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National Recreation Reservation Service: Overview

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"Reserve Your Place Under the Stars" using the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS).

The National Recreation Reservation Service™ is your one-stop reservation resource for the recreation facilities and activities offered by the US Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and US Forest Service.

With over 60,000 reservable facilities at over 2,500 locations, the NRRS is the largest outdoor recreation reservation service in the country. Whether you're heading North to Alaska's Tongass National Forest, South to Florida's Lake Okeechobee, East to North Carolinas Blue Ridge Parkway, or West to California's Los Padres National Forest, you can reserve your place under the stars with the NRRS. Customers can reserve the following facilities through NRRS .

  1. Individual Campsites: reserve up to 6 months in advance for all agencies within the NRRS™, except for Yosemite National Park. For Yosemite National Park, reservations are available 5 months in advance and go on-sale each month on the 15th of the month (the entire 5th month becomes available).
  2. Cabins: reserve up to 6 Months in advance for all agencies within the NRRS™.
  3. Group Facilities: reserve up to 12 Months in advance for all agencies within the NRRS™.



Currently, reservations can be made through the Internet at or by TOLL FREE telephone (1-877-444-6777) or TDD (1-877-TDD-6777).

Benefits Visible To The Customer
* Customers Want a Reservation Service : According to a recent national survey, 80 percent of the campers included in the study said reservations were important. Of those who did not have a reservation, 64 percent said reservations were important.

* One-stop Shopping : Customers will have access to most recreation opportunities on federal lands, even with initial inventory, regardless of which agency manages the land.

* Many Ways to Make a Reservation : NRRS expands customary reservation access, mainly by telephone, to include reservation by Internet and at some field locations.

* Trip Planning Enhanced : More detailed information on recreation facilities and activities will be available. Computerized maps will facilitate the reservation process.

* Referrals to Other Locations : Offers the ability to refer customers to alternative facilities if first choice is not available.

* Many Facilities AND Activities : Expands the capability of the reservation system beyond campgrounds to include many other facilities and activities.

Benefits To Improve Agency Performance
* Reduced Duplication : Demonstrates agency efforts to join with other federal partners to avoid duplication of effort. 

* Reduced Workload in Field : Increased reservations reduce workload in the field by having the contractor deal with the public on reservations.

* Fiscally Responsible : Reduces amount of cash and checks handled in the field and presents less opportunity for theft and fraud.

* Performance Based : Encourages better contractor response to customer and agency needs because the contract is performance based, meaning that cash incentives and disincentives will be made to the contractor based on the quality of performance.

* Management Options : Through communications with customers and referrals, can shift some use from heavily-utilized areas to under-utilized ones. Can manage customer expectations and may increase compliance with regulations.

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