Recreation Passes & Permits

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 may be used in lieu of your day use fee at the trailhead.  

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

Fee-Free Days:

  • Jan 21, 2019: Martin Luther King, Jr Day
  • Feb 18, 2019: President's Day
  • Jun 1, 2019: National Trails Day
  • Jun 8, 2019: National Get Outdoors Day
  • Sep 28, 2019: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov 11, 2019: Veterans Day

Next, decide which pass is right for you and make a purchase online, or find a Recreation Pass Vendor to make a purchase in person.

Local Passes & Permit

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Purchase Digital Recreation Day Pass ($5) - Day Pass for Forest Service fee sites in Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. 

Dog Mountain trail is highlighted by spring-blooming yellow balsamroot flowers

Seasonal Dog Mountain Hiking Permit - Required Saturdays/Sundays from April 20- June 16 for each individual using the Dog Mountain Trail System.

Northwest Forest Passes (Oregon & Washington)

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ePass & National Forest Day Passes ($5) - Day use pass honored at all Forest Service operated recreation sites in Washington and Oregon where a day use fee is required.        

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Annual Pass ($30) - Annual pass honored at all Forest Service operated recreation sites in Washington and Oregon where a day use fee is required. Valid for one year from the last day of the month issued.

Interagency Passes

4th Grade pass   

4th Grade Interagency Pass - Free for current 4th grade students.

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Interagency Annual Pass ($80) -  For anyone to purchase, valid for 12 months.

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Interagency Senior Lifetime Pass ($80) -  For those age 62 or older. Valid for the lifetime of the passholder.

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Interagency Annual Senior Pass ($20) - For those age 62 or older. Valid for one year from month of purchase. 

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Interagency Access Pass (Free) -  For those with a permanent disability.

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Interagency Annual Military Pass (Free) - Available for active military personel, or their dependents. Valid for 12 months.

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Interagency Volunteer Pass - The pass can be issued free of charge to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who individually accrues 500 volunteer hours. Work with your local forest volunteer coordinator to ensure your volunteer hours are tracked and recorded.

Recreation Special Use 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