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Posted on: March 7, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Free Day: State Parks 105th Birthday

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.

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