August 21, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 21, 2015
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering a free park day Tuesday, Aug. 25. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.
The free day is in honor of the 99th birthday of the National Park Service, which was established on Aug. 25, 1916.
State Parks free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by Washington State Parks, and the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife.
The Discover Pass legislation provided that Washington State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by WDFW and DNR on these days. Read more
August 12, 2015
NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 12, 2015
Northwest Wildlife Photos will present two classes, for ages 14 and older, on wildlife photography at Lake Sammamish State Park.
The first class is at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in the flex space at Sunset Beach Bathhouse and will cover photography basics during a two-hour session. The second class will involve the actual experience of shooting wildlife photography and is at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 29, also starting at the bathhouse.
The cost is $20 for both classes, with reservations through EventBrite, http://bit.ly/1UzjqXS. Space is limited. A Discover Pass is required to park at the state park, and can be purchased online through Washington State Parks.
Parking costs $10 per day, though Aug. 25 is a free day. For more information, go to www.northwestwildlifephotos.com.
May 27, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. May 27, 2015
Summer Smash, a free concert coming June 6 to Lake Sammamish State Park, will feature Nolan Garrett along with other local groups Cygnus, Last Minute, LocoMotive and the School of Rock House Band.
The backdrop to the stage will be a glorious view of Lake Sammamish.
The concert occurs on a “free day” so no Discover Pass is required to park and there is no admission charge. The concert begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m.
May 5, 2015
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer three “free days” this month and next.
Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to state parks on May 10, a springtime free day; June 6, in recognition of National Trails Day; and June 13, National Get Outdoors Day.
May 5, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. May 5, 2015
For expert paddlers or those looking to try sea kayaking or stand-up paddling for the first time, the fifth annual Northwest Paddling Festival is the place to be to get started for a summer on the water.
The festival, the largest of its kind in the Northwest, will be May 8-9 at Lake Sammamish State Park. The hours are from 2-7 p.m. May 8, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9.
During the course of the two-day celebration of paddle sports, attendees can demo boats, take kayak tours, attend seminars and check out the latest in gear and accessories from more than 60 paddle sports businesses.
April 11, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. April 11, 2015
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Issaquah’s Paddle Sports and Kayak Academy host a kayak tour along the shores of Lake Sammamish to view great blue herons in their nesting habitat.
The tour is from noon to 3:30 p.m. April 12 at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. The park hosts one of the largest heronries in the greater Seattle area with 80 to 100 pairs of nesting great blue herons.
The tour costs $18 per person. Pre-registration is required online at www.kayakacademy.com.
March 31, 2015
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering two free days in April.
Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to state parks on April 4, a springtime free Saturday, and April 22, Earth Day.
March 17, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. March 17, 2015
Washington State Parks turns 102 years old March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by getting out to enjoy a state park for free that day.
March 19 is the third of 12 State Parks “free days” in 2015, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a park, such as Lake Sammamish State Park.
Learn more about the Discover Pass at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
January 17, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 17, 2015
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s next free days are Jan. 18-19, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass for day visits at state parks.
The two dates are to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass—a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.
January 1, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2015
State Parks offers 12 ‘free days’ to visitors in 2015
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission recently released its schedule of days in 2015 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 recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Natural Resources.