In response to Governor Jay Inslee’s “stay home, stay healthy” order, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the temporary closure of all state-managed parks, wildlife areas, and water areas through May 4.
Because of the closures, Washington State Parks is postponing it’s two scheduled free days in April: spring free day on April 11 and Earth Day on April 22.
Rather than skip the days completely, State Parks will designate two days later in the year to make up for April’s missed free days.
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These free days apply only to day use, not overnight stays or rented facilities. A Discover Pass will still be required to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The Discover Pass is only necessary for motor vehicles and isn’t needed if you’re wanting to access the parks by boat or non-motorized means.
It was created in 2011 to offset steep reductions in general tax support for parks and other recreation lands and facilities. When you buy the pass, you’re helping to keep the state’s outdoor recreation sites open and accessible to the public.
There are two pass options: a $30 annual pass, good for one year from the date of purchase, or a $10 day pass.
In addition to the new dates, the remaining 2020 State Parks free days are planned to remain as scheduled:
- June 6 – National Trails Day (State Parks and Fish & Wildlife free day)
- June 7 – Fishing Day (State Parks and Fish & Wildlife free day)
- June 13 – National Get Outdoors Day
- August 25 – National Park Service’s 104th Birthday
- September 26 – National Public Lands Day
- November 11 – Veterans Day
- November 27 – Autumn Day