If you are planning to visit several national parks or forests, or to visit for several days at a time, an annual pass is the best way to go. These passes, which can be purchased online, at ranger stations, or national park visitor centers, are valid for one year from month of purchase. The Interagency Annual Pass allows you into Oregon, Washington, and US sites and facilities operated by the following agencies:
- National Park Service
- US Forest Service
- Bureau of Land Management
- Bureau of Reclamation
- US Fish & Wildlife Service
These passes cover the pass owner as well as the passengers that accompany the owner in a single non-commercial vehicle. Enhanced and discounted versions of the Interagency Annual Pass (the America The Beautiful pass) are available for senior citizens (62+) and for persons who are blind or permanently disabled. Free passes are available to active military personnel and to US citizens or permanent residents of the United States who have put in 500 or more volunteer hours. Interagency annual passes don’t cover expanded amenity fees (such as developed campgrounds or facilities) or special recreation permits.
The Annual Northwest Forest Pass allows you to access day-use sites and facilities operated by US Forest Service in Oregon and Washington for one year from month of purchase. This pass takes the form of a hangtag that you place on a vehicle’s rearview mirror. Decals are available for motorcycles.
You can purchase a State Parks day-use parking permit online at Oregon Recreation and Parks Department or through concessionaires across the state. This pass, available for 12 or 24 months, covers your parking fee required at some state parks throughout Oregon.
To find out which Oregon State Parks require a day-use permit you can:
The long expanse of Oregon’s coastline is one park after another. The Oregon Coast Passport covers admission, parking, and day use fees for 17 State and Federal parks, recreation areas, and heritage sites located on the Oregon Coast. This pass is available in annual and 5-day formats.
Enjoy 12 months of unlimited parking at Oxbow and Blue Lake regional parks, Broughton Beach, Chinook Landing Marine Park and M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp for $40 ($30 if over age 62).
Sno-Park permits are required in designated Sno-Parks from November 1 – April 30. Sno-park permits can be moved from one vehicle to another. You may get a fine for parking in a Sno-Park without a permit.
Fifteen ODFW Wildlife Areas require a $10 daily parking permit or a $30 annual (Jan. 1-Dec. 31) parking permit. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife owns or manages nearly 200,000 acres of land set aside for wildlife use and public recreation. Learn which locations require a permit by clicking this link.