Permit Policies

Camping and Day Use Policies
Ticketing Policies

BWCAW Permit FAQS
Middle Fork of the Salmon FAQS
Salmon River FAQS
Selway River FAQS
Snake River FAQS
Enchantment Permit Area FAQS
Cables on Half Dome FAQS
Desolation Wilderness FAQS
Denali National Park FAQS
Pack Creek FAQS

 

BWCAW Permit FAQS

 

Reserving Permits

You can reserve permits in advance for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) offered through the NRRS™:

The Lottery
The BWCAW lottery was initiated well over a decade ago in order to fairly distribute available quotas for entry dates and entry points where demand exceeds availability. The permit reservation process starts each year when lottery applications for permit reservations may be submitted through Recreation.gov beginning December 1. Applications submitted via Recreation.gov will be accepted through January 15. All applications submitted during this period will be processed by lottery (regardless of the order received).

 

FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED
On January 20, following the lottery, first-come, first-served reservation processing will begin via Recreation.gov. Phone reservations will be accepted beginning February 1.

Policies

Reservation Fee: A $6.00 non-refundable reservation fee is required for each reserved permit.

Overnight User Fee. When making advanced reservations, you will be given the option to pay for the entire group or charged a minimum of $32.00 for 2 adults. You will also have the option of changing the group size through Recreation.gov within a two day window prior to the entry date. 

Methods of Payment
Recreation.gov accepts several methods of payment to accommodate your needs, including VISA, Master Card, Discover/Novus and American Express. Please see the below table for additional methods of paying for NRRS™ reservations or contact customer service at 888-448-1474.

  Sales Channel
 Method of Payment
 Call Center
Internet
At the Site
 Bankcard Yes Yes Yes
Certified Checks
Bank Checks
Money Orders
No No
Yes
 Personal Checks
Travelers Checks
No No
No
 Cash No No Yes*
 Foreign Currency
No No
No

* Only Forest Service Offices can accept cash, in addition to credit card payments. All discount cards (Interagency Senior/Access Pass and BWCAW Seasonal Fee cards) must be presented at the time of permit pickup to receive a discount, otherwise a full user fee will be charged. Non-Forest Service permit pick-up locations only accept credit card payments and may charge up to a $2.00 fee to issue an overnight permit.

Recreation.gov billing information: If you paid by bank card, your monthly statement will contain a reservation billing under the name "Recreation Gov 888-448-1474 NY" Please make note of this. If you have questions, please call the toll free number listed above.

Change and Cancellation Policy:
If a BWCAW reservation is cancelled outside the 2-day window prior to your entry date, the user fees paid by the card holder will be fully refunded. If cancelled within the 2-day window, $32.00 for 2 adults is retained and additional payments will be refunded. The Forest Service will retain the entire payment if the group is a no show. A new confirmation letter will be generated each time a change is made. Adjustments to group sizes can be made through Recreation.gov or at the permit issuing station as needed. The $6.00 reservation fee is non-refundable. Cancellations to the reservations can be made via Recreation.gov or by calling the BWCAW Reservation Center. (Call 1-877-444-6777, March 1 - Oct 31 - 9:00 am - 11:00 pm, Nov 1 - Feb 28 - 9:00 - 9:00 pm)

Emergency closures: In event of an emergency closure, Recreation.gov will attempt to notify the group leader to offer alternate dates and entry points. If this is not possible, all fees paid will be refunded.

Transfer Policy: BWCAW reservations are not transferable.

Confirmation Policy: Payment is required to confirm all individual reservations. Confirmation letters are sent via email or by U.S. Postal Service.

Refunds: Refunds due to cancellation will be returned within 48 hours if paid by credit card. No refunds will be distributed for no-shows.

  • Reservation Fee: A $6.00 non-refundable reservation fee is required for each reserved permit.
  • Service Fee: Currently, no service fees apply.
  • Bankcard Purchases: Refunds for bankcard payments will be issued as a credit to your bankcard.

Discounts: Holders of the Interagency Senior and Access Passes (and the Golden Age and Access Passes) may receive a 50% discount on their user fee, not the entire group. All cards (Interagency Senior/Access Pass Owners, or Seasonal) must be presented at the time of permit pickup to receive a discount, otherwise the full fee will be charged.
Interagency Senior/Access Passes can be purchased at any National Forest Office for $10.00 for citizens who are age 62 or older. Access Pass cards are available for free. Proof of medically determined permanent disability or eligibility for receiving benefits under federal law must be shown.

Changes to the Policies and Procedures: The NRRS™ reserves the right when necessary to modify reservation policies. 


 

Middle Fork Salmon River Permit Reservation Policies

 

The National Recreation Reservation Service™ (NRRS™) is your one-stop reservation resource for the recreation facilities and activities offered by the US Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and USDA Forest Service

Applying for Lottery Control Season Permits
You can apply for Lottery Control Season permits in advance for the Middle Fork of the Salmon River through NRRS™ at Recreation.gov from December 1 through January 31. Only one application per person; applicant must be 18 years of age. Lottery Control Season: May 28 through September 3.

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River's permit lottery was initiated many years ago in order to fairly distribute available quotas for launch dates where demand exceeds availability.

Applications will only be accepted online via Recreation.gov. All applications submitted during the application period (Dec. 1-Jan. 31) will be processed by lottery (regardless of the order received). Applicants will receive an email after the lottery is run, and can check their profile for results.

All successful lottery reservations must be confirmed by March 15th.

Pre and Post Season Permit Reservations
For permit reservations outside the lottery control season (Sept. 4-May 27; 7 permits per day), a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED process begins on October 1, via Recreation.gov. Phone reservations through Recreation.gov will also be accepted for dates during the pre and post season at 1-877-444-6777.

Availability of Cancelled or Unconfirmed Reservations
Reservations that are cancelled or unconfirmed will be available via phone (1-877-444-6777) or internet at Recreation.gov. A person can only have one permit reservation during the lottery control season (May 28-Sept. 3).

Cancelled reservations will be posted at a random time within 24 hours of being cancelled. After March 15, permits for August 15 through September 15 will not be reissued. Any openings for these permit dates will not be filled as part of the Chinook salmon mitigation measures being implemented on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Unconfirmed Lottery Permits will be released at an undisclosed time beginning March 16.

Policies

Application/Reservation Fee: A $6.00 non-refundable application fee is required for each lottery application submission and for each reserved permit. Only one lottery application per person per river.

Recreation User Fee: When making advanced reservations or confirming your lottery reservation, you will need to enter and pay for at least 1 person and 1 day in the trip details to confirm reservation. You may change the group size, number of days and other trip details through Recreation.gov at any time prior to the entry date. 

Methods of Payment: Recreation.gov accepts several methods of payment to accommodate your needs, including VISA, Master Card, Discover/Novus and American Express. Recreation.gov billing information: Your payment by bank card will show up on your monthly statement and will contain a reservation billing under the name "Recreation Gov 888-448-1474 NY" Please make note of this. If you have questions, please call the toll free number listed above.

CANCELLATION POLICY & PENALTY: 
Reservations must be cancelled using the recreation.gov website or by calling 1-888-448-1474.

Cancellations must be made at least 21 days prior to the launch date.

If cancelled within the 21 day period, recreation user fees will be refunded, however, customer will be restricted from reserving any date on this river for the next 3 years and cannot participate in this river`s Lottery for the next 3 years. EXCEPTIONS to the 21-day requirement (no penalty):

  • If the reservation is made within the 21-day window;
  • If the water level is above 5.0 feet on the river gauge at Middle Fork Lodge;
  • If the road to Boundary Creek is not open;
  • Launch reservations of Aug. 15-Sept. 15 -- these reservations only have a 1-day cancellation requirement (since these reservations will not be reissued if cancelled after March 15th).

Change Policy
A new confirmation letter will be generated each time a change is made.There is a link in this confirmation email to the river`s website, where you can access detailed information, rules and regulations specific to your trip.

Adjustments to trip details can be made at any time through recreation.gov or at the permit issuing station if needed.

EMERGENCY CLOSURE: In event of an emergency closure, Recreation.gov will attempt to notify the group leader to offer alternate dates and entry points. If this is not possible, all fees paid will be refunded.

TRANSFER POLICY: Middle Fork Salmon River reservations are not transferable.

CONFIRMATION POLICY: All successful lottery reservations must be confirmed by March 15. Confirmation includes entering the required trip details; take-out date, number of people, number of days, and payment of fees - a minimum of 1 person and 1 day must be entered in the trip details with payment of fees to confirm reservation. Changes may be made at any time prior to the launch date.

REFUNDS POLICY: If you need to cancel your launch reservation after payment of fees has been made, payments will be refunded back to your credit card automatically when a cancellation is submitted through recreation.gov, less the $6.00 application/reservation fee.

NO-SHOW POLICY & PENALTY: If you do not show up for your launch date, any and all prepaid fees will not be refunded; no-show = no refund. Failure to submit a cancellation of your reservation prior to your scheduled launch date categorizes you as a no-show. Customer will be restricted from reserving any date on this river for the next 3 years and cannot participate in this river`s Lottery for the next 3 years.

SERVICE FEE: Currently, no service fees apply.

BANKCARD PURCHASES: Refunds for bankcard payments will be issued as a credit to your bankcard.

DISCOUNTS: Holders of the Interagency Senior and Access Passes (and the Golden Age and Access Passes) may receive a 50% discount on their user fee, not the entire group. All cards (Interagency Senior/Access Pass Owners, or Seasonal) must be presented at the time of permit pickup to receive a discount, otherwise the full fee will be charged. Interagency Senior/Access Passes can be purchased at any National Forest Office for $10.00 for citizens who are age 62 or older. Access Pass cards are available for free. Proof of medically determined permanent disability or eligibility for receiving benefits under federal law must be shown.
The Salmon Rivers Season Pass can be purchased at http://www.fs.fed.us/sc/recreation for $40.00. This pass covers all fees for the pass owner for one season, regardless of number of trips.

Changes to the Policies and Procedures: The NRRS™ reserves the right when necessary to modify reservation policies. 


 

Salmon River Permit Reservation Policies

 

The National Recreation Reservation Service™ (NRRS™) is your one-stop reservation resource for the recreation facilities and activities offered by the US Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and USDA Forest Service.

Applying for Lottery Control Season Permits
The Salmon River permit lottery was initiated several years ago in order to fairly distribute available quotas for entry dates where demand exceeds availability during the high use season of June 20 through September 7. The permit reservation process starts each year when lottery applications for permit reservations may be submitted through Recreation.gov beginning December 1. Applications will only be accepted online via Recreation.gov through January 31.All applications submitted during this period will be processed by lottery (regardless of the order received). Reservations can be requested after March 15th for any remaining open launch dates of the Controlled season through Recreation.gov or by calling Recreation.gov call center.

Applications will only be accepted online via Recreation.gov. All applications submitted during the application period (Dec. 1-Jan. 31) will be processed by lottery (regardless of the order received). Applicants will receive an email after the lottery is run, and can check their profile for results.

All successful lottery reservations must be confirmed by March 15th.

Pre and Post Season Permit Reservations
For permit reservations outside the lottery control season (Sept. 8-June 19; unlimited permits), you can make a reservation beginning October 1, via Recreation.gov. Phone reservations through Recreation.gov will also be accepted for dates during the pre and post season at 1-877-444-6777.

Availability of Cancelled or Unconfirmed Reservations
Reservations that are cancelled or unconfirmed will be available via phone (1-877-444-6777) or internet at Recreation.gov. A person can only have one permit reservation during the lottery control season (June 20-Sept. 7).

Cancelled reservations will be posted at a random time within 24 hours of being cancelled.

Unconfirmed Lottery Permits will be released at an undisclosed time beginning March 16th.

Policies

Application/Reservation Fee:  A $6.00 non-refundable application fee is required for each lottery application submission and for each reserved permit.Only one application per person per river.

Recreation User Fee: When making advanced reservations or confirming your lottery reservation, you will need to enter and pay for at least 1 person and 1 day in the trip details to confirm reservation.. You may change the group size, number of days, and other trip details through Recreation.gov at any time prior to the entry date.

Methods of Payment
Recreation.gov accepts several methods of payment to accommodate your needs, including VISA, Master Card, Discover/Novus and American Express. Recreation.gov billing information: Your payment by bank card will show up on your monthly statement and will contain a reservation billing under the name "Recreation Gov 888-448-1474 NY" Please make note of this. If you have questions, please call the toll free number listed above.

CANCELLATION POLICY & PENALTY:
Reservations must be cancelled using the recreation.gov website or by calling 1-888-448-1474.

Cancellations must be made at least 21 days prior to the launch date.

If cancelled within the 21 day period, recreation user fees will be refunded, however, customer will be restricted from reserving any date on this river for the next 3 years and cannot participate in this river`s Lottery for the next 3 years. EXCEPTIONS to the 21-day requirement (no penalty):

  • If the reservation is made within the 21-day window;
  • If the water level is above 5.0 feet on the river gauge at Corn Creek.

Change Policy
A new confirmation letter will be generated each time a change is made.There is a link in this confirmation email to the river`s website, where you can access detailed information, rules and regulations specific to your trip.

Adjustments to trip details can be made at any time through recreation.gov or at the permit issuing station if needed.

EMERGENCY CLOSURE: In event of an emergency closure, Recreation.gov will attempt to notify the group leader to offer alternate available dates and entry points. If this is not possible, all fees paid will be refunded.

TRANSFER POLICY: Salmon River reservations are not transferable.

CONFIRMATION POLICY: All successful lottery reservations must be confirmed by March 15. Confirmation includes entering the required trip details; take-out date, number of people, number of days, and payment of fees - a minimum of 1 person and 1 day must be entered in the trip details with payment of fees to confirm reservation. Changes may be made at any time prior to the launch date.

REFUND POLICY: If you need to cancel your launch reservation after payment of fees has been made, payments will be refunded back to your credit card automatically when a cancellation is submitted through recreation.gov, less the $6.00 application/reservation fee.

NO-SHOW POLICY: If you do not show up for your launch date, any fees paid in advance will not be refunded. Failure to submit a cancellation of your reservation prior to your scheduled launch date categorizes you as a no-show.

NO-SHOW PENALTY: no show - no refund. Customer will be restricted from participating in the Lottery for the next 3 years.

SERVICE FEE: Currently, no service fees apply.

BANKCARD PURCHASES: Refunds for bankcard payments will be issued as a credit to your bankcard.

DISCOUNTS: Holders of the Interagency Senior and Access Passes (and the Golden Age and Access Passes) may receive a 50% discount on their user fee, not the entire group. All cards (Interagency Senior/Access Pass Owners, or Seasonal) must be presented at the time of permit pickup to receive a discount, otherwise the full fee will be charged. Interagency Senior/Access Passes can be purchased at any National Forest Office for $10.00 for citizens who are age 62 or older. Access Pass cards are available for free. Proof of medically determined permanent disability or eligibility for receiving benefits under federal law must be shown. The Salmon Rivers Season Pass can be purchased at http://www.fs.fed.us/sc/recreation For $40.00. This pass covers all fees for the pass owner for one season, regardless of number of trips.

 

Changes to the Policies and Procedures: The NRRS™ reserves the right when necessary to modify reservation policies. 


 

Selway River Permit Reservation Policies

 

The National Recreation Reservation Service™ (NRRS™) is your one-stop reservation resource for the recreation facilities and activities offered by the US Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and USDA Forest Service.

Applying for Lottery Control Season Permits
You can apply for Lottery Control Season permits in advance for the Selway River through NRRS™ at Recreation.gov from December 1 through January 31. Only one application per person; applicant must be 18 years of age. Lottery Control Season: May 15 through July 31.

The Selway River's permit lottery was initiated many years ago in order to fairly distribute available quotas for dates where demand exceeds availability.

Applications will only be accepted online via Recreation.gov. All applications submitted during the application period (Dec. 1-Jan. 31) will be processed by lottery (regardless of the order received). Applicants will receive an email after the lottery is run, and can check their profile for results.

All successful lottery reservations must be confirmed by March 15th.

Pre and Post Season Permit Reservations
Reservations and permits are not required outside of the control period for private non-commercial floaters. Pre-season boaters must be off the river before May 15.

Availability of Cancelled or Unconfirmed Reservations
Reservations that are cancelled or unconfirmed will be available via phone or internet at Recreation.gov. A person can only have one permit reservation during the lottery control season (May 15-July 31).

Cancelled reservations will be released beginning March 16, and will be posted at a random time within 24 hours of being cancelled.

Unconfirmed Lottery Permits will be released at an undisclosed time beginning March 16.

Policies:

APPLICATION/RESERVATION FEE: A $6.00 non-refundable application fee is required for each lottery application submission and for each reserved permit. Only one lottery application per person per river.

Methods of payment:

Recreation.gov accepts several methods of payment to accommodate your needs, including VISA, Master Card, Discover/Novus and American Express. Recreation.gov billing information: Your payment by bank card will show up on your monthly statement and will contain a reservation billing under the name "Recreation Gov 888-448-1474 NY" Please make note of this. If you have questions, please call the toll free number listed above.

CANCELLATION POLICY & PENALTY:
Reservations must be cancelled using the recreation.gov website or by calling 1-888-448-1474.

If a Selway reservation is cancelled outside the 15-day window prior to your entry date, the permit holder will not be penalized. If cancelled within the 15-day window or if no showed, the reservation/permit holder will not be allowed to participate in the next year's lottery.

If you are unable to use your Selway permit, you may cancel anytime up to 15 days before your launch date. Cancellations should be made as soon as possible, but have to be received no later than 15 days prior to your launch date so as not to trigger a "no show" penalty. There will be no exceptions to the 15 day cancellation requirements during normal water flows. When water levels exceed 5.0 feet at the river gauge at the Paradise launch site, or if the road is not open, the time requirements may be waived.

No Show: Failure to provide timely cancellation will trigger a "no show" penalty. This restricts you from holding a permit on this river for one year.

Change Policy
A new confirmation letter will be generated each time a change is made.There is a link in this confirmation email to the river's website, where you can access detailed information, rules and regulations specific to your trip.

Adjustments to trip details can be made at any time through recreation.gov or at the permit issuing station

EMERGENCY CLOSURE: In event of an emergency closure, Recreation.gov will attempt to notify the group leader.

TRANSFER POLICY: Selway River reservations are NOT transferable.

CONFIRMATION POLICY: All launch reservations made prior to February 28th must be confirmed by March 15.

SERVICE FEE:Currently, no service fees apply.

Bankcard Purchase: Refunds for bankcard payments will be issued as a credit to your bankcard.

 

Changes to the Policies and Procedures: The NRRS™ reserves the right when necessary to modify reservation policies. 


 

Wild Section Snake River Permit Reservation Policies

 

Reserving permits:
You can reserve permits in advance for the wild section of the Snake River through the NRRS™:

Control Season Lottery Permits
The wild section of the Snake River permit lottery was initiated 30 years ago in order to fairly distribute available quotas for entry dates where demand exceeds availability during the high use season of the Friday preceding Memorial Day through September 10. The permit reservation process starts each year when lottery applications for permit reservations may be submitted through Recreation.gov beginning December 1. Applications will only be accepted online via Recreation.gov through January 31. All applications submitted during this period will be processed by lottery (regardless of the order received).

  • Designated Non-motorized Periods: Wild River non-motorized periods have been established for the section between Wild Sheep Rapids and the upper landing at Kirkwood Historic Ranch. These periods are Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday beginning the first Monday in June and continuing every other week through the end of August. If the July 4th holiday falls in a non-motorized period, the non-motorized period will be the following week and every other week thereafter.

Pre and Post Season Reservations
Self issue permits are required outside of the control period for private non-commercial floaters. These launch permits must be picked up at the launch site.

Policies:
Application/Reservation Fee: A $6.00 non-refundable application fee is required for each lottery application submission and for each reserved permit. Currently, no service fees apply.

Methods of payment:
Recreation.gov accepts several methods of payment to accommodate your needs, including VISA, Master Card, Discover/Novus and American Express. Recreation.gov billing information: Your payment by bank card will show up on your monthly statement and will contain a reservation billing under the name "Recreation Gov 888-448-1474 NY" Please make note of this. If you have questions, please call the toll free number listed above.

Change and Cancellation policy:
If a wild section of the Snake reservation is cancelled outside the 15-day window prior to your entry date, the permit holder will not be penalized. If cancelled within the 15-day window or if no showed, the reservation/permit holder will not be allowed to participate in the next year's lottery. A new confirmation letter will be generated each time a change is made. Adjustments to group sizes can be made through Recreation.gov or at the permit issuing station as needed. The $6.00 application/reservation fee is non-refundable. Cancellations to the reservations can be made via Recreation.gov. Persons can check on the availability of cancelled launches by visiting the recreation.gov website or by calling 1-877-345-6777.
The Snake River will no longer maintain a call in waiting list after the Lottery has been completed and reservations have been allocated starting from 2010 reservation season.

Emergency closure: In event of an emergency closure, Recreation.gov will attempt to notify the group leader to offer alternate dates if available. If this is not possible, all fees paid will be refunded.

Transfer policy: The wild section of the Snake River reservations are not transferable.

Confirmation policy: All launch reservations made prior to February 28th must be confirmed by March 16.

Service Fee: Currently, no service fees apply.

Bankcard Purchases: Refunds for bankcard payments will be issued as a credit to your bankcard.

Changes to the Policies and Procedures: The NRRS™ reserves the right when necessary to modify reservation policies. 


 

Enchantment Permit Area

Q. How can I reserve permits?
A.The Enchantment Permit system was initiated nearly thirty ago, in order to fairly distribute the limited number of permits available under quotas established by the Alpine Lakes Area Land Management Plan of 1981. These permits are required for all overnight use in the Enchantment Permit Area portion of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness between June 15th and October 15th. You can reserve permits in advance for the Enchantment Permit Area through the NRRS™ in the following ways:

The Lottery
The permit reservation process starts for the coming summer when lottery applications for permit reservations are accepted by Recreation.gov beginning February 15th. Applications submitted via Recreation.gov will be accepted through March 2nd. All applications submitted during this period will be randomly processed by lottery (regardless of the order received). Nearly 75% of all available permits for the five Permit Zones that make up the Enchantment Permit Area are distributed through this lottery.

Reservations On A First-Come, First-Served Basis
On April 1, following completion of the lottery confirmation process, first-come, first-served reservation processing will begin via Recreation.gov. Phone reservations will also be accepted beginning April 1. Any portion of the permit quota available to lottery applicants that were not issued will be available for purchase at this time. Also, any cancellations made throughout the season will be made available on an ongoing basis.

Day of Entry "Walk-in" Permits
Additional permits are also available during the June 15 - October 15 season each morning at the Wenatchee River Ranger Station, at 7:45AM, Monday-Saturday. These permits are not reservable, and are very limited in number. They are good only for entry on the same day that they are issued.
Check our website at http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/wenatchee/passes/enchantments/ Or call the Wenatchee River Ranger Station at 509-548-2550 for more information.

Q. What are the various fees that are associated with reserved permits?
A. A $6.00 non-refundable application fee is required for each lottery application or reserved permit. As well, to confirm a reservation, you must make full payment of the permit fee, charged at the rate of $5.00 per person per day (per DAY, not per night.) Once a reservation is confirmed, you may not change the entrance date or overnight camping zone of that permit.

Q. What are my methods of payment?
A. Recreation.gov accepts several methods of payment to accommodate your needs, including VISA, Master Card, Discover/Novus and American Express. Please see the below table for additional methods of paying for NRRS™ reservations or contact customer service at 1-877-553-6777.

  Sales Channel
 Method of Payment
 Call Center
Internet
At the Site
 Bankcard Yes Yes Yes
Certified Checks
Bank Checks
Money Orders
No No
 Yes
 Personal Checks
No No
No
Travelers Checks
No
No No
 Cash No No Yes*
 Foreign Currency
No No
No

* Only Forest Service Offices can accept cash and checks, in addition to credit card payments.

Q. How will the billing information appear on my statements?
A. Recreation.gov billing information: If you paid by bank card, your monthly statement will contain a reservation billing under the name "Recreation Gov 888-448-1474 NY" Please make note of this. If you have questions, please call the toll free number listed above.

Q. How can I make a change to a reservation?
A. Changes to a reservation can be made via Recreation.gov or by calling the NRRS reservation line at 1-877-444-6777 as needed. A new confirmation letter will be generated each time a change is made.

  • Once a Permit Reservation is confirmed, no changes may be made to the zone for which the permit is valid.
  • Once a Permit Reservation is confirmed, no changes may be made to the entry date.
  • 8 days or more prior to the entry date, days may be added to the trip by changing the exit date at the rate of $5/person/day.
  • 8 days or more prior to the entry date, groups size may be increased, up to the limit of 8 total persons per group, at the rate of $5/person/day.
  • No changes will be allowed within 7 days of the trip's start.

Q. What is the cancellation policy?
A.
 Awarded trips may be cancelled with a refund of the permit fee but with a Cancellation Fee of $10.00 up to 22 days before the trip.  There is no refund of the permit fee if the trip is cancelled within 21 days of the trip start date. If you are unable to use your permit, please take the time to cancel your reservation through Recreation.Gov or the NRRS reservation line, even when a refund is not due, so that another group will have a chance to book a permit. Cancellations to a reservation can be made via Recreation.gov or by calling the NRRS reservation line at 1-877-444-6777.

Q. What if the permit facility has an emergency closure?
A. In event of an emergency closure, Recreation.gov will attempt to notify the group leader to offer alternate dates and entry points. If this is not possible, all permit fees paid will be refunded.  

Q. Am I able to transfer my reservations to someone else?
A. Permit Reservations and Permits are not transferable.

Q. What is the confirmation policy?
A.
The lottery application process is now a two step process. A confirmation of acceptance is required after an applicant received a successful lottery notice.  With this process, when you apply for a permit you will need to provide an entry date, an exit date, and total number of persons in your party. All applicants will be notified about the lottery results after March 2nd. Successful applicants must confirm acceptance of their permit reservation, provide additional information about party size and length of stay, and pay for the permit. This is when you will be charged the $5.00/person/day fee. This use fee finances on-the-ground administration and management of the Enchantment Permit Area. Important: You must confirm and pay for your permit NO LATER than 11:59pm March 31st, 2013. Any unconfirmed reservations will be made publically available through the advance reservation system on recreation.gov on April 1, 2013.  

Q. What if I require a refund?
A.Refunds due to cancellations made more than 21 days prior to date of departure will be returned within 48 hours if paid by credit card. No refunds will be distributed for cancellations within 21 days of departure, or no-shows.
Refunds for bankcard payments will be issued as a credit to your bankcard.

Q. What are the discounts available to me?
A.  There are no discounts that can be applied to the Enchantment Area Permits.


 

Cables on Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA

Permit Fee: $8.00 per person

Application Fee:
• Web: $4.50
• Call Center: $6.50

Cancellations and Refunds: Only the $8 per person permit fee is refundable AND only if the permit is cancelled more than two days before the permit date. 

Once you have printed your permit, it cannot be cancelled and no refunds can be made.

Changes to lottery applications may be made only during the lottery application period,and only by calling Recreation.gov at 888-448-1474.

Maximum group size per permit: 6 people

Lottery Limitation: A trip leader may only submit one application.  Multiple applications will be disqualified. The trip leader and/or alternate leader must be present on the day of the hike.

Permits for the Cables on Half Dome are not transferrable. Any resale or auction of permits will make the permit/contract null and void.

For more detailed information please go to http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hdpermits.htm


 

 

Desolation Wilderness

 

Reserving Permits:
You can reserve Desolation Wilderness overnight permits up to 6 months in advance of your planned date of entry through the NRRS.

Reservation Fee:
A $6.00 non-refundable reservation fee is required for each overnight permit reserved.

Overnight Use Fee:
A per person use fee is charged for your group when making a reservation for a Desolation Wilderness Overnight Permit. The maximum fee charged per permit is $100, not including the reservation fee.

Person Type
Use Fee

Adult (over 12 years in age)

$5 for the 1st night; $10 for 2-14 nights

Child (12 years and younger)

Free

Desolation Annual Pass Holder

Free

Change Fee:
A $5 change fee, in addition to the per person permit fee, will be charged for change the number of people to your group.

Annual Fee Cards:
An annual pass for Desolation Wilderness Overnight Permit fees may be purchased for $20.00 in person at Forest Service permitting offices. The Annual Pass fulfills the overnight user fee requirements for one calendar year from date of purchase but the holder will still need to obtain a permit and pay the $6.00 reservation fee if reserved in advance. America the Beautiful (ATB) Interagency Passes, including Senior, Access and Annual Pass, do not apply to Desolation Wilderness Overnight Permits

Parking:
Pyramid Creek and Eagle Falls Day Use Areas are subject to a separate $5 day use fee, which is waived for overnight permit holders. Overnight reservations that have these trailheads as their entry or exit trailhead will receive a parking pass as part of their permit. You must print the parking pass and place it on the dash of your vehicle if parking in these popular day use areas. You may be fined if your pass is not properly displayed.

Methods of payment:

  Sales Channel
 Method of Payment
 Call Center
Internet
At the Site
 Bankcard Yes Yes Yes
Certified Checks
Bank Checks
Money Orders
;No No
Yes
 Personal Checks
No No
No
Travelers Checks
No
No No
 Cash No No Yes*
 Foreign Currency
No No
No

Billing information:
Recreation.gov billing information: If you paid by bank card, your monthly statement will contain a reservation billing under the name "Recreation Gov 888-448-1474 NY" Please make note of this. If you have questions, please call the toll free number listed above.

Change and Cancellation policy:
If you cancel your reservation at least 16 days prior to your entry date, all use fees collected will be refunded. The $6.00 reservation fee is non-refundable for all reservations. If you cancel your reservation 15 days or less prior to the entry date, none of the fees will be refunded.

No Show Policy:
If you do not cancel and decide not to use your reservation, none of the fees will be refundable. Please cancel your reservation if you are unable to use it as this opens quota space for others.

Change Policy:

  • Changes to your permit are allowed if they are made greater than 14 days before your date of entry. Once your permit is available to print, no changes will be allowed (refer to cancellation policy).
  • Change in the number of people with same dates and destination zone: log onto the website or contact the call center to make changes. A $5.00 change fee will apply (if you are increasing your party size, additional use fees will apply).
  • Changing the date of entry, the number of days, or the first night destination zone: cancel your current permit and reserve a new permit. A $6.00 reservation fee will apply to the new permit reservation.

Emergency closures:
In the event of an emergency closure, Recreation.gov will make every attempt to contact the group leader and offer alternate dates and/or destination zones if available. If this is not possible, then all fees will be refunded.


 

Denali National Park

 

Road Lottery Policy and Fee Information

Background on the Denali Road Lottery
Since the construction of the Parks Highway in 1972, access to the interior of the park has mainly limited to bus service. Beginning in the early 70's, anyone who wanted to could drive the road after the bus system shut down for the season, which at that time was right after Labor Day. In those early years, only a few intrepid souls braved the poor roads to get here and drive into the park. As the years went by, the popularity of this opportunity to visit the park in late autumn grew. In 1989's the "open to all comers" offer became unmanageable, when the park received an unprecedented number of visitors one weekend. During one day over 1600 vehicles drove the road. Wildlife was injured, there was bumper to bumper traffic, problems with pets and wildlife, safety concerns because of low visibility created by dust, etc.. In 1990, park management implemented a lottery people could enter for a chance to drive the road over a period of four days after the bus season ended.

Entering the Lottery
Entries are accepted from June 1st to June 30th. All entries must be completed by June 30th to be included in the drawing. Winners are selected and notified on July 15th. Only one entry per person is allowed and there is a fee of $10 per entry.

Fees:
A non-refundable lottery entry fee of $10 will be charged to each applicant. Those selected for a Road Lottery Permit will be charged an additional $25 road travel permit fee at the time of the lottery drawing. A $10.00 per person park entrance fee is payable when you arrive to pick up the Road Lottery Permit at the Wilderness Access Center. If you already hold an Interagency Federal Recreation Pass, your park entrance fee will be waived. See http:// www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm for more info.

Methods of payment:

  Sales Channel
 Method of Payment
 Call Center
Internet
At the Site
 Credit Card
N/A Yes Yes
Certified Checks
N/A No
Yes
Bank Checks
N/A No
Yes
Travelers Checks
N/A No Yes
Money Orders
N/A No
Yes
 Cash N/A No Yes
 Personal Checks
N/A No No
 Foreign Currency
N/A No
No

 

Billing information:
Recreation.gov billing information: If you paid by credit card, your monthly statement will contain a reservation billing under the name "Recreation Gov 888-448-1474 NY" Please make note of this. If you have questions, please call the toll free number listed above.

Cancellation policy:
The $10 per Lottery Application entry fee is not refundable.
If the park is unable to open the road past the Teklanika Rest Area (Mile 30) before 2pm, the $25 Road Lottery permit fee will be refunded. In no other circumstances will there be refunds. If you transfer your permit (see below), we will not refund the $25 Road Lottery permit fee and charge the new person.

Transfer policy:
If you are not able to use the permit, you can transfer it to someone else. Please provide the person you are transferring the permit to a written transfer letter that includes your name, date for which you were selected and the name of the person that will be using the permit.


 

Pack Creek, AK

Use Fee:

A permit is required to visit Pack Creek from June 1 until September 10 and allows you to visit from 9 am until 9 pm. You can reserve a Pack Creek Day Use Permit anytime after February 1 of the current year. A per person per day use fee is charged for your group when making a reservation. These fees are used to finance on-the-ground management at Pack Creek and the reservation system.

Shoulder Season Peak Season
June 1 through July 4
and
Aug. 26 through Sept. 10
July 5 through Aug .25
Shoulder Season Fees Peak Season Fees
Adult (16 to 61): $20 Adult (16 to 61): $50
Junior (under 16): $10 Junior (under 16): $25
Senior (over 61): $10 Senior (over 61): $25

Changes and Cancellations Policy:

Peak Season
(July 5- Aug. 25)
Shoulder Season
(June 1-July 4 and Aug. 26-Sept 10)
Cancellations
If you cancel your reservation at least 16 days prior to your entry date, a $10 cancellation fee will be charged, and the remainder of the use fee will be refunded.

If you cancel your reservation 15 days or less prior to the entry date, none of the fees will be refunded
You may cancel your reservation on the web or through the call center anytime before the day of your reservation. Your use fee will be refunded minus a $10 cancellation fee.
Weather Refunds
There are no refunds for bad weather even if you are unable to get to the site. There is no way to determine what weather conditions meet a "bad weather" criterion. Some conditions may be good enough for a plane to get in but not a boat, and vice versa. During the shoulder season, if you haven`t cancelled your reservation before the day of the reservation and you don`t use your permit, contact the Admiralty National Monument at 907-586-8800. A $10 cancellation fee will be charged and the remainder of the use fee will be refunded.
No-Show Policy
If you do not cancel and decide not to use your reservation, none of the fees will be refundable. Please take the time to cancel your reservation through Recreation.Gov or the call center, even when a refund is not due, so that another group will have a chance to book a permit. During the shoulder season, if you haven`t cancelled your reservation before the day of the reservation and you don`t use your permit, contact the Admiralty National Monument at 907-586-8800. A $10 cancellation fee will be charged and the remainder of the use fee will be refunded.
Change Policy
Changes to your permit are allowed if they are made greater than 14 days before your date of entry and you have not printed your permit. Once you have printed your permit (no matter how far in advance), no changes will be allowed (refer to cancellation policy).

Change in the number of people with same dates: You may make changes through the website or the call center. A $10.00 change fee will apply (if you are increasing your party size or changing from junior or senior to adult, additional use fees will apply).

Changing the date of entry: Cancel your current reservation ($10 cancellation fee applies) and book a new reservation if space is available. Use fee and the Cancellation policy will apply to the new reservation.
Changes are allowed at any time for the shoulder season, but a $10 change fee will be charged. If you are unsure of your plans, you do not need to make a reservation for use during the shoulder season, but can pay on site when you arrive.