OLYMPIA — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to enjoy three free days at state parks in June. On these days, visitors don’t need a Discover Pass for day-use visits by vehicle.
The first free day is Saturday, June 6, in recognition of National Trails Day.
The next free day is Sunday, June 7, Free Fishing Weekend of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. A Discover Pass will not be required on WDFW or Washington State Park lands throughout this weekend, but will be required both days on lands managed by Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
The third free day, Saturday, June 13, celebrates National Get Outdoors Day.
Although most Washington state parks have reopened for day use, the agency encourages visitors to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by following common-sense actions.
The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass. The pass costs $30 annually or $10 for a one-day permit and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, WDFW and DNR. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required on WDFW and DNR lands.
The remaining 2020 State Parks free days are: Tuesday, Aug. 25 — National Park Service birthday; Saturday, Sept. 26 — National Public Lands Day; Wednesday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day; and Friday, Nov. 27 – Autumn Free Day.
State Parks plans to reschedule the two free days in April lost to COVID-19-related closures.
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.