Recreation

Federal Recreation Pass Program on the Wayne NF

Several Federal agencies have combined their recreation passes into a program known as America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. Participating agencies include the USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation.  This information is provided to let you know how these passes apply to the Wayne National Forest.

Benefits from the pass program vary by the type of services offered and whether or not the site is operated by a concessionaire. The tables below explain the passes and address the situation as it applies to the Wayne National Forest. If you will be visiting other National Forests or other Federal recreation facilities you might want to check out the Forest Service Recreation Pass and Permit website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/rec-fee.shtml

annual pass

Interagency Annual Pass (Formerly Golden Eagle)

ü     Anyone is eligible to purchase this pass. (Purchase Online Now

ü     Is non-transferable.

ü     Is non-replaceable if lost or stolen.

ü     Is void if altered.

ü     Is replaceable if damaged as long as identification is provided to validate ownership and a portion of the pass is identifiable.

ü     Must be signed by the pass holder(s) to be valid.

ü     Must be punched with an expiration date when purchased/issued, whether in person or over the internet.

Senior Pass (Formerly Golden Age)

Senior Pass (Formerly Golden Age)

ü     Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

ü     Must be 62 years of age or older.

ü     Must obtain in person.

ü     Must show proof of age, which may be a state driver's license showing birth date, a birth certificate, or similar document.

ü     Is non-transferable.

ü     Is non-replaceable if lost or stolen.

ü     Is void if altered.

ü     Is replaceable if damaged as long as identification is provided to validate ownership and a portion of the pass is identifiable.

ü     Must be signed by the pass holder(s) to be valid.

Access Pass (Formerly Golden Access)

ü     Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

ü     Must have a medical determination and documentation of blindness or permanent disability.

ü     Must obtain in person

ü     Must submit one of the following documents:

  1. A statement signed by a licensed physician attesting that the applicant has a permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that severely limits one or more major life activity, and stating the nature of the impairment.
  2. A document issued by a federal agency, such as the Veteran's Administration, which attests that the applicant has been medically determined to be eligible to receive federal benefits as a result of disability. Other acceptable federal agency documents include proof of receipt of Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) due to disability.
  3. A document issued by a state agency, such as the vocational rehabilitation agency, which attests that the applicant has been medically determined to be eligible to receive that agencies benefits or services as a result of medically determined permanent disability. Showing a state motor vehicle department disability sticker, license plate, or hang tag is not acceptable documentation.

ü     Is non-transferable.

ü     Is non-replaceable if lost or stolen.

ü     Is void if altered.

ü     Is replaceable if damaged as long as identification is provided to validate ownership and a portion of the pass is identifiable.

ü     Must be signed by the pass holder(s) to be valid.

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* The Senior and Access Passes replace the passes formerly known as the “Golden” Passports. If you already have a Golden Age or Golden Access Passport, rest assured it is still valid and provides the same benefits listed above. You do not need to exchange it for a new pass. If you have paper versions of these passes and wish to exchange them for a plastic pass, simply visit a WNF office in person and bring your paper pass as documentation.  If you wish to obtain a Senior or Access Pass, please visit a WNF office in person and bring documentation to show proof of age or disability (see eligibility requirements listed above). 

 Wayne National Forest (WNF) Pass Program – Table of Benefits

Pass Type 

Who is it for?

Valid for

Cost

Benefits offered on the WNF

Interagency Senior Pass * (Formerly Golden Age)

Citizens or permanent US residents aged 62 or older.

Lifetime.

$10

Camping: Pass holders may obtain a 50% discount on camping fees at Oak Hill, Iron Ridge, Pine Knob, Leith Run, and Burr Oak campgrounds.  This includes any concessionaire operated campgrounds. 

Sites with utility hookups: No discount exists for separate utility fees. The discount only applies if the utility fee is combined with the campsite fees.

Day-use:  Discount also applies for any Forest Service operated day-use areas that charge a parking fee.  Discount does not apply to concessionaire operated day-use facilities.

Facility or Equipment Rentals:  Discount does not apply to any other fee such as cabin rentals, shelter rentals, group campsites, canoe/boat rentals, and

Reservation Fees:  Discount does not apply to any NRRS reservation fees.

Trail Permits:  Discount does not apply to any WNF trail permits.

Interagency Access Pass *

(Formerly Golden Access)

Citizens or permanent US residents who are legally blind or permanently disabled.

Lifetime.

Free

Interagency Annual Pass

(Formerly Golden Eagle)

General public.

 

One year from month purchased.

$80

Day-use:  Covers only WNF operated day-use areas that charge a parking fee.  Discount does not apply to concessionaire operated day-use facilities.  Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.

This pass does not cover nor provide a  discount for any other fees charged on the WNF.

If you have specific questions about the Wayne National Forest pass program, contact theForest.