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Want to play in a state park without paying? There are three chances in June

Discover Passes won’t be needed when visiting state parks on June 2, June 9 and June 10

There will be three days in June when Washington residents can enjoy state parks without having to pay for a discover Pass.

The free days are set for June 2 in honor of National Trails Day, June 9 in recognition of National Get Outdoors Day and June 10 to mark the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Free Fishing Weekend.

People enjoy the waters of Battle Ground State Park in this file photo. Photo by Mike Schultz
People enjoy the waters of Battle Ground State Park in this file photo. Photo by Mike Schultz

When the state Legislature passed the law creating the Discover Pass, it included the stipulation that State Parks could designate 12 free days each year when the pass isn’t required. The pass costs $30 for annual access and $10 for a one-day permit. It allows vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the WDFW and the Department of Natural Resources. The free days only apply to state parks and a pass is still required on DNR and WDFW lands.

After June, the remaining 2018 State Parks free days are:

  • Sat., Aug. 25 — National Park Service Birthday
  • Sat., Sept. 22 — National Public Lands Day
  • Sund., 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

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