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State Parks Free Days
No Discover Pass required

Want to visit a state park for free?

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission have designated 12 days throughout 2014 when a Discover Pass will not be required.

According to legislation that created the Discover Pass ($30 annual or $10 one-day permit), the Commission could designate up to 12 “free days” when the pass would not be required."

However, the free days only apply at state parks—the Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The 2014 State Parks free days are as follows:

  • January 19 and 20 – in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • March 19 – Washington State Parks birthday
  • April 19 – A spring Saturday “free day”
  • April 22 – Earth Day
  • May 11 – A spring Sunday “free day”
  • June 7 and 8 – National Trails Day and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Free

Fishing Weekend

  • June 14 – National Get Outdoors Day
  • August 25 – National Park Service birthday
  • September 27 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day

A diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation, are managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. For more information on their events, please visit

Virginia Rivero Descailleaux

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