Recreation Passes & Permits

Where are recreation day use fees charged? 

Exceptions: Concession Operated Sites:

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

*Buy passes online at the US Geological Service or at your nearest national forest office or Recreation Pass Vendors in person to make a purchase.

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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. A Senior Annual Pass may be applied towards the purchase of a Senior Lifetime Pass. 

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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. Available through agency volunteer program coordinators. Work with your local forest volunteer coordinator.

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What types of recreation passes are available and how do I decide?

Are there any Free Days? Fees are waived at Forest Service-managed day use sites to celebrate specific events.

Where does the money go? Recreation fee revenues make a difference.

How can I get involved? The Pacific Northwest Recreation Resource Advisory Committee provides recommendations concerning recreation fees.

Wilderness Permits

  • Visitors to the Mt. Hood Wilderness and the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness must have a completed wilderness permit in their possession during their stay in these areas from May 15 through October 15.
  • Climbers must have a wilderness permit in their possession year-round when on the south side climbing route of Mt. Hood. Permits are available at the Wy'East Timberline Day Lodge.
  • Permits are free and self-issued at trailheads.

Outfitters and Guides:

Millions of Americans recreate on their national forest lands each year—but not all of them have the gear they may need, or the skills they may want to get out and explore on their own. The Forest Service partners with recreation service providers, conducted under special use permit, to bridge that gap and support many kinds of outdoor recreation that would otherwise be out of reach for many users-- skiing, boating, rafting, climbing, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing, and more. These partnerships between government and private companies (commercial guides, non-profits, educational, outdoor program leaders) produce quality recreational opportunities for the public and heighten the economic activity in local communities. Below are links for partners or for people interested in learning more about and receiving guiding services: 


State of Oregon Sno*Park Permit

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NOTE: Oregon will no longer be able to honor Washington’s Sno-Park permits.  You must have a valid State of Oregon Sno*Park permit displayed in the windshield of your vehicle if you park in designated winter recreation parking areas (Sno*Parks) between November 1 and April 30.