New Online Permit Reservation System for overnight camping in the Mount Margaret Backcountry

Contact(s): Diana Perez


New online reservation system for overnight camping in Mount Margaret Backcountry

Amboy, WA – Beginning March 19, 2014 visitors to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument have the opportunity to utilize an online reservation system for overnight camping in the Mount Margaret Backcountry. Following national direction in President Obama’s “Recreation One Stop Initiative”, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is moving from a mail-in and walk–up reservation system to the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) website format. This is the same system that was successfully implemented for camping reservations at Sunset Falls Campground in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in 2013.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Manager Tom Mulder, states “I know this will be an adjustment for people but the new reservation system will provide a more efficient and equitable opportunity for backpackers to obtain permits for the Mount Margaret Backcountry. We will be providing assistance to out of town visitors and will be available to help folks through this transition; additionally it will allow us to focus our efforts in providing other goods and services for forest visitors.”

NRRS will charge a non-refundable reservation fee of $6.00 per reservation. The online reservation system will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Users can check for cancellations at any time and or make changes to their initial reservation, such as adding people or a day before the date of the permit. The public will also have access to a well-informed call center and Forest personnel if they need assistance with the website or do not have access to a computer. Reservations for overnight camping in the Mount Margaret Backcountry can be made through the Internet at Recreation.gov or by calling TOLL FREE at    (1-877-444-6777) or TDD (1-877-TDD-6777).

For questions about the new permit system contact Gary Walker, Lead Climbing and Trails Ranger at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, 360-449-7855 or email at gwalker@fs.fed.us.





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