Recreation Passes & Permits

Where are recreation day use fees charged? 

To purchase online click on the "BUY" buttons. For more information click on the individual passes. 

Recreation Passes

Link to buy Interagency Annual Pass at Discover Your Northwest Link to buy Day ePass online at Discover Your Northwest and print at home Link to buy Annual Northwest Forest Pass at USGS Link to buy National Forest Day Pass online at Discover Your Northwest and have it mailed to you. Link to more information on Interagency Annual Pass. Link to more information on Interagency Military Pass. Link to more information on Interagency Senior Pass. Link to more information on Interagency Access Pass. Link to more information on Day ePass and National Forest Recreation Pass. Link to more information on Day ePass and National Forest Recreation Pass. Link to more information on Annual Northwest Forest Pass. Link to more information on Oregon Pacific Coast Passports. Link to more information on Newberry National Volcanic Monument Pass. Link to more information on Interagency 4th Grade Pass.

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What types of recreation passes are available and how do I decide?

Are there any Free Days? Fees are waived at Forest Service-managed day use sites to celebrate specific events.

Where does the money go? Recreation fee revenues make a difference.

How can I get involved? The Pacific Northwest Recreation Resource Advisory Committee provides recommendations concerning recreation fees.

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Wilderness Permits

Mt. Thielsen and Diamond Peak Wildernesses

From the Friday before Memorial Day to October 31st free, self-issue permits are required to enter these wildernesses. You will find these permits at the trailheads. These permits help us know who is in the wilderness in case emergencies, like wildfires, occur.

Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and the Three Sisters Wildernesses

From the Friday before Memorial Day to the last Friday in September wilderness permits are required on 19 trails within these three wildernesses and for all overnight use. These permits are reserved through Recreation.gov. Go to the site and in  the Search Bar type in Central Cascades and the information will come up for both day use and overnight permits.

For detailed information about the Central Cascades Wilderness Permit System and for trip planning go to this link: Central Cascades Wilderness Permits.

Free  self-issue day use permits are available for 60 of the 79 trails within these three wildernesses. These self-issued permits are available at those trailheads.

For more information on the five wilderness areas on the Deschutes National Forest, visit our wilderness section.

Other Recreation Fees and Permits

  • Holders of a Golden Age and Golden Access Passports and Senior and Access Passes are entitled to the following discounts on expanded amenity recreation fees:

    -  A 50 percent discount on the fee for a single camping unit. This discount does not apply to use of a cabin, lookout, double camping unit, triple camping unit, group camping unit, extra vehicle fees, or any additional camping units and separately charged utility, water, hook-up or day use fees.

  • The passes listed above do not cover campground fees. Please see the campground areas for information on fees.
  • Operating an Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) on public land requires an Oregon OHV permit. This is in addition to any forest passes or fees that may be required. Please contact your nearest Forest Service office for details on permits needed for operating an OHV on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests.
  • Sno-Park Permit - The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) requires a Sno-Park Permit to park at designated sno-parks from November 1 through April 30. Learn more about the Oregon Sno-Park program here: https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/pages/vehicle/sno_park_permits.aspx

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