Quinault Permits Department
The Quinault Permits Department offers a variety of permits, certificates and licenses for the Quinault Indian Nation. The Quinault Permits Department serves as the initial contact for applicants to assist in identifying the necessary permits for any given project under the Quinault Division of Natural Resources.
The Quinault Permits Department is located at:
1214 Aalis Avenue, Bldg “C” | Taholah, WA
Permits Office Clerk, Alison Boyer » 360.276.8215 x7372
QDNR Office Floater, Vacant » 360.276.8215 x7004
Assistant to the Director, Pauline Capoeman » 360.276.8215 x7278
QDNR Receptionist, Katherine Krukoff » 360.276.8215 x7001
Coastal beaches on the Quinault Indian Nation are closed to all except enrolled Quinault members. Beach Passes are no longer issued to non-tribal members. Non-Quinaults may be present on Quinault beaches if accompanied by an enrolled Quinault member only.
Coastal beaches are restricted to preserve functional coastal ecosystems. The beaches are patrolled regularly by Quinault Resource Enforcement officers. This restriction will remain in effect until further notice.
Non-tribal members may not dig clams on the Quinault Indian Nation beaches at any time. Quinault tribal members may dig clams on dates and at locations approved and announced by the Quinault Division of Natural Resources Director. Permits are required for off-reservation commercial digs only.
Non-tribal members must be accompanied by an authorized fishing guide to fish on the Quinault Indian Nation with the exception of Lake Quinault.
Sport fishing on Lake Quinault usually opens in April and ends in October. Fishing permits (3-day or season-long) for Lake Quinault may be purchased at the Rainforest General Store and the Lake Quinault Mercantile on the south shore of the lake.
Tribal members who are requesting fishing (river fish, halibut, clams, crab) for ceremonial purposes should contact the Quinault Permits Department. Applications for tribal members to fish Reservation and off-Reservation fisheries (rivers, ocean, Grays Harbor) may also be picked up from the Quinault Permits Department
Tribal members may hunt cougar, bear, bobcat, coyote, raccoon, Roosevelt elk, black-tailed deer, upland game and waterfowl in designated locations on the Quinault Indian Nation and in the Quinault Usual and Accustomed Area during specified hunting seasons under QIN regulations. Tribal members requesting hunting permits for ceremonial purposes should contact the Quinault Permits Department.
Anyone conducting any activity within 200 feet of water (a creek, river, spring, wetland or the ocean) must submit a Hydraulic Project Application for QDNR approval. Activities include logging, mining, road-building, trail-clearing, applying pesticides, digging gravel and any form of development.
The application process was developed to protect streams for salmon and other fish and wildlife on which the Quinault Indian Nation depends. It is helpful to submit a map with the application.
Tribal members and tribal employees may cut firewood on the Quinault Indian Nation for personal use. A Personal Use Firewood Permit is required. It is prohibited to cut, possess or transport cedar. Fire season restrictions apply between April 15 and October 15.
Wood-cutters must also register their vehicles using the Operator/Cutter Vehicle Registration Form.
“Cultural harvest” refers to the collection of wood (cedar, fir, spruce or hemlock), beargrass, sweetgrass or cedar bark for traditional purposes such as canoe-building, bent board work, basket weaving or carving.
For non-Tribal Members harvesting of plant material is allowed if accompanied by a Quinault tribal member and approved by the QDNR Director in writing. Collected materials will be used for traditional, non-commercial products only. A no-cost permit is required. Non-tribal members may not collect plant material on the Quinault lands for any other reason.
Tribal members may apply for a free use permit by submitting a Cultural Harvesting Permit Request Form to the Quinault Permits Department. Applications can also be given to Cultural Resources Specialist, Justin James, Jr. or Quinault Archivist/Curator, Tootie James.