not tie recreational stock to live trees for more than one hour.

-- Grazing by recreational stock is prohibited within 200 feet of lakes, streams, or springs.

-- Recreational equine stock use is prohibited within the following drainages: Slickenslide Creek above Quiet Lake; Boulder Chain Lakes Creek above Lodgepole Lake; Gunsight Creek; Bighorn Creek; and Big Boulder Lakes, excluding Walker and Island Lakes.

-- Weed-free feed or pellets for stock animals is required.

-- Pack goats are limited to 3 pack goats per person, and a maximum of 9 pack goats per group.

-- Pack goats are not allowed in pack goat exclusion area (see map below).

Learn more about why regulations may be necessary in wilderness.

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