No Discover Pass needed June 2, 9, 10
[Note: This news release was updated on May 30, 2018, to clarify free days for June 9 and 10.]
OLYMPIA – May 14, 2018 – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to enjoy three free days at state parks in June. On free days, visitors don’t need a Discover Pass for day-use visits by vehicle.
The first free day is Saturday, June 2, in recognition of National Trails Day. The next free day is Saturday, June 9, to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. The third free day is Sunday, June 10, which is the second day of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) Free Fishing Weekend.
The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass. The pass costs $30 for an annual pass or $10 for a one-day permit and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, WDFW and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 “free days” when the pass would not be required to visit state parks.
UPDATED 5/30/18: The June 2 free day applies only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required on WDFW and DNR lands. The June 9 and 10 weekend also is a Free Fishing Weekend at more than 700 water-access sites managed by WDFW. Neither the vehicle access pass nor the Discover Pass will be required at these sites on this weekend. The Discover Pass will still be required for access to lands managed by DNR.
The remaining 2018 State Parks free days are as follows:
- Saturday, Aug. 25 — National Park Service Birthday
- Saturday, Sept. 22 — National Public Lands Day
- Sunday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
The Discover Pass provides daytime access to parks. Overnight visitors in state parks are charged fees for camping and other overnight accommodations, and day access is included in the overnight fee. For information about Discover Pass, visit www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov.
About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
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Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.