State Parks announces ‘free day’ for Aug. 25

August 24, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 24, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, Aug. 25, is a state parks “free day.”

Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park locally.

The free day is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established Aug. 25, 1916.

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Fire Dash comes to state park Aug. 16

August 12, 2014

The nation’s only firefighting-themed 5K obstacle course is coming to Lake Sammamish State Park at 8 a.m. Aug. 16.

The Fire Dash, designed by firefighters, puts participants through a slew of obstacles that test stamina and agility, and make ample use of fire and smoke. The course is likened to a mini fire academy for new recruits.

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Get ‘filthy clean’ at 5K Foam Fest this Saturday

July 8, 2014

NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 08, 2014

The 5K Foam Fest “adventure run” returns to Lake Sammamish State Park on July 12.

Bounce, slide, leap and run through a course filled with obstacles, mud and fluffy white foam. Runners receive a T-shirt and medal, and for those 21 and older, a free alcoholic beverage at the end of the race.

Race organizers encourage participants to embrace the quirky, dress up in costumes, run with friends and focus on fun, rather than speed.

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Enjoy bird watching at June 23 walk

June 17, 2014

Take the morning June 23 to explore a haven for birds and wildlife at a birding walk at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The park offers a wide assortment of birds and habitats in its varied ecosystems. The trip, from 8 a.m. to noon, involves walking 2 to 3 miles.

Dress appropriately (rainproof in layers; some of the trails can be very muddy if wet).

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Take a guided family bird walk on June 14

June 10, 2014

You won’t need cash or a Discover Pass on this no-fee June 14 at Lake Sammamish State Park where Eastside Audubon members will guide an easy walk on level pathways in search of baby ducks and woodpeckers.

It’s the peak of the nesting season, so the group will be on the lookout for nests and baby birds. You’ll also be watching (and listening) for zipping hummingbirds, chattering kingfishers and soaring eagles.

Kids will learn from an Eastside Audubon expert about the variety of birds that use habitats ranging from lakeshore to streamside to woodland.

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State Parks offers two days of free parking

June 7, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 7, 2014

Washington State Parks has 12 free days in 2014 when visitors are not required to display a Discover Pass to visit a state park, including Lake Sammamish State Park. The next dates are June 7 and 8.

National Get Outdoors Day on June 14 also features a free day of parking.

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Anglers can fish for free June 7-8

June 3, 2014

Go fish — legally — without a license. Free Fishing Weekend is June 7-8.

During those days, no license will be required to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open to fishing in Washington state.

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State hosts park free day on May 11

May 6, 2014

May 11 is the next of 12 “free days” in 2014 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 “free days” when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks. The Discover Pass is still required to access DFW and DNR lands.

State Parks offers free parking Saturday and Tuesday

April 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 18, 2014

Washington State Parks has 12 free days in 2014 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park, including Lake Sammamish State Park. The next dates are April 19 and 22.

The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the state Department of Natural Resources.

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State Parks offers a day of free parking today

March 19, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 19, 2014

Today is Washington State Parks’ 101st birthday, and it’s your lucky day because you can park at Lake Sammamish State Park and the Tiger Mountain State Forest for free.

Washington State Parks has 12 free days in 2014 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Natural Resources.

The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required to access DFW and DNR lands.

Learn more here.

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