Recreation Passes & Permits
Recreation Fee Information
Are you ready to recreate on your national forest lands? The U.S. Forest Service Recreation Passes webpage will help you determine if a site requires a recreation fee to help pay for the facilities and services that you will be using. You will also learn about the variety of pass and permit options available to you.
Interagency Pass Program
The Interagency Pass series is collectively known as the America the Beautiful: National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, and has something to offer everyone. To make the best choice on which pass to get, you should think about your recreation plans for the next year. If you plan to recreate in many different spots across the nation, an Interagency Annual Pass may be your best value. You may also qualify for one of the Lifetime Interagency Passes (Senior Pass or Access Pass).
The Interagency Recreation Passes can save you dollars when you visit federal recreation areas such as National Forests and National Parks, and recreation sites administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. These passes do not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.
All passes in the America the Beautiful: National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program will admit the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private (non-commercial) vehicle. For areas that charge a per person fee, the pass admits the pass holder and 3 additional adults (16 and older). Children under 16 free.
Visit your local Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests office for more information or to pick up one of these passes.
For a cost of $80, the annual pass is available to the general public and is valid one year, beginning from the month of sale. Two signatures can be on one pass. It provides access to Federal recreation sites that charge an entrance/standard amenity fee.
There are two options for the Senior Pass (formerly Golden Age and Golden Eagle); an annual pass for $20, or a lifetime pass for $80. This pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 and older. It provides access to Federal recreation sites that charge an entrance/standard amenity fee. Pass Holders may get a 50% discount on some amenity fees, including many of our campgrounds.
U.S. Military Annual Pass
The pass is available, free of charge, to active U.S. Military members and their dependents of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and also Reserve and National Guard members. It is valid one year from the month of issue and covers entrance/standard amenity fees at participating Federal recreation sites. The Pass must be obtained in person by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).
The Access Pass is a Lifetime pass available, free of charge, to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities and provides access to Federal recreation sites that normally charge an entrance/standard amenity fee. Documentation must be provided to acquire. Pass Holders may get a 50% discount on some amenity fees, including many of our campgrounds.
Christmas Tree Permits
It is a popular tradition to begin the holiday season with an outing to the forest to cut the family’s Christmas tree. Christmas tree permits can be purchased online on Recreation.gov. Please see the link above to acquire your permit.
Christmas tree permits are FREE in 2022; however, a small processing fee will be collected to cover the online transaction.
No special areas on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are designated for Christmas tree cutting. Please cut your tree at least 200 feet from well–traveled roads, flowing water, campgrounds, and recreation sites, and do not harvest within designated Wilderness areas or Wild and Scenic River corridors. Select your tree from thickets and overstocked areas and choose a tree that is the right size for your needs. Be aware of winter driving conditions while searching for your tree; pack tire chains, a first aid kid, and other emergency equipment. Dress in layers and bring plenty of food and water for the whole family.
For more information about harvesting a Christmas tree on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, please contact your local ranger station. More information is also available at the link above.
Outfitters and Guides
As partners in providing unique recreational experiences, commercial outfitters and guides play a key part in fulfilling one of the agency's mission to the public. Although many visitors possess the necessary skills and equipment to enjoy the National Forests, others may not have the capability to participate in an activity on their own. To see which outfitters and guides are permitted to operate on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, visit our Outfitters and Guides webpage.
The Four Rivers Lottery manages the permit application process for four premier Idaho rivers; the Middle Fork of the Salmon, the Selway, the Snake, and the wild section of the Salmon. Permits are required to float these four rivers during the high-use seasons. A lottery drawing is used to allocate these highly-coveted whitewater float permits. For more information, visit the Salmon-Challis National Forest Four Rivers Lottery and Permit Reservation System webpage.