Passes & 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.
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.
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.
Like other commercial uses of National Forest lands and resources, commercial filming requires a special use permit issued by the Area Manager.
Any event that involves more than 75 people and/or infrastructure (tents, chairs, watering stations, etc.) requires a special use permit. This can include weddings, reunions, and other gatherings that do not charge participants.
Learn guidelines, prohibitions, and alternatives for memorials on National Forest System lands in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
Collection of forest products such as include edible or decorative materials (i.e. Christmas trees), plants, and firewood is currently prohibited in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Find out where you can go.
Learn about other types of activities that may require special permits on National Forest Lands and how to start requesting one.
Alerts & Warnings
- Storm Advisory
- Effective Oct 20, 2022-2024: Eagle Creek Fire Closure
- Seasonal permits not currently required at Multnomah Falls
- Drones prohibited in wilderness and select recreation sites
- Klickitat Mile One Overnight Use & Large Boat Launch Prohibition
- Guard against car theft
- Check road and weather conditions