Overview of entrance requirements
All visitors MUST have
Annual Entrance - Park
Valid at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Crater Lake National Park, and Lava Beds National Monument for twelve months from the date of purchase, for unlimited visits to all four parks. It admits the pass holder and any accompanying persons in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle, or the pass holder and 3 others when entry is by other means (bicycle and foot). This pass covers entrance fees only and is not refundable and/or transferable.
In-person Purchase Locations
2024 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
Come experience the national parks! All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone (other fees may apply). Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates:
Purchase Your Entrance Pass OnlineYou can now purchase a Whiskeytown Weekly or Whiskeytown Multi-park Annual Pass at home from your computer or smart device or on-the-go with your smart phone.
Where to Buy Entrance Passes
Online at recreation.gov (local annual and seven day passes ONLY at this link)
Stores operated by our concessionaire (local annual and seven day passes ONLY at these locations)
Whiskeytown Visitor Center
Access Pass - FreeThe Access Pass is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities; documentation is required to obtain it. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or a document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency.The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a lifetime.The pass admits the passholder and all passengers in a non-commercial vehicle where per-vehicle fees are charged or the pass holder +3 adults for per-person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can be obtained in person at the park or by mailing a completed application form.The Access Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some expanded amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.The pass waives the standard entrance fee.
Lifetime Military Pass – FreeA free Lifetime Military Pass is available for Gold Star Families and US military veterans. parks, wildlife refuges, and forests.Who is eligible to get a free Military Lifetime Pass as a veteran?For purposes of this program, a veteran is identified as an individual who has served in the US Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, and is able to present one of the following forms of identification to get the Interagency Military Lifetime Pass when entering a national park:
Who is eligible to get a free Military Lifetime Pass as a member of a Gold Star Family?Gold Star Families are next of kin of a member of the US Armed Forces who lost his or her life in a “qualifying situation,” such as a war, an international terrorist attack, or a military operation outside of the United States while serving with the US Armed Forces. Eligibility requirements are in section 3.2 of Department of Defense Instruction 1348.36.
How does a member of a Gold Star Family get a free Military Lifetime Pass?Before visiting a national park site, Gold Star Family members must download and print a voucher to present to park staff, exchange for an Interagency Military Lifetime Pass, or place on the vehicle dashboard at unstaffed sites (representations of the voucher are prohibited; the physical voucher or pass must be present). By downloading and signing the voucher, Gold Star Family members are self-certifying that they meet the required criteria as identified in sections 3.2 and 3.3 of Department of Defense Instruction 1348.36.Download the Gold Star Family Voucher here: Your Free Pass (nps.gov)Gold Star Family members can obtain a free Military Lifetime Pass online through the USGS Online Store. There is a processing fee for passes ordered through the USGS Online Store
Annual 4th Grade Pass - FreeAvailable to US 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid Every Kid in a Park paper pass. Valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September-August).The pass admits the passholder and all passengers in a non-commercial vehicle where per-vehicle fees are charged or the pass holder +3 adults for per-person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free).The pass does not cover other recreation fees such as campground feesThe pass waives the standard entrance fee
Paper passes can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website and printing a temporary paper pass.Bring the paper pass to the Whiskeytown Visitor center and exchange in-person for a 4th grade pass. The 4th grader needs to be present. Digital version of the paper pass (such as on smart phones or tablets) will not be accepted to exchange for an Annual 4th Grade Pass.The pass is non-transferable.
Annual PassesNew in 2024, the Interagency Annual and Whiskeytown Annual Passes will have one signature line for a single passholder. An unexpired 2023 Annual Pass with two signature lines will continue to allow up to two motorcycles if both riders have signed the pass.
Whiskeytown NRA Multipark - 2024 Annual Pass
Cost $55 (U.S. Dollars)
America the Beautiful - 2024 Annual Pass
Cost $80 (U.S. Dollars)
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
America the Beautiful - 2024 Annual Pass for Active Duty Military
For active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173),
Frequently asked questions about the Annual Pass for Military
America the Beautiful - 2024 Annual Senior Pass
$20 (U.S. Dollars) Annual Pass
Academic Entrance Fee Wavier
Groups from bona fide educational institutions are eligible for an entrance fee waiver if they are coming to study park resources. Requests should be sent at least 2 weeks in advance of visit using the form below.Application for Academic Fee Waiver
Last updated: February 29, 2024