Passes & Permits

4th Grade pass

Recreation Passes and Permits - Some Forest Service recreation sites in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area require a day use fee. This section includes information about where fees are charged and which passes may be used to cover these fees.

Fisherman casting a line in the river

Outfitting and Guiding Services - A special use permit is required to conduct outfitting or guiding activities on National Forest System land in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area or on the Klickitat and White Salmon Wild and Scenic Rivers. Find the definition of these activites, information on how to apply for a permit, and a list of our current guides.

People running on a rocky forest trail

Recreation Events - A recreation event permit is required for any event where an entry or participation fee is charged, or where paid membership in a group or organization is a prerequisite for participation. 

Crew filming a commercial on the Eagle Creek Trail.  Filming is only allowed M-R in peak season.

Commercial Filming and Still Photography - Like other commercial uses of National Forest lands and resources, commercial filming requires a special use permit issued by the Area Manager.

Vista House overlooking the Columbia River Gorge

Noncommercial Group Use - Any event with more than 75 people (either as participants or spectators) and/or infrastructure to support the event (tents, chairs, watering stations, etc.) requires a special use permit. Examples may include weddings, reunions or other large gatherings that do not require a fee for participation.

Horsetail Falls viewing plaza and rockwork on rainy day

Memorials, Plaques, Commemorative Monuments and Ashes – Learn guidelines, prohibitions, and alternatives for memorials on National Forest System lands in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. 

A path through a dry grass and scrub landscape.

Forest Products Permits - Forest products include edible or decorative materials (including Christmas trees), plants, and firewood. Collection of forest products is currently prohibited in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Find out where you can go.

Joe Hannon and Bill Schneider with the National Weather Service, Portland, OR.

Other permits - Additional permits may be needed for activities on National Forest Lands.