Obsidian Limited Entry Area Permits

A Limited Entry Area Permit is required for overnight and day visits to the Obsidian area in the  Three Sisters Wilderness.

Map of Obsidian Limited Entry Area (pdf ~ 1.14 mb)

How to Get a Permit

  • Get a permit for Obsidian Limited Entry Area from the National Recreation Reservation System.
  •  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 (not more than 12)

Advance Reservations

  • Advance reservations of Limited Entry Area permits for the Obsidian Limited Entry Area are ONLY available through the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
  • The reservation period opens May 1.
  • Advance reservations are no longer issued at  McKenzie River Ranger Station.
  • Most permits for weekends and holidays are reserved well in advance.
  • Reserve a permit for Obsidian 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 McKenzie River Ranger Station. The $6 processing fee still applies; credit cards only.
  • Day-of permits also continue to be available on www.recreation.gov.
  • Most permits for weekends and holidays are reserved well in advance.

Summary of How to Get a Permit 

With NRRS
Reservations for the entire summer are available May 1
Permits are available first come, first served

Permits available:

  • On the internet at www.recreation.gov
    24 hrs/day
  • By phone at 1-877-444-6777
    7:00am – 9:00pm (Pacific Time)
 
Permits printable at home or sent via mail
$6.00 processing fee per permit

Questions & Answers About Obsidian Limited Entry Permits

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. Once you pay the processing fee, you can make changes to your group size without additional cost. However, you will only be able to change your group size if there is permit space still available.

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: Several people in my group can't make the trip. Do I need change my reservation?
A: Yes, the party size on your permit needs to be changed. There will be no additional cost for this change. By changing the party size, space will be made available to others who wish to make reservations.

Q: I made a reservation for a day trip into the Obsidian Limited Entry Area, but now I want to stay overnight. How do I do this?
A: You will need to make a new reservation for the overnight trip and you will need to cancel your day-use permit. We recommend you make your overnight permit reservation first to ensure there’s permit space available, before you cancel your day-use permit. 

More questions? Contact McKenzie River Ranger Station

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