Recreation Events

Open Season for 2020 Recreation Events (Sept 1 - Nov 1) is closed

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (CRGNSA), U.S. Forest Service office will accecpt proposals for calendar year 2021 recreation events from September 1 through November 1 of 2020.

A recreation event permit is required for any event of a temporary nature where an entry or participation fee is charged, such as foot or bicycle races, adventures games, or for events where paid membership in an organization is a prerequisite for participation. This permitting process applies to activities on National Forest System (NFS) lands within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, as well as the Klickitat Wild and Scenic River. It does not apply to activities on private, state, or county lands where no NFS lands are involved.

Because of high public visitation and congestion at many trails and recreation sites in the Gorge, the locations and time frames considered for new proposals are limited.  In 2021, the following restrictions will apply:

  • Proposals for events in the waterfall corridor, Angel’s Rest, and Sandy River Delta will not be considered between April 1 and September 30.
  • Events at Dog Mountain will not be considered between April 1 and July 1.
  • Proposals will not be accepted on the White Salmon Wild and Scenic River.
  • Proposals at Catherine Creek and Coyote Wall will not be considered between March 1 and June 1.
  • No proposals will be considered in Fire Closure areas.
  • No proposals will be accepted for events utilizing the Pacific Crest Trail.

If you are considering a proposal for a new recreation event, please send an email with the proposed date, event description, location and number of participants before submitting an application. Proposals will be screened for completeness and consistency with other activities and management of the proposed event area. If a proposal passes this screening and is accepted, a permit application may then be submitted. At minimum, include the following information:

  • Event description
  • Proposed date
  • Location (include detailed map), including start/finish, aid stations, parking
  • Number of participants and spectators

Applications must be postmarked by November 1.  It is advisable to submit your proposal (new event) or application (repeat event) at the beginning of the open season to allow time to complete the application packet if the proposal is accepted.

Please note that a complex mix of land ownership in the CRGNSA means that many events, particularly running or biking events, must be authorized by multiple entities. The Forest Service cannot authorize activities on other jurisdictions, so it is advisable to thoroughly research land ownership before submitting a proposal.

The open season for outfitter guide permits for 2020 will begin January 1 and end March 1, 2020.  For more information on the outfitter guide permit process, please visit or call (541) 308-1712.