It is wild mushroom picking season in Oregon but before heading out to forage, take a moment to learn some nitty-gritty details that will make the experience more enjoyable.
You don’t need a permit to harvest, transport or process less than a gallon of mushrooms if you collect them on lands managed by BLM or Oregon State. In this case the mushrooms should only be for personal consumption and should not be sold, given away or even bartered. If you intend to harvest more than one gallon you must obtain either a "Recreational Use" or "Commercial Use" permits. To find out the regulations for mushroom picking affecting the area where you would like to harvest, contact the agency office nearest this area.
The rule of one gallon or less for your personal consumption is valid for Siuslaw National Forest. If collecting more than a gallon - even if only for personal use - a permit is required.
A permit is not required to collect less than one gallon in Oregon or less than five gallons in Washington in the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests.
Recreational or Commercial Use Mushroom Permits may be obtained at District Offices or Ranger Stations.
3106 Pierce Parkway Suite D
Springfield, OR 97477
Detroit Ranger District
44125 North Santiam Highway SE
Detroit, OR 97342
McKenzie River Ranger District
57600 McKenzie Hwy
McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413
Middle Fork Ranger District
46375 Highway 58
Westfir, OR 97492
Sweet Home Ranger District
4431 Highway 20
Sweet Home, OR 97386
A permit is required to harvest any amount of mushrooms for either personal or commercial use in the Deschutes, Fremont-Winema, Umpqua, and Willamette National Forests. A Free-Use Permit issued from any Ranger Districs of the previously mentioned National Forests is valid for all four of them. During mushroom picking season (January 1st through December 31st), this permit authorizes the collection of 2 gallons of mushrooms per day for 10 days for no charge. All wild mushrooms collected for personal use must be cut in half immediately after picking to remove their commercial value.
There are areas where mushroom picking is not allowed, such as wilderness, research natural, developed recreation, and other designated non-harvest areas. Commercial mushroom picking is not allowed in Crater Lake National Park, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, and Davis Late Successional Reserve.
Truffle and Matsutake regulations differ from other wild mushrooms. You should contact agencies or the land owners to find out the requirements.
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Disclaimer: This is not an official guide to wild mushroom foraging. Please do your own research before you pick up and consume any wild mushrooms.