Pamelia Limited Entry Area Permits

A Limited Entry Area Permit is required for all overnight and day visits to the Pamelia Area in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. See a map of the Pamelia Area.

How to Get a Permit

Advance reservations

Limited Entry Area permits for the Pamelia Limited Entry Area are available through the National Recreation Reservation System at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777 (7:00am – 9:00pm Pacific Time). The reservation period opens May 1 and permits are available first come, first served. Most permits for weekends and holidays are reserved well in advance. A $6 processing fee applies.

Be prepared to supply the following information:

  • Proposed arrival and departure date
  • Credit/debit card, to pay the $6 reservation fee
  • Number of people in your group (no more than 12)
  • If a large group (8-12 people), your overnight destinations within the Pamelia Limited Entry Area

Day-of-Trip Permits

If quota space is available, visitors can pick up a permit on the day a trip begins at Detroit River Ranger Station or on www.recreation.gov. The $6 processing fee applies; credit cards only.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I need to change the dates of my permit; will I have to pay another $6.00 processing fee? 
A: Yes. You will need to cancel your existing permit and make a new reservation for the new dates of your trip. We recommend you make your new reservation first, to ensure there are permits available. 

Q: I need to add more people to the permit; will I have to pay another $6.00 processing fee? 
A: No, as long as your new group size is within the group size limits of your permit. For small group permits, your group can be between 1-8 people, and changes within this range are free. The same is for large group permits, between 9-12 people. 

However, if your permit is for a small group, and now you need a large group permit (or vice versa), you will have to make a new reservation for the large group and cancel your small group permit. We recommend you make your large group permit reservation first to ensure there is permit space available, before you cancel your small group permit.

Q: What happens if I need to cancel my reservation? Will I get the $6.00 processing fee back?
A: No, the $6.00 processing fee is non-refundable.

Q: I learned there was too much snow to get up to the trailhead for the dates I reserved. Will I be able to change my reservation?
A: No. To change the dates of your trip, you will have to make a new reservation for the new dates of your trip.

Q: My group can no longer go on a trip we have a permit for; should we cancel our reservation?
A: Yes, we encourage you to cancel your reservation so space will be made available to others who wish to make reservations. There is no cost to cancel a permit (however, the original reservation fee is non-refundable).

Q: I have a small group permit for the Pamelia Limited Entry Area, but now more friends want to join me so there will be 10 of us. Can I change my small group permit into a large group permit?
A: You will need to make a new reservation for the large group and you will need to cancel your small group permit. We recommend you make your large group permit reservation first to ensure there is permit space available, before you cancel your small group permit.

More questions? Contact Detroit River Ranger Station

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