Recreation Fees Waived for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend

Release Date: Jan 9, 2012   Portland, Oregon


  • Tom Knappenberger, 503 808 2241
  • Jocelyn Biro, 503 808 2411

The public may visit federal recreation day-use sites for free over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend – Jan. 14, 15 and 16.

The fee-free day honors the legacy of the civil rights leader and his work.

The administrative fee waiver of recreation-use fees applies to federal recreation lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, as well as by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.

It does not apply to SnoParks although they might be located on national public lands. The SnoPark permit program is sponsored by the States of Oregon and Washington. Those using SnoParks this weekend must have SnoPark permits.

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"Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. by waiving day-use fees is one way to recognize the civil rights leader and his contributions to America,” said Pacific Northwest Regional Forester Kent Connaughton.

“We encourage the public to get outdoors in America’s vast and dynamic playground,” said Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “We hope that visiting your beautiful national forests and grasslands will help people gain a deep appreciation for natural resources, and create lifelong memories.”

Federal agencies are authorized to charge standard amenity fees, commonly known as day-use fees, at recreation sites in the Northwest. Most of those fees help maintain the sites on which the fees are collected.

This fee waiver applies to day-use fees at Forest Service recreation sites across Oregon and Washington. This includes many picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads and visitor centers. Concession operations will continue to charge fees unless the permit holder wishes to participate. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions, or other permits will not be waived.

Visitors to national forests will not pay fees on the following dates in 2012:

  • Jan. 14-16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend
  • June 9 - Get Outdoors Day
  • Sept. 29 - National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 10-12 - Veterans Day weekend