USDA Forest Service Waives Recreation Fees this Saturday to Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day

Release Date: Jun 6, 2018  

PORTLAND, Ore.–June 5, 2018–The USDA Forest Service will waive fees at day-use recreation sites in Oregon and Washington this Saturday, June 9, in recognition of National Get Outdoors Day.

National Get Outdoors Day encourages Americans, particularly youth, to seek healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges, and other public lands and waters. 

“The Pacific Northwest is blessed with incredible natural beauty and world-class recreation opportunities,” said Regional Forester Jim Peña. “Whatever your interest or skill level, there’s something for everyone, so get outdoors and enjoy your public lands!”

This fee waiver includes many picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers. Concession operations will continue to charge fees unless the permit holder wishes to participate. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions, or other permits still apply.

The Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region manages more than 2,400 developed recreation sites, over 24,000 miles of trails, 51 Wild and Scenic Rivers, and two national monuments. No fees are charged at any time on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free. To find a recreation site near you, visit our interactive recreation map or download the Pacific Northwest Forests recreation app.

Mark your calendars for the following Forest Service fee-free days in 2018:

  • Sept. 22, 2018: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11 - 12, 2018: Veterans Day Weekend

The Pacific Northwest Region consists of 16 National Forests, 59 District Offices, a National Scenic Area, and a National Grassland comprising 24.7 million acres in Oregon and Washington and employing approximately 3,550 people. To learn more about the U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest, and to find passes & permits, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/r6

Media Contact: Stephen Baker, 503-808-2690, stephenbaker@fs.fed.us

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