The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, August 25 is a state parks “free day,” Visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.
The free day is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established on August 25, 1916.
State free days are part of the legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual of $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife. The Discover Pass legislation provided that state parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required. The pass is still required to access lands managed by DNR and Fish and Wildlife.
The free days apply only to day use, and not to overnight stays or rental facilities.
The next free days coming up on September 27 for National Public Lands Day and November 11 for Veterans Day.