Washington State Parks turns 105 years old on March 19, 2018 — and visitors can celebrate by enjoying a state park for free that day.
In addition, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission hosts a free day for state park visitors on the following dates:
- Saturday, April 14 — Springtime free day
- Sunday, April 22 — Earth Day
- Saturday, June 2 — National Trails Day
- Saturday, June 9 — National Get Outdoors Day
- Sunday, June 10 — Free Fishing Day
- Saturday, Aug. 25 — National Park Service Birthday
- Saturday, Sept. 22 — National Public Lands Day
- Sunday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
- Friday, Nov. 23 — Autumn free day
Such free days keep with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, and the Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish & Wildlife (WDFW).
On free days, a Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by DNR and WDFW.
In addition, free days apply only to day-use visits with vehicles, not overnight stays or rented facilities.