Passes & Permits

Grayback CreekThe Forest Service's Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest offers many activities such as hiking, biking, skiing, camping, birding, rental cabins, driving for pleasure, harvesting mushrooms, and gathering firewood. Many of the facilities and services associated with these opportunities are free. Some do require fees or permits to help maintain, manage and improve the amenities that you enjoy.

Recreation Fees and Passes

National Passes

There are several pass options to consider. To make the best choice on which pass to purchase, you should think about your recreation plans for the next year. Interagency National Passes cover entrance fees found at Federal recreation areas such as National Parks and wildlife refuges. They also cover the use of facilities and services at many day use sites on Forest Service- and Bureau of Land Management-administered lands.

If you plan to recreate in multiple places across the Nation, an Interagency Annual Pass may be the best value for you! You may also qualify for an Interagency Senior Pass or an Interagency Access Pass.

Interagency Passes are honored at Forest Service sites charging fees for use of many developed day use recreation sites, which may include picnic sites, low-developed boat ramps, and trailheads. Interagency Passes may also provide discounts for camping at Forest Service operated campgrounds. For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions guide.

Know Before You Go: Do I Need a Permit or a Pass?

Recreation Passes & Permits: In Washington and Oregon, some National Forest recreation sites require a day-use fee. This section includes information about where fees are charged and which passes may be used to cover these fees.

Forest Products PermitsHere, find more information on Christmas tree permits, firewood, transplants, mushrooms, and more.

Event/Commercial Permits: Examples of these permits (also called Special Use Permits) may include reserving a public site for a wedding party, or holding a bicycle race on public lands.

Campfire Permit Information

Please protect our National Forest from wildfires by knowing and following rules for the safe use of campfires.

A portion of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest lands is in the State of California. You will need to obtain a California Campfire Permit if you plan to build a campfire or use a stove, unless you are in a developed recreation area (campground or picnic area). Permits are available at the Siskiyou Mountains and Wild Rivers Ranger Districts.

FREE permits are available at offices of the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Remember that regulations governing campfires are specific to each National Forest and change with weather conditions and the seasons. To protect yourself and the forest, check with the Forest Service office before your visit for current campfire restrictions. If you smoke outside a vehicle, be sure you do so within a cleared area at least three feet in diameter.