Sandy River Delta Fee Proposal

Two people hike on a gravel trail in an open meadow-like area.The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is proposing to charge a new standard amenity fee of $5 per vehicle per day for use of services and facilities at the Sandy River Delta site. The 1,400-acre Sandy River Delta site, acquired by the Forest Service in 1991, offers five diverse-use trails (5.25 miles total) including a 1.2-mile accessible gravel trail to the Sandy River Delta confluence and bird blind. 

The proposed fee would help cover the costs of operations and maintenance of the vault toilets, trash service, septic pumping, ranger patrols, and hazard tree abatement as well as future improvements and replacement of facilities.

This fee is currently only in the proposal stage and a final determination will only be made after further public input has been considered, a final analysis is completed, and a Resource Advisory Committee approves of the proposal.

At A Glance

  • Proposed fee amount: $5.00 per vehicle per day, or appropriate pass
  • Proposed payment methods: Expected to be via digital pass, or purchased from nearby vendors (no fee tube onsite)
  • Accepted Passes: Annual passes such as the Region 6 Northwest Forest Pass and other interagency senior, military, and Every Kid in a Park passes
  • Existing Amenities: Vault toilets, trash service, picnic tables, parking for vehicles (and vehicles with horse trailers), interpretive signage, and regular patrols of the area.
  • Other Site Costs and Investments: Ecological restoration of the site, including planting native species and removing invasive species. Ongoing trail maintenance and improvements. Hazard tree and limb removal as needed. Ongoing work with partners to pick up trash throughout the site, particularly dog waste, which is often left behind by dog owners. Patrolling and enforcement of the site. New interpretive signs are planned. 

How to Provide Input

The public comment period for this Sandy River Delta new fee proposal closed on August 21st, 2017. However, this proposal is on hold pending Recreation RAC review. We will continue accepting comments until a review can be scheduled.

The public is invited to comment on the proposal by sending comments to Lorelei Haukness, Recreation Program Manager, at or (541) 308-1700.

Once public input is received, the proposal will be presented before a regional Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). Committee members represent a broad array of recreation interest groups, and will consider whether the proposal is reasonable and acceptable to the public. The public is welcome to attend RAC meetings.

Collection of fees at Forest Service “standard amenity” sites was first authorized through the 2004 Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. The Forest Service re-invests 95% of the fees collected to operate, maintain, and improve fee sites. The remainder covers administrative costs.

Public Meetings

October 23, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Mazamas Mountaineering Center
527 SE 43rd Ave, Portland, OR 97215

October 30, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Sam Cox Building
1106 E. Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060

Advisory Committee Meetings

Hood-Willamette Resource Advisory Committee
Click link above for upcoming meetings.

Meeting dates, times, and locations are being finalized. Follow us on and for updates.


Federal Register Notice Document Number 2017-13047 - Published June 22, 2017.