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Passes & Permits

Before you plan an activity on the Boise Forest, please be sure to check whether you will need a permit, river pass or interagency pass.

Common activities that may require a permit or pass may include wood cutting, harvesting a Christmas tree, picking mushrooms or parking within the Payette River System.

The Interagency Visitor Center in Boise at 208-373-4007 can provide specific information for every type of adventure!

Fees that are charged are making a difference.  The National Forests in the Intermountain Region are using the recreation fee revenues to improve and enhance recreation opportunities.   


More Information about Passes Website!

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Obtain permits and information from Boise, Payette or Sawtooth Forest Offices and local Vendors. 

The Vendors will offer fuelwood permits and Christmas tree permits during the season. 

Inquire at the local Forest Service Offices for specific information regarding  mushroom permits.

The Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) are available only at Forest Service Offices.


Fuelwood Permits  - Permits are sold from:  May 15, 2018 thru November 30.

Christmas Tree Permits   

Mushroom Permits  

Special Use Permits – Information and application for a permit



Offices and Vendors for Permits

Boise National Forest Offices and Vendors

Payette National Forest Offices and Vendors

Sawtooth National Forest Offices and Vendors



Park N'Ski Permits

The annual and three day parking permits are a cornerstone of the Nordic program. Revenues from the sale of permits go toward trail improvements, plowing parking lots and grooming trails.  MORE INFORMATION.





Annual Payette River System Pass

Annual River Passes for the Payette River recreation area in the Banks and Garden Valley area are now on sale for the entire 2018 season for $20 each at the following locations: 

Payette River Passes 

List of Vendors and Offices

MORE INFORMATION about Payette River Passes.



Interagency Passes - Get Great Discounts!


All passes


Annual Pass -You must apply for these passports in person at a Forest Service Office and bring proof of age. - You must apply at a Forest Service Office. 

Senior Pass  - You must apply for these passports in person at a Forest Service Office and bring proof of age.

Access Pass - You must apply for these passports in person at a Forest Service Office and bring proof of blindness or permanent disability.