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.

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Editorial

March 18, 2014

An annexation that may make sense

Washington State Parks has asked the city of Issaquah to consider annexing Lake Sammamish State Park. The idea is worth considering.

As it stands, the park, even though it is a state park, sits in unincorporated King County. However, it is surrounded on all sides — except the lake side — by Issaquah.

As there have been plans to add some developments to the park, Issaquah has taken the lead in vetting those plans. But, once a specific plan is chosen, the county would need to get involved in issuing needed permits.

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State Parks offers a day of free parking

March 11, 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. The next date is March 29.

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.

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State Parks 2014 calendar, Discover Pass make great gifts

December 13, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 13, 2013

Looking for a gift for that person who has everything? How about something that commemorates the state — a state parks calendar or a Discover Pass.

The Washington State Parks 2014 wall calendar features brilliant color photos that represent some of the park system’s premier and unique features, as well as beautiful photos of wildlife that can be seen in state parks.

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