1. Commercial Use Permit

    Commercial recreation providers (e.g., kayak adventures, bike tours) are required to register with Washington State Parks and obtain a permit in order to engage in commercial recreation use of state parks.

  2. Discover Pass

    A daily or annual pass required for access to Washington state parks and recreation lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  3. Filming & Photography Permits

    Required for commercial filming and professional still photography at Washington state parks.

  4. Moorage Permit

    Daily fees are charged year-round for moorage at docks, floats, and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m.

  5. Motorized Trail Use Permit

  6. Natural Investment Permit

    A daily or annual permit that allows watercraft launching and trailer dumping at Washington state parks.

  7. Remote Controlled Aircraft

    State Parks allows the use of remote controlled aircraft, also known as drones or unmanned aircraft systems, on a limited basis. Permits are required for each instance of their use.

  8. Scientific Research Permit

    The diverse resources within the Washington state parks system offer a variety of research opportunities. Conducting research in a Washington state park requires a research permit. To conduct research, survey, or collect any natural resource at a Washington state park, you must complete and submit the Scientific Research Permit Application. Before starting please read the application instructions. The form must be filled out in one session, and the instructions let you know the information you will need. A minimum of two weeks is required to process Scientific Research Permits, and an application fee is necessary to cover agency processing costs. Online Scientific Research Permit Application.

  9. Sno-Park Permits

    Permits necessary for parking and/or using motorized and non-motorized Sno-Parks.

  10. Special Activities Permit

    This permit is needed for group events such as weddings, scout troop events, company picnics, family reunions, bicycle and foot races, and community festivals.

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