Christmas Tree Permits Now on Sale

Release Date: Nov 2, 2011   Wenatchee, WA

Contact(s): Public Affairs - Robin DeMario, (509) 664-9292

Christmas tree permits are on sale for $5 each at all Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest ranger stations and the forest headquarters.  Each permit allows a family to cut one tree, with a tree height limit of 15 feet, or dig a small live transplant tree.  Permits may be purchased in person or by mail and are limited to two permits per family.  The permits are non-refundable.

When venturing out into the cold and snowy hills in pursuit of a Christmas tree, here are some hints to help make your trip a safe one:

  1. Before leaving home, notify a friend or family member where you will be going and when you will return.  Then, stick to your plan and let your contact person know when you have returned.
  2. Consider carefully your clothing, equipment, and vehicle needs, making certain they are adequate for the worst conditions you might encounter.   If planning to drive over snow-covered roads, a high-clearance vehicle may be best, and don’t forget to carry tire chains and a shovel.      
  3. ALWAYS check the avalanche hazard before leaving home.
  4. Start out early in the day so that you have enough daylight to be able to choose that “perfect” tree.
  5. Be familiar with the area that you plan to visit.
  6. Carry extra clothing, food, and tools in your vehicle for those unexpected mishaps that may occur.
  7. Christmas tree permits may be placed on the driver’s side dashboard in lieu of a Northwest Forest Pass when parking at a trailhead.  However, once enough snow accumulates and selected trailhead parking areas convert to Sno-Parks, you must have a valid Washington State Sno-Park permit displayed on your windshield when parking at any State Sno-Park.

For those who can't make it into any of our offices during daily business hours many local businesses are also selling Christmas tree permits. 

In Wenatchee, tree permits are available at Hooked on Toys and Arlberg Sports.

Permits can be bought at the Chelan Shell Foodmart gas station in Chelan.

The Entiat Food Center in Entiat is also selling Christmas tree permits.

In the Lake Wenatchee area, Parkside Grocery, Midway Village Grocery and Plain Hardware have permits for sale. 

In Leavenworth, tree permits are available at Dan's Food Market, the Quik Stop 76 gas station and Village Mercantile 76 gas station.

In the Cle Elum and Ellensburg areas Christmas tree permits can be purchased at Pioneer Coffee, InterMountain Radio Shack, Sportland Minimart Shell, Mac A Bee Gifts of the Southwest and Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce.

Christmas tree permits are available at the following locations in the Naches Ranger District area:

Eagle Rock Resort and Whistlin’ Jack Lodge on State Route 410

Rimrock Grocery Store on U.S. Highway 12

Helms True Value Hardware and Save-On Foods in Selah

Oak Creek Ace Hardware and Slim’s Market in Naches

Bi-Mart stores in Yakima and Sunnyside

Vendors selling Christmas tree permits in Okanogan County include:

Chevron Station in Okanogan

Prince’s in Oroville (they should start selling them by Nov. 21)

Conconully General Store (they should start selling them by Nov. 21)

The Junction Mini Mart in Tonasket (they should start selling them by Nov. 21)

Twisp Chevron gas station, Hank’s Market and Hank’s Mini Market in Twisp

Pardners Mini Market  and Winthrop Mountain Sports in Winthrop

For more information about Christmas tree permits please contact any Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest office. Or see our Christmas Tree Information page.

These offices are open Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Our offices will be closed on the Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  Forest Service offices may also close early the day before Thanksgiving, so call ahead for operating hours.