Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission reopened state-managed parks earlier this month.
With the reopening comes the return of State Parks Free Days, which allows visitors to enjoy the parks for day use without a Discover Pass.
Next month will see three free days: June 6, National Trails Day; June 7, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) Free Fishing Weekend; and June 13, National Get Outdoors Day.
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These free days apply only to day use, not overnight stays or rented facilities.
A Discover Pass will not be required on WDFW or Washington State Park lands throughout the Free Fishing Weekend June 6 and 7 but will be required both days on lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
The Discover Pass is only necessary for motor vehicles and isn’t required if you wish to access the parks by boat or non-motorized means.
The pass 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, valid for one year from the date of purchase, or a $10 day pass.
The remaining 2020 State Parks free days are planned to remain as scheduled:
- August 25 – National Park Service’s 104th Birthday
- September 26 – National Public Lands Day
- November 11 – Veterans Day
- November 27 – Autumn Day
- Two additional free days that were lost in April due to the pandemic