The U.S. Forest Service has made it possible to buy recreation day passes online and print them out on a home computer.
Called an ePass, the document is available at www.discovernw.org.
To buy the ePass, the user includes the date and vehicle to be driven, then prints out the document. The ePass is honored for one day at all Forest Service recreation day-use sites in Washington and Oregon where “Recreation Pass required” signs are posted.
The ePass is valid until midnight of the date printed on the pass. The ePass is not practical for open-topped vehicles or motorcycles because of potential damage by weather or getting stolen.
After buying an ePass, recreationists have two days to print the pass before it expires. This allowed people to use their mobile devices to buy the pass and then have time to access a print.