Current Lotteries
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  • The Firefly Event lottery is open from 12 P.M. ET April 29 through 8 P.M. ET May 2, 2016


Annual Lottery Descriptions and Dates
Lottery NameStart Date           End Date            Post  Lottery             
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) Launch PermitsMid-DecemberMid-JanuaryThe lottery is for high-season (May through September) entry points on Fall Lake (entry points D and 24) and Moose Lake (entry points F, G and 25). Recreation.gov posts results to the applicant's personal profile about two weeks after the lottery closes. Remaining permits for these five entry points along with other BWCAW entry points will be available first-come, first-served on Recreation.gov. Visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness permit page for more details.
Denali National Park Road LotteryMay 1May 30The lottery is for the mid-September event. Recreation.gov posts results to the applicant's personal profile about two weeks after the lottery closes. Visit the Denali National Park Road Lottery permit page for more details.
Desolation Gray Section of the Green River Launch PermitsDecember 1January 31The lottery is for mid-May through mid-August permits. Recreation.gov posts results to the applicant's personal profile about two weeks after the lottery closes. Visit the Desolation Gray permit page for more details.
Dinosaur National Monument - Green and Yampa and Split Mountain River Launch PermitsDecember 1January 31The lottery is for high-use season dates. Recreation.gov posts results to the applicant's personal profile about two weeks after the lottery closes.
Green River high-use season dates are the second Monday in May through the second Friday in September.
Yampa River high-use season dates are the second Monday in May through the second Saturday in July.
Split Mountain high-use season dates are the second Monday in May through the second Friday in September.
Visit the Dinosaur Green and Yampa River or Split Mountain permit pages for more details.
Enchantment Hiking PermitsFebruary 15March 2The lottery is for June 15 through October 15 permit dates. Recreation.gov posts results to the applicant's personal profile about two weeks after the lottery closes. Visit the Enchantment permit page for more details.
Firefly EventApril 29May 2The lottery is for May 31 through June 7 dates. Recreation.gov posts results to the applicant's personal profile about two weeks after the lottery closes. Visit the Firefly Event permit page for more details.
Middle Fork of the Salmon River Launch PermitsDecember 1January 31The lottery is for May 28 through September 3 dates. Recreation.gov posts results to the applicant's personal profile about two weeks after the lottery closes. Visit the Middle Fork of the Salmon River permit page for more details.
Mount Whitney Hiking PermitsFebruary 1March 15The lottery is for backpacking trips on the Mount Whitney trail or day hikes in the Mount Whitney Zone for hikes occurring May 1 through November 1. Recreation.gov posts results to the applicant's personal profile about two weeks after the lottery closes. Winners must accept dates and pay the reservation fee between April 1 and April 30. Visit the Mount Whitney Lottery permit page and the application Tip Sheet for more details.
National Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyMid-October The lottery is for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the National Mall the first week of December. Recreation.gov posts results to the applicant's personal profile in late October-early November. Visit thenationaltree.org for details. 
Snake River Hells Canyon Float Boat Launch PermitsDecember 1January 31The lottery is for permits from the Friday before Memorial Day through September 10 each year. Recreation.gov posts results to the applicant's personal profile about two weeks after the lottery closes. Visit the Snake River Hells Canyon permit page and the application Tip Sheet for more details.
Selway River Launch PermitsDecember 1January 31The lottery is for launches from May 15 to July 31. Recreation.gov posts results to the applicant's personal profile about two weeks after the lottery closes. Recreation.gov releases cancelled permits randomly within 24 hours of a cancellation. Visit the Selway River Launch permit page for more details.
Salmon River-Wild Section Launch PermitsDecember 1January 31The lottery is for launches June 20 through September 7. Recreation.gov posts results to the applicant's personal profile about two weeks after the lottery closes. Visit the Salmon River permit page and the Tip Sheet for more details.
San Juan River Launch PermitsDecember 1January 31The lottery is for launches March through July. Recreation.gov posts results to the applicant's personal profile about two weeks after the lottery closes. Visit the San Juan permit page for more details.
Yellowstone Non-Commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program LotterySeptember 3October 3The lottery is for non-commercially guided snowmobile trips from approximately December 15 through March 15 each year (exact dates are different for each of the four possible entrance gates). Recreation.gov posts results to the applicant's personal profile about two weeks after the lottery closes. Visit the Yellowstone lottery page for more details.
Yosemite-Cables on Half Dome Pre-Season and Daily LotteriesPre-season

March 1
Pre-season

March 31
The lottery is for high-season dates from the Friday before Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Applicants may make changes to lottery applications only during the lottery application period and only by calling Recreation.gov at 1-888-448-1474. Recreation.gov notifies successful applicants by email and posts results to the applicant's personal profile about two weeks after the lottery closes. Visit the Cables on Half Dome lottery page and the Tip Sheet for more details.
Yosemite-Cables on Half Dome Daily PermitsMidnight to 1 p.m., two days prior to desired hiking date The lottery is for approximately 50 permits each day during the hiking season. Apply between midnight and 1:00 PM two days prior to your hiking date and Recreation.gov notifies successful applicants by email or text message that evening. For example, an applicant who wishes to hike on Saturday may apply between Thursday morning at midnight and 1:00 PM in the afternoon, Pacific Time. Recreation.gov will notify the applicant by Thursday night either by email or text message. Recreation.gov also provides results the following morning online in the applicant's personal profile or through the call center at 1-877-444-6777. Visit the Half Dome lottery page for more details.
White House Easter Egg Roll5 to 6 weeks before the event The lottery is for the traditional event on the Monday following Easter. Recreation.gov notifies successful applicants by email and posts results to the applicant's personal profile about two weeks after the lottery closes. Visit the White House Easter Egg Roll Website for event and lottery dates.