Passes & Permits

Interagency Passes

An Interagency Annual Pass may be your best value if you plan to visit  many different federal lands across the nation that include lands managed by other federal agencies. You may also qualify for the Interagency Senior passes or Interagency Access Pass. Below is a list of all the available Interagency Passes and all relevent information. Some passes require purchase while others are free.

Important information for the Sawtooth National Forest:

On the Sawtooth National Recreation Area the concessionaire (private contractor) honors all interagency Senior and Access passes. This entitles campers to a 50% discount for single family sites only. No other discounts are offered, i.e day use fees are not discounted.

 

Annual Pass

Cost: $80 Annually

Who Qualifies: Anyone can purchace an Interagency Annual Pass.

Benefits:

  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees
  • Valid for 12 months from the month of purchase. Expires the last day of the month punched. 
  • Has two signature lines and any two individuals may sign the pass. Both are considered pass holders.
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.
  • At per-person fee sites, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.
  • Frequent visitors of multiple federal agency lands may save money by buying an Interagency Annual Pass.
  • Annual Pass

Cost: Free

Who Qualifies: Active military personnel and their dependents.

Benefits:

  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees
  • Valid for 12 months from the month of issue. Expires the last day of the month punched. 
  • Has two signature lines and can be signed by another active military member or dependent at any time. Both are considered pass holders. 
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. 
  • At per-person fee sites, admits pass holder and up to 3 people. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.

     

Senior Pass

Cost: Two Pass Options:

  • 1. Annual Senior Pass - $20
  • 2. Lifetime Senior Pass - $80

Who Qualifies:

  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Must be 62 years of age or older.
  • Must obtain in person.
  • Must show proof of age, which may be a state driver's license showing birth date, a birth certificate, or similar document.

Benefits:

  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees
  • Senior Annual Pass – Valid for one year from month of purchase. 
  • Senior Lifetime Pass  - Valid for pass holder's lifetime. 
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.
  • At per-person fee areas, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.
  • *Receives a 50% discount on some expanded amenity fees: 
    • Generally applies to:
      • Single family campsites
      • Highly developed boat launches or swimming sites
      • Guided tours, movies and seminars (pass holder only)
    • Does not apply to:
      • Additional campsites not occupied by pass holder
      • Flat fee for a group campsite
      • Separate fee for utility hookups

 

Access Pass

Cost: Free, lifetime

Who Qualifies:

Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Must have a medical determination and documentation of blindness or permanent disability. 

Benefits:

  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees
  • Valid for pass holder's lifetime. 
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. 
  • At per-person fee sites, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge. 
  • *Receives a 50% discount on some expanded amenity fees like campgrounds (does not include hookups for water/sewer/electricity), highly developed boat launches and swimming sites and for specialized interpretive services.
    • Generally applies to:
      • Single family campsites
      • Highly developed boat launches or swimming sites
      • Guided tours, movies and seminars (pass holder only)
    • Does not apply to:
      • Additional campsites not occupied by pass holder
      • Flat fee for a group campsite
      • Separate fee for utility hookups
      • On some expanded amenity fees like campgrounds (does not include hookups for water/sewer/electricity), highly developed boat launches and swimming sites and for specialized interpretive services.

     

Every Kid Outdoors

 

Cost: Free

Who Qualifies: Any 4th grader (or 10 year-old for those who are in alternative school environments) who completes the education material on the Every Kid Outdoors website (link is external).

Benefits:

  • Available to U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) who present a valid Every Kid Outdoors paper pass.
  • Valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September -August).
  • Honored nationwide at Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.
  • At per-person fee sites, admits pass holder and up to 3 people who are 16 and older (for a maximum of four people).  Anyone 15 and younger is free of charge. 

    More Information

    Every Kid Outdoors Brochure / Spanish Language

    Every Kid Outdoors FAQ / Spanish Language

 

Volunteer Pass

Cost: Free

Who Qualifies: U.S. citizens or permanent residents who individually accrue 250 volunteer hours.

Benefits:

  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.

  • Valid for 12 months from the month of issue. Expires the last day of the month punched.

  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.

At per-person fee sites, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.

 

     Where can I go to get a pass?

You can receive passes at all Forest Service, BLM and National Parks nation wide.

You can also buy the Interagency Annual Pass online.

                 Click here to purchase a pass.

 

     Resource Permits

Before you plan an activity on the Forest, please be sure to check whether or not you need a permit or pass. Common activities that that may require a permit include wood cutting, mushroom picking, rock collecting, cutting a Christmas tree, special-uses, post and pole, ornamental, and accessing the Sawtooth Wilderness Area.

 

     Wilderness

The Forest Service requires all visitors to the Sawtooth Wilderness to obtain a permit. Groups of eight or more or any stock users must obtain their permit from a Forest Service office. All other   users can self-issue a permit at the trailhead.

Visitors to the White Clouds or Hemingway-Boulders Wildernesses need not have a permit. However, if traveling in a group of 8 or more, they must still contact the Sawtooth NRA Headquarters office or the Stanley Ranger Station.

Sawtooth National Recreation Area Headquarters: 208-727-5000

Stanley Ranger Station: 208-774-3000

 

      Firewood

Personal Use Firewood Permits go on sale mid to late May of every years, and are $6.25 per cord with a 4-cord minimum and a 10-cord maximum per household. They will be available to     purchase at any Sawtooth National Forest Office and participating vendor. Additional Firewood Information...

 

         Click here for the Sawtooth National Forest 2019 Firewood Cutting Map

         Permits will be sold for personal firewood use only.

 

     Outfitter and Guides

Sawtooth NRA Temporary Outfitter and Guide Permit Process

 

     Event, Commercial and Special Use Permits

A permit is required for any commercial activity defined as:

  • any use or activity on National Forest System lands where;
  • an entry or participation fee is charged
  • the primary purpose is the sale of a good or service

Regardless of whether the use or activity is intended to produce a profit, special use permits are issued at the local Ranger District office.  Basic requirements for holding a permit include technical and financial capability, payment of a fee, and insurance listing the US Government as additionally insured.

 

The Northern Rockies region receives hundreds of requests for special use authorizations annually.  Examples and types of activities that require a recreation event special use permit include, but are not limited to:

  • competitive races,
  • contests, fund raisers,
  • eco-challenges,
  • club activities,
  • adventure games
  • endurance races.

If you or your organization are considering holding such an event on the National Forest, you must contact your local Ranger District well in advance of the scheduled event to determine whether a permit is available.

 

Commercial Filming or Commercial Photography Permit:

Commercial filming and commercial photography may take place on National Forest System (NFS) lands, however like other commercial uses of NFS lands and resources the use of the land for commercial filming and still commercial photography requires a special use permit, which is issued by the District Ranger or Forest Supervisor of the relevant Forest.  General media outlets are not included as commercial filming or commercial photography.

Prior to the issuance of a permit, the Forest Service will determine if there are any environmental concerns in the proposed filming or photo shoot location.

  • The Custer Gallatin National Forest requires submission of commercial filming proposals at least 2 weeks in advance of requested filming dates and requests 30 days advance submission, especially in cases of more complex proposals or proposals that are not fully formulated.
  • Depending upon permit requests and work loads, film permiting can take up to 1-2 months.

 

In order to expedite a filming request, please be aware of the following considerations:

Request template - Standard template, additional information may be requested on a case-by-case basis.

  • Commercial filming is defined as use of motion picture, videotaping, sound-recording, or any other type of moving image or audio recording equipment on National Forest System lands that involves the advertisement of a product or service, the creation of a product for sale, and/or the use of actors, models, sets, or props, but not including activities associated with broadcasting breaking news. For purposes of this definition, creation of a product for sale includes a film, videotape, television broadcast, or documentary of historic events, wildlife, natural events, features, subjects or participants in a sporting or recreation event, and so forth, when created for the purpose of generating income (FSH 2709.11 2008-2 (CH 40)).
  • Commercial photography is defined as the use of photographic equipment to capture still images on film, digital format, and other similar technologies found on National Forest System lands that: takes place at a location where members of the public are generally not allowed or where additional administrative costs are likely; or uses models, sets, or props that are not part of the site’s natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities (FSH 2709.11 2008-2 (CH 40)).
  • The Forest Service may require liability insurance and/or performance bonds to protect the public interest (FSH 2709.11 2008-2 (CH 40)). Typically, one (1) million dollars in general liability may required. Up to five (5) million may be required for activities that involve the use of a helicopter.
  • Public law 106-206 allows the Forest Service to collect two types of fees for commercial filming or commercial photography activities – a use fee and a “cost recovery” fee.
    • The use fee is based upon: the number of days filming or photography activities take place; the size of the film/photography crew; and/or the amount and type of equipment present.
    • The cost recovery fee covers the administrative and personnel costs associated with issuing the permit.
  • Wilderness areas are congressionally-designated areas on federal lands that are subject to specific management restrictions; human activities are restricted to non-motorized recreation (such as backpacking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, etc.), scientific research, and other non-invasive activities. Wilderness Areas occur on Forest Service (Department of Agriculture) lands, as well as on lands managed by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Department of Interior).  A special use permit may only be issued for commercial photography or commercial filming on a US Forest Service Wilderness Area if the activity has a primary objective of disseminating information about the use and enjoyment of wilderness, is wilderness-dependent and an appropriate non-wilderness substitute does not exist, and the activity would not involve the use of any motorized equipment or mechanical transport (see Key Messages of FSH 2701.11-2010-2 (CH 40)for further information).

Features

Firewood Info

When cutting and transporting firewood on or from the Sawtooth National Forest, you must have a printed permit and load tags, which are available at your nearest Ranger Station. Also remember to fill out the log sheet provided on the front of your permit. You must list the date, time and quantity removed from each location before you move your vehicle. Please stay on existing roads and be sure your equipment is in good working condition. Please contact the nearest district office if you have any questions about firewood.



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