Fees Waived for National Trails Day and Get Outdoors Day

Granny Viewpoint above Hells Canyon

The public may visit many federal recreation day-use sites on two Saturdays in June without paying a fee. These fee waivers acknowledge National Trails Day, June 6, and National Get Outdoors Day, June 13. These are two of six such fee-free days offered by the Pacific Northwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service during 2015.

The first fee-free day encourages people to hike on their National Forest trails Saturday, June 6, and to volunteer to help keep them maintained and enjoyable for everyone – visit www.americanhiking.org/ntd-events for volunteer opportunities.

On Saturday, June 13, Americans are urged to get outdoors and enjoy the wonderful legacy of their public lands. See www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org for events and opportunities.

In addition to National Forest sites, the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker City will also offer admission for free on June 6, as part of National Trails Day.

The fee waiver applies to day-use fees at U.S. Forest Service recreation sites in Oregon and Washington. This includes many picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads and visitor centers. Concession operations will continue to charge fees unless the permit holder wishes to participate. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions, or other permits will not be waived. Federal agencies are authorized to charge standard amenity fees, commonly known as day-use fees, at recreation sites in the Northwest. Most of those fees help maintain the sites on which the fees are collected.

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