Recreation Passes & Permits
Are there any Free Days? Fees are waived at Forest Service-managed day use sites to celebrate specific events.
($30) - Annual pass honored at all Forest Service operated recreation sites in Washington and Oregon where a day use fee is required.
Check out one of our local vendors to purchase a pass! Vendors do not typically stock all pass options. If you're looking for a specific pass option you may want to call ahead to see if they carry your preferred pass.
Purchase a digital day use pass for Deschutes National Forest recreation sites. If purchasing your pass on-site, no printed copy of the pass will be available. Instead, your license plate number will be used to confirm compliance. If purchasing a pass in advance, a printed copy of the pass is recommended for your vehicle as connectivity is limited.
From the June 15 to October 15, Central Cascade Wilderness Permits are required for day use at 19 trailheads and for all overnight use within these three areas; Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington and the Three Sisters Wildernesses.
This pass covers day use fees at the following Monument sites only; Lava Lands Visitor Center, Lava Butte Interpretive Site, Benham Falls East Day Use Area, Lava River Cave, Lava Cast Forest Day Use Interpretive Site and all of the day use sites in Newberry Caldera.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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