Passes & Permits

Rafting Main Payette River near Banks

Overview of Passes & Permits

Before you plan an activity on the Payette National Forest, please be sure to check whether you will need a permit, river pass or interagency pass. 

Common activities that may require a permit or pass may include wood cutting, harvesting a Christmas tree, picking mushrooms or float boating on the Payette National Forest. 

Interagency Passes

Annual Pass -You must apply for these passports in person at a Forest Service Office and bring proof of age.

Senior Pass  - You must apply for these passports in person at a Forest Service Office and bring proof of age.

Access Pass - You must apply for these passports in person at a Forest Service Office and bring proof of blindness or permanent disability.

Permits - various types of permits are required depending on the activity you wish to pursue.  Please click on the links below to review the information below.

Recreation - Rafting on the South Fork Salmon River and Big Creek.  Payette River pass administered by the Boise National Foerst.

Forest Product Permits - Fuelwood permits (fire wood), Christmas Tree permits and Mushroom permits.

Events & Commercial Permits - Recreation Special Use Permits for weddings, reunions, sporting events, festivals, and Outfitters/Guides

Examples include operating a business, holding a group gathering with 75 people or more, or holding a bicycle race on National Forest System lands.

Other & Land Use Permits - Including Lands Special Use Permits and Commercial Filming Permits

A Special Use Permit grants rights or privileges of occupancy and use to the holder.  These permits contain specific terms and conditions that the holder must follow.  Before Special Use Permits are issued, the Forest Service must determine that the proposed use complies with all management plans and laws, that there is a demonstrated need for the activity, and that the use is appropriate on national forest system lands. Special Use Permits are a temporary authority.



https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/payette/passes-permits