Recreation Passes & Permits

Recreation Day Use Fees & Passes

In the Columbia River Gorge, some Forest Service recreation sites require a day use fee to help maintain and enhance the site's services and facilities. Recreation passes are a convenient form of payment that can be used in lieu of depositing cash or checks into the site's deposit box. 

First, check whether you'll need to pay a fee for your planned visit and review our list of recreation fee sites.

2018 Fee-Free Days:

  • January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 19 - Presidents Day
  • June 9 - National Get Outdoors Day
  • September 22 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 - Veterans Day 

Next, decide which pass is right for you and purchase it using one of the following methods.

  • Select a pass type below for details or click "BUY" to start your purchase. 
  • Visit one of our Northwest Forest Pass Vendors in person to make a purchase.

Recreation Passes

Recreation Permits

The Forest Service may require recreation permits when extra measures are needed to protect natural or cultural resources, to restrict the number of people participating in the activity at any one time, to provide extra safety or other specialized services. These permits may be issued to individuals as “Special Recreation Permits.” 

  • No “Special Recreation Permits” are currently required at National Scenic Area sites. 
  • Organized recreational events (such as competitive races, fund raisers, club activities, weddings, and family reunions) and commercial activities conducted on National Forest System lands do often require a Special Use Permit

Link to buy Interagency Annual Pass at Discover Your Northwest Link to buy Day ePass online at Discover Your Northwest and print at home Link to buy Annual Northwest Forest Pass at USGS Link to buy National Forest Day Pass online at Discover Your Northwest and have it mailed to you. Link to more information on Interagency Annual Pass. Link to more information on Interagency Military Pass. Link to more information on Interagency Senior Pass. Link to more information on Interagency Access Pass. Link to more information on Day ePass and National Forest Recreation Pass. Link to more information on Day ePass and National Forest Recreation Pass. Link to more information on Annual Northwest Forest Pass. Link to more information on Oregon Pacific Coast Passports. Link to more information on Newberry National Volcanic Monument Pass. Link to more information on Interagency 4th Grade Pass.