Washington state parks, national parks offer free entry for National Get Outdoors Day

June 7, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. June 7, 2012

Forget the Discover Pass.

Washington state parks, alongside national parks, offer free entry Saturday for National Get Outdoors Day, a chance to experience outdoor recreation areas at no cost.

So, visitors headed to Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain state parks in the Issaquah area do not need a Discover Pass to enter. Similarly, the entrance fee to Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks — and all other national parks in Washington and from coast to coast — is waived.

Washington boasts more than 100 developed state parks, from majestic Deception Pass State Park to the old-growth forest of Lewis & Clark State Park.

The state also hosts 13 national park sites under National Park Service administration.

National Get Outdoors Day is a collaboration among state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the United States.

The next free entry day for national parks is Sept. 29, National Public Lands Day.

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