Passes & Permits - Recreation

Local Forest Passes

Lake Como Recreation Area is a complex of developed recreation sites on both sides of the reservoir, including a swimming beach, picnic areas, boat launch, campgrounds, group site, rental cabin, and developed trailheads.  There are fees for using the facilities:  either an overnight fee for the use of the campgrounds, or a day use fee for using the developed day use sites within the recreation area, such as the beach, boat launch, picnic areas, etc.  From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, vehicles parked within the recreation area must display a valid Lake Como day pass.  Passes can be purchased on site at self-service fee stations, at Forest Service offices in Darby, Hamilton, and Stevensville, or at local vendors throughout Hamilton and Darby.

National Passes

Formerly known as Golden passports, the newer Interagency Pass replaced the Golden passes in 2007. These recreation passes are honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management,  Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees and can provide either free entrance or a discount for certain recreation fees.   Passes are available at most national forest and grassland offices

There are four types of passes available:

The forest continues to honor previously issued Golden Age and Golden Access Passports at all fee campgrounds.