Deschutes National Forest Day Passes can now be purchased online

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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Visitors to the Deschutes National Forest can now purchase day passes online at Recreation.gov, via a mobile device on the site, or in advance.

This new public service offers additional payment options to Forest Service visitors at all day-use sites in the forest. Trailheads, boat launches / docks, and picnic areas where the forest provides utilities are all examples of day-use sites.

All visitors to paid day-use sites in Deschutes National Forest must purchase a pass. With the electronic payment option, mobile transactions can now take place on-site, if cellular service is available, or in advance, if service is not available.

Mobile coverage at sites varies widely, so purchasing in advance can eliminate on-site coverage issues. Passes purchased online will be verified for compliance against vehicle license plates. A transaction receipt can also be printed and displayed on the vehicle’s dashboard, much like an on-site charge envelope that uses cash or a check.

Steps for purchasing the electronic pass on the site via a mobile device on the site or in advance:

  1. Scan the QR code on the site or visit Recreation.gov/sitepass/74418

2. Select your pass type and enter your information, including the dates of your visit. Don’t forget to include your license plate.

3. Verify as a guest or enter a Recreation.gov username and password if you have one.

4. Enter your payment information and complete the transaction.

Once the transaction is complete, you will receive an email with the receipt of your digital pass.

The pass is only for day-use sites and valid at all sites in Deschutes National Forest. The campsite payments are separate. In high-traffic areas, the electronic purchase of a day pass does not guarantee a parking space.

Traditional means of payment, such as cash or check on site and season passes, are still available. If you have problems with electronic payments, contact Recreation.gov. All day-use sites in Deschutes National Forest are currently open. For site-specific recreation information, contact your local Deschutes National Forest office. The forestry offices serve the public remotely and are available by telephone.

  • Crescent Ranger District, Crescent, OR, 541-433-3200
  • Bend-Ft. Rock Ranger District, Bend, OR, 541-383-5300
  • Sisters Ranger Distract, Sisters, OR, 541-549-7700
  • Redmond Air Center, Redmond, OR, 541-504-7200

Additional information is available on the forest website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/deschutes/home


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