Multnomah Falls (I-84) Timed Use Permit

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Overview of the Multnomah Falls Timed Use Permit 

Multnomah Falls is one of the most iconic and visited natural recreation sites in the Pacific Northwest with more than 1.3 million visitors stopping by to take in the views. This is also one of the best places in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area to study geology exposed by floods. Fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, the flow over the falls varies but is usually highest during winter and spring. A timed-use permit is in place during the busiest months of visitation to alleviate overcrowding.  

A timed use permit is required to access Multnomah Falls between May 24, 2024 and September 2, 2024 (from Exit 31 off of Hwy. 84). The Multnomah Falls Timed Use Permit provides access for one private vehicle and for its occupants visiting the Multnomah Falls Lodge and area and is required when visiting Multnomah Falls via Exit 31. The permit check-in location is on the walkway between the parking lot and Multnomah Falls.     

Please note, a Timed Use Permit reservation does not guarantee parking. Visit the Oregon Department of Transportation TripCheck webpage to see updated images of the Exit 31 parking area for real-time capacity. (click I-84, then Multnomah Falls Parking).

When are Permits Required?

Timed Use Permits will be required between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily from May 24 through September 2, 2024 and are able to be reserved on on an hourly basis.   

Reservation Details and Permit Limits

Please note: Timed Use Permits will not be required on the Historic Columbia River Highway/U.S. 30 in 2024. However, this route is extremely congested in the warmer months and parking is limited at the small lot along the Historic Highway/U.S. 30 at Multnomah Falls. A concessionaire will be operating this lot on a first-come, first-served basis. There are six ADA parking spots at this lot for those with valid ADA placards. When the parking lot is full, vehicles will not be allowed to stop or wait for an open space.  

Riding an e-Bike to Multnomah Falls? E-bike parking is not allowed in the Multnomah Falls Plaza. Please plan to park your e-bike in another location off of the plaza. 

Tour Operator?

If you are a tour operator with questions please reach out to the US Forest Service at (541) 308-1700 for more information.

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