|A Timed Use Permit is required for visitors using the I-84 (Exit 31) parking lot daily between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., from May 26 through Sept. 4 this year. The purpose of the permit system is to help reduce congestion, increase safety and improve the overall visitor experience. |
Like last year, Timed Use Permits will be available online at Recreation.gov for a $2 transaction fee per vehicle. Permits will be released two weeks prior to the visit date. There will also be a limited amount of in-person, same-day permits (no fee) at locations such as the Gateway to the Gorge Visitor Center in Troutdale and the Cascade Locks Historical Museum.
Each permit lists a one-hour time slot and visitors may arrive anytime during that time and they can stay for as long as they would like. A timed use permit reservation does not guarantee parking.
Options for visiting Multnomah Falls without a permit:
-Leave your car at home and take public transit (Columbia Area Transit), including service from Gateway Transit Center in Portland, Cascade Locks, and Hood River.
-Modify the timing of your trip to before or after the permit times and peak visitation (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
-Plan your visit to Multnomah Falls prior to Memorial Day and after Labor Day, when there is less visitation demand.
Learn more: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/crgnsa/recarea/?recid=30026