Explore state, national parks at no cost for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 15, 2013

Washingtonians can observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Lake Sammamish State Park and other state facilities, Tiger Mountain State Forest and other state forestlands, or in national forests and parks.

Officials at the agencies responsible for state and national public lands waived admission fees for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.

Visitors do not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain near Issaquah.

Mount Rainier National Park waived entrance fees to the 235,625-acre park. Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is waiving fees at more than 74 day-use sites in the forest.

Throughout the year, state and national parks waive entrance fees to promote outdoor recreation.

Other free days for state parks in 2013 include:

  • March 30: recognition of Washington State Parks’ 100th birthday on March 19
  • April 27-28: recognition of National Parks Week
  • June 1: National Trails Day
  • June 8-9: National Get Outdoors Day and state Department of Fish and Wildlife free fishing weekend
  • Aug. 4: peak summer season free day
  • Sept. 28: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 9-11: Veterans Day weekend

Other free days at National Park Service areas in 2013 include:

  • April 22-26: National Park Week
  • June 8: National Get Outdoors Day
  • Aug. 25: National Park Service birthday
  • Sept. 28: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 9-11: Veterans Day weekend

Other free days at U.S. Forest Service areas in 2013 include:

  • June 1: National Trails Day
  • June 8: National Get Outdoors Day
  • Sept. 28: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 9-11: Veterans Day weekend
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