Free use mushroom permits are temporarily waived through December 31, 2021 on the Mt. Hood National Forest. However, harvesters must have either a digital or paper copy of the forest Mushroom Map on their person. Harvesters must follow all other regular guidelines and restrictions for free use mushrooms, including:

  • Personal use mushrooms cannot be sold or bartered. Harvesting mushroms for commercial use is still closed at this time.
  • It is prohibited to collect forest products in wilderness areas, Old Maid Flats, developed recreation sites, or other areas normally closed to harvest.
  • Personal use mushroom harvest is limited to 1 gallon per day and a total of 10 gallons per year.
  • Entering fire closure areas to collect mushrooms or other forest products is prohibited.  More info about the 2020 fires, closure areas, and fire damage

Check road conditions and weather before heading out and pack out everything you brought with you. Make sure you are extremely confident in your mushroom identification skills before collecting any mushrooms for eating.

Read the free use mushroom information sheet for more details.


Overview of Mushroom Harvesting 

Bucket full of mushroomsThe Mt. Hood National Forest provides great locations for mushroom gathering. Please review the following tables to learn what type of permit you'll need to do the type of mushroom gathering you plan to do.

Mt. Hood National Forest is a great place to gather mushrooms for personal use and commercial harvest. See the maps below that indicate where mushroom gathering is acceptable. Click on one of the four district maps and you can print a map from home.


Parts of the Barlow Ranger District and Clackamas River Ranger District are closed due to 2020 wildfire impacts.  Harvesting forest products is prohibited in closure areas.  Review the closure maps before heading out!

Free Use Mushroom Maps

Mt Hood Mushroom Map


Free Use Mushroom Permit

Special Forest Product Allowable    Quantity Unit of Measure Remarks



Gallon Per Day

 All free use permits are good for the calendar year they are purchased – meaning your permit is valid until its quantity is reached, or until December 31 of that year. Each permit allows harvest of up to 1 gallon per day. Total 10 gallon quantity limit.


Charge Use Mushroom Permit

For at least the next few months, commercial (charge use) permits will be available by mail only:

  • Call your local ranger district office to purchase a commercial permit.
  • We can only process permits using a credit card or debit card right now.  (No cash or check.)
  • Have your ID ready.
  • Allow at least 3 business days to allow time for staff to mail your permit to you.


Special Forest Product Rate ($) per Unit of Measure Unit of Measure Remarks Quantity Sold With $20.00 Minimum Purchase

Mushrooms All Species Including Matsutake



Any Amount over $20.00 will be sold in 2 gallon increments.  For each additional 2 gallons purchased you will receive 1 additional day to your permit.  

5 Gallons       

(ex: 5 Gallons @ $4.00/Gallon = $20.00)

Mushrooms All  Species Except Matsutake



Any Amount over $20.00 will be sold in 2 gallon increments.  For each additional 2 gallons purchased you will receive 1 additional day to your permit.

20 Gallons


Please Note: picking mushrooms for personal use in the Old Maid Flats (Zigzag) area is limited to 20 persons per day in the Fall and requires a separate dated permit sheet available from the Zigzag Ranger Station.


Additional Resources

Special Request Forms

Frquently Asked Questions