Recreation Passes & Permits

Interagency Passes

The Interagency Pass featuring the Annual Pass, Senior Pass, and Access Pass is honored at all Superior National Forest Recreation locations.  These passes can also be obtained at all District Offices.  The types and amounts of benefit discount vary from site to site and depend on the type of passport.

Annual Pass-Is good for 12 months from purchase for a cost of $80.  This pass admits the pass holder and three accompanying passengers in a private vehicle to Forest Service sites, Fish and Wildlife Service Refuges, and National Park sites that charge an entrance fee. 

   

Senior Annual Pass - For those 62 years or older this Annual Pass is only $20.  It is valid for 12 months from purchase (through last day of that month). It covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service Refuges, National Park, and Forest Service sites that charge an entrance fee.  It also entitles the pass holder use of Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation sites that charge a standard amenity fee.  The pass may provide a discount on some expanded amenity fees such as camping, highly developed boat launches and swimming sites, and guided tours.  The discount may vary depending on location.

 

 

Lifetime senior pass

Senior Lifetime Pass - For those 62 years or older this Lifetime Pass is only $80.  It covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service Refuges, National Park, and Forest Service sites that charge an entrance fee.  It also entitles the pass holder use of Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation sites that charge a standard amenity fee.  The pass may provide a discount on some expanded amenity fees such as camping, highly developed boat launches and swimming sites, and guided tours.  The discount may vary depending on location. 

 

 

Access Pass-Is a lifetime pass for persons who are disabled.  This pass covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service Refuges and National Park sites that charge an entrance fee.  It also covers use of Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and Forest Service sites that charge a standard amenity fee.  It also may provide a discount on some expanded amentiy fee's such as camping, highly developed boat launches and swimming sites, and guided tours.  

 
 

Camping and Hiking Permits

Permits are not required for hiking or dispersed camping on the Forest, with the exception of Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  

National Recreation Pass

The America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass or "Interagency" Pass Program provides a suite of annual and lifetime passes to U.S. citizens and visitors.  Between 80% and 100% of the Pass program's proceeds are used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services. (MORE)

The BWCAW Fee is Considered a Special Recreation Permit Fee 

Summary: Special Recreation Permits (Wilderness permits) are issued as a means to ensure extra measures are required for natural and cultural resource protection, the health and safety of visitors, or to allocate capacity and/or disperse recreation use. Permits may be required for places like wilderness areas, shooting ranges and specialized trail systems.

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Details: Special Recreation Permits are noncommercial and issued as a means to disperse use, protect natural and cultural resources, provide for the health and safety of visitors, allocate capacity, and/or to help cover the higher costs for providing specialized services. To address these needs, specialized services and/or additional management actions are required. 

REA benefits visitors to federal public lands by:

  • increased field patrols by wilderness rangers/portage crews; wilderness maintenance for trails, portages, campsites; increased visitor contact by interpreters and other education projects;
  • area-specific maps, brochures, travel planners, etc.; specific campsite cleanup and human waste removal; special field projects like boardwalks, weed removal, campsite restoration;
  • volunteers supporting the wilderness program;
  • administration of outfitter guides and cooperators;
  • wilderness character monitoring and possible mitigation actions;
  • safety advisories & training (blow down events, fires, etc.);
  • maintenance of entry point facilities (kiosks) and access to entry points (ramps);
  • permit reservation system support;
  • support of emergency medical and rescue services; and special orders, like fire, or other emergency closures.


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