Deschutes National Forest begins collecting fees at day-use sites

The Deschutes National Forest has started collecting fees at day-use sites.

Fees are charged in areas with amenities like restrooms and trash collection.

Many of the services were suspended earlier this year, so fees were not imposed.

The day-use areas include trailheads, boat ramps and picnic areas, some of which saw plenty of visitors even when the gates were locked.

“Having people leave trash and having people do things they weren’t supposed to do and go into areas that were closed–what happens was, we had to go into those sites and it really delayed us from opening them up sometimes because we had to clean up that trash and clean up those facilities,” Jean Nelson Dean with the Deschutes National Forest said. “Now we’re back up and running.”

More information about which sites require a day-use pass is available on the Forest Service website.

Day use passes can be purchased online and printed at home.

How to Get a Pass

Visitors may purchase a day-use pass for $5.00 at the day-use site or online. In lieu of a day-use pass, visitors may use a Northwest Forest Pass, which can be purchased for $35.00 on-line or from a vendor in Central Oregon.  The Forest Service suggests that if someone expects to visit more than seven Forest Service day-use sites across Oregon and Washington in a year, the Northwest Forest Pass is more convenient option than day-use passes.

Visitors are encouraged to buy a Northwest Forest Pass from a vendor because of limited access to many Forest Service offices due to COVID-19. A list of Central Oregon vendors is attached to this press release and is located on the Deschutes National Forest website at this linkhttps://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd757186.pdf  

Northwest Forest Passes and Interagency Passes can also be purchased on-line at https://store.usgs.gov/forest-pass .

Day-use passes can be purchased on-line and printed at home from this linkwww.discovernw.org/mm5/merchant.mvc?screen=PROD&product_code=20281

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