Wilderness Permits

Wilderness self-issue permits

Required for all visitors that enter all Willamette National Forest wilderness areas not affected by use limits. A permit is necessary for each group entering the wilderness. Self-issue permits are free and available at all wilderness trailheads. These permits assist in search and rescue operations and help us track trends in visitor use.

Wilderness limited entry permits

Required for overnight and day visits to the Obsidian Area in the Three Sisters Wilderness and the Pamelia Area in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

Advance reservations of Limited Entry Area permits are available at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Most permits for weekends and holidays are reserved well in advance. If quota space is available, visitors can pick up a day-of permit on the day a trip begins at the Detroit Ranger Station (for Pamelia Area) and McKenzie Ranger Station (for Obsidian Area). Day-of permits are also available at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Pamelia Limited Entry Area Permits

Map of Pamelia Limited Entry Area (pdf ~ 768 kb)

Obsidian Limited Entry Area Permits

Map of Obisidian Limited Entry Area (pdf 1.14 mb)

Why limit entry to the Pamelia and Obsidian Lake areas?

These areas are two popular destinations for visitors to the Mt. Jefferson and Three Sisters Wildernesses. The beauty of and easy access to these two popular alpine destinations resulted in severe overcrowding which threatened both the quiet and solitude of the primitive wilderness experience and the health of the landscape. Limited Entry Permits help keep the number of people you meet on the trail at an acceptable level, minimizing resource damage and enhancing your sense of solitude. By limiting access to these areas, we can preserve the qualities that people love the most about them, both for now and for future generations.

Designated Campsite Reservations

Jefferson Park Campsites
A reservation is required for Jefferson Park designated campsites between Memorial Day and October 31. A reservation is required at all designated sites around Bays, Scout, Lake, Rock and Russell Lakes. Designated campsites are highly sought campsites within 250 feet of all of the lakes within Jefferson Park. Reservations are available at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Purchase Passes