The U.S. Forest Service is requiring advanced reservations to access the Multnomah Falls site. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov
Beginning Tuesday, July 20th, and running through September 19th visitors to Multnomah Falls will once again need to make advance reservations to get timed-entry tickets. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance and are available online at www.recreation.gov
The website charges a $1 reservation fee for the ticket. Timed reservations are required between the hours of 9:00am and 6:00pm. Advanced reservations allow access to Multnomah Falls but DO NOT guarantee parking. Once your advanced reservation is made, you have a one-hour window to arrive. And once you’re here, you can stay as long as you want. If you have a restaurant reservation in the Historic Lodge, you DO NOT need a reservation through www.recreation.gov
You can make a restaurant reservation by calling (503) 695-2376 (Ext. #1). You will be sent a text message or an email from the restaurant, and that can be used to enter the Multnomah Falls site in lieu of a timed-reservation through www.recreation.gov
However, the best way to visit Multnomah Falls, without a reservation or a ticket, is by taking transit. From Portland, visitors can catch the Columbia Gorge Express at the Gateway Transit Center in Troutdale. Or, visitors can park just off Interstate-84, at Bridal Veil (Exit #28) and take the Sasquatch Shuttle www.sasquatchshuttle.com
There is also a “hop-on/hop-off” open-air waterfall trolley that cruises the waterfall corridor. It originates with parking in Corbett, and is operated by Gray Line www.graylineofportland.com
The USFS is partnering with Capital Area Transit and the Oregon Department of Transportation, in an effort to control congestion at Multnomah Falls. Visitors should use the Multnomah Falls parking lot off Interstate-84 (Exit 31) to visit the site.