Forest Orders (Regulations and Closures)


The following closures and regulations apply to National Forest System lands and recreation sites in the Columbia River Gorge. (These are also summarized on our recreation site webpages.)

Want to learn more? See Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulation 261.50 (a) for the authorizing legislation.

Description Effective Date
Regional Orders for National Forest System Lands in Oregon and Washington
Alcohol Prohibitions 2/17/2023
Explosives and Exploding Targets Prohibition 06/22/2022
No federally controlled drugs (including marijuana) or underage alcohol use 06/12/2020
Traffic Safety Regulations in Compliance with State Law 06/30/2019
No possessing, storing, or transporting aquatic invasive species such in compliance with state laws 03/03/2015
Hay and crop products must be certified weed-free on NFS lands 02/10/2009
Hay and crop products must be certified weed-free at trailheads leading to designated Wilderness areas 04/13/2007
Wilderness group size limits, no leaving equipment unattended >48 hours, no grazing or hitching animals within 200 feet of lakes 05/06/1993
Industrial Fire Precaution Levels 06/12/1989
Spark arrestors required 06/12/1989
No bicycles allowed on the Pacific Crest Trail 08/31/1988
Orders for National Forest System Lands in the Columbia River Gorge
PURS Restrictions Rescinded 9/22/2023
Wind Mountain Closure 7/18/2023
Catherine Creek Arch Closure 7/20/2023
Public Use and Campfire Restrictions 07/10/2023
Dog Mountain Trail System – Public Safety Closure / Permit System and Map 04/29/2023
Eagle Creek Fire Closure with map 10/20/2022
Camping Stay 14-day Limit 9/29/2022
Miller Island prohibitions: No camping or being on the island from sunset until sunrise. No metal detectors, campfires, camping, digging, excavating, or removing archaeological resources. No landing aircraft (including drones). View Map 01/31/2022
Aircraft and Drone Restrictions with Map 01/26/2022
Klickitat Mile One Overnight Use and Large Boat Launch Prohibition 11/02/2021
Wyeth Pit Area Closure  11/20/2020
No going into or being in lower Cape Horn Trail each year from February 1 to July 15 for protection of peregrine falcons. 01/15/2020
No leaving the official trail system in the closed area surrounding Multnomah Falls for public safety. 11/05/2019
No leaving the official Eagle Creek Trail in the closed area surrounding Punch Bowl Falls for public safety. 11/05/2019
No going into or being in the closure at Herman Creek Campground for public safety. 09/30/2019
No being in Cape Horn Overlook after sundown and before sunrise, camping, or campfires. 01/07/2011
No going into or being in the closure on Wind Mountain Summit for protection of historical/archaeological/paleontological resources. 06/30/2009
No going into or being in the designated closed area of Sandy River Delta. 04/12/2004
No motorized boat, watercraft, vehicles on the Klickitat Wild & Scenic River 11/12/2003
No motorized boat, watercraft, vehicles on the White Salmon Wild & Scenic River  11/12/2003
No camping, no fires/campfires except gas stoves July to October, and no discharging firearms or air/gas guns at Sandy River Delta 06/23/2003
No camping, no fires/campfires except gas stoves July to October at Dodson and Warrendale waterfronts in Multnomah County. 06/23/2003
No camping and no fires/campfires except gas stove from July to October at Chenoweth Table in Wasco County. 04/02/2003
No vehicles over 40 feet long and no groups over 95 individuals at Eagle Creek Overlook Campground without a special permit. 06/09/2000
No discharging a firearm, air/gas gun within 1/8 mile of Palmer Mill Road or Larch Mountain Road in Multnomah County. 12/31/1997
Camping in Dispersed or Developed Sites 05/12/1992

Motor Vehicle Use 

Motor vehicles and ATVs/ORVs are only permitted on National Forest System lands or roads that are shown on the map below. (Does not apply to existing state, county, or private roads.)

Development Regulations

National Scenic Area Act regulations for land use and developments are spelled out in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Management Plan. Generally, the Gorge Commission reviews proposals for private and state lands and general management areas. The Forest Service reviews proposals for special management areas and federal agencies. See the Land Management and Planning section of our website for more details.