Washington State Parks getting ready for summer, family RV camping, canoeing, fishing


WaStLkWenatchee_JulianneGCraneBack in 2011, because of steep reductions in general tax support for parks and other recreation lands and facilities operated by the state, the Washington State Legislature and Governor created the Discover Pass

Revenues from this pass helps the Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)  keep the state’s amazing outdoor recreation sites open and accessible to the public (that’s all of us). You do not have to be a Washington State resident to purchase a pass.  The price is the same.

Annual and one-day Discover Pass:

  • The annual pass — $30. Good for one year from the date of purchase.
  • Day-use pass — $10. Good for the date marked on the pass.

The Washington State Discover Pass give you access to millions of incredible acres of state recreation lands including:

– More than 100 developed state parks,
– More than 350 primitive recreation sites, with many campgrounds and picnic areas
– Nearly 700 water-access points
– More than 80 natural areas
– More than 30 wildlife areas
– Nearly 2,000 miles of designated water and land recreation trails

In case you are not sold yet on this great value, get your calendar out and mark down one of the following  2017 Discover Pass Free Days:

March 19 — State Park’s 104th birthday
April 15 — Spring day
April 22 — Earth Day
June 3 — National Trails Day
June 10 — National Get Outdoors Day
Aug. 25 — National Park Service 101st Birthday
Sept. 30 — National Public Lands Day
Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
Nov. 24 — Autumn day

Julianne G. Crane

Photo: RVer Jimmy Smith reflects in Lake Wenatchee (Washington) State Park . This is a very popular family campground, convenient to Puget Sound. ( Julianne G. Crane)

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