Passes & Permits

The Forest Service offers many activities such as hiking, biking, skiing, camping, birding, cabin rentals, firewood gathering, berry picking, mushroom harvesting, and river rafting to name a few. Many of the facilities and services associated with these opportunities are free. However, listed below are some activities that do require a pass or permit to help maintain, manage, and improve the amenities that you enjoy.

Forest Permits

Recreation Passes

Local Forest Passes

Lake Como Recreation Area is a complex of developed recreation sites on both sides of the reservoir, including a swimming beach, picnic areas, boat launch, campgrounds, group site, rental cabin, and developed trailheads.  There are fees for using the facilities and services:  either an overnight fee for the use of the campgrounds, or a day use fee for using the developed day use sites within the recreation area, such as the beach, boat launch, picnic areas, etc.  From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, vehicles parked within the recreation area must display a valid Lake Como day pass.  Day passes are $5, and Season Passes are $30.  Day passes can be purchased on site at self-service fee stations, and both day and season passes can be purchased at Forest Service offices in Darby, Hamilton, and Stevensville, or at local vendors throughout Hamilton and Darby.

National Interagency Passes

  • Senior Lifetime Pass

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    ($80) - For those 62 or older. Valid for the lifetime of the passholder.

  • Annual Senior Pass

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    ($20) - For those 62 or older. Valid for one year from month of purchase. A Senior Annual Pass may be applied towards the purchase of a Senior Lifetime Pass.

  • Annual Military Pass

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    (Free) - For active military personnel and their dependents or veterans. Valid for 12 months.

Lake Como Season Pass

Lake Como Season Pass

Lake Como Day Use Pass

Lake Como Day Use Pass