Recreation Events

Open Season for 2021 Recreation Events is Cancelled.

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (CRGNSA), U.S. Forest Service office will not be accepting new recreation event proposalss for 2021. The CRGNSA annually accepts proposals for recreation events for the nextcalendar year between September 1 through November 1. Due to the current uncertainty around COVID-19, the open season for 2021 will be suspended. If public health and applicable State and County direction allows, those applicants who have previously had a permit proposal accepted will be able to submit an application for their 2021 event. However, the situation remains uncertain and a permit will no be guaranteed.

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 the future, 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.

The open season for outfitter guide permits for 2021 is still scheduled to run from January 1 and end March 1, 2021.  For more information on the outfitter guide permit process, please visit or call (503) 307-7002.