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|The Deschutes and Willamette National Forests are asking for input on a
proposed special recreation permit fee as a part of the new limited entry system for day and overnight
use in three Central Cascades wildernesses. The limited entry system will go into effect beginning the
summer of 2020. The special recreation permit fee, if approved, also would go into effect in the summer
The Forest Service has proposed the following structure for the special use permit fee:
No special use permit fees for youth 12 and under, though each person requires a limited
entry reservation regardless of age.
Day-use permit fee $3.00 per person (needed at 19 trailheads, no fee 60 trailheads)
Overnight permit fee $5.00 per person, per night (needed at 79 trailheads)
The special recreation permit fee will be required from the Friday before Memorial Day to the last Friday
in September in the Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters wilderness areas. The special
recreation permits would be available through the Recreation.gov website.
Limited entry reservations would include the special recreation permit fee, plus the processing fees
charged by Recreation.gov. The processing fees are currently $1 per person for day use and $6 per
Public input will inform the Forest Service’s final proposal for the special recreation permit fee structure,
how the fees should be invested, and any concerns or suggestions related to the special recreation
permit fee. The public comment period on the proposal begins on October 9, 2019 and end on
November 25, 2019.
The final proposal will be presented to two Resource Advisory Committees, one on the east side of the
Cascades and one on the west side of the Cascades. The Resource Advisory Committees will give the
Forest Service recommendations on the fee structure. The Regional Forester for the Pacific Northwest,
Region 6, will make the final decision.
Comments on the special recreation permit fee be mailed to the Willamette National Forest, ATTN:
Recreation Fees, 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Springfield, OR, 97477. Comments can also be submitted
by email to WillametteRecFeeComments@usda.gov or dropped off at any Willamette or Deschutes
National Forest office during business hours.
In addition to the fees there will be a recreation.gov "service" fee from $1 to $6