September 25, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 25, 2015
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission hosts another free day Saturday, Sept. 26, when day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.
The free day is in recognition of the 22nd anniversary of National Public Lands Day — the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
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, the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife.
September 24, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 24, 2015
Celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 26 at Lake Sammamish State Park by joining volunteers from the National Park Service, Washington State Parks, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and REI to restore habitat in the park’s natural areas.
The volunteer event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. Register for it or other volunteer opportunities at mtsgreenway.org/volunteer.
Help remove invasive weeds, such as blackberry, that reduce the habitat quality along salmon-bearing Issaquah Creek. The creek provides important space for fish and wildlife, including spawning and migratory habitat for threatened species of chinook and kokanee salmon.
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
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 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.
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.
September 10, 2013
In honor of the Washington State Parks Centennial and National Public Lands Day, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and SUBWAY restaurants have collaborated to launch No Family Left Inside.
The program will reward park visitors by honoring their Discover Pass in all 406 SUBWAY locations in 17 counties throughout Western Washington for the month of September.
Visit a participating store and show the pass to receive a free 6-inch sandwich with the purchase of a 6-inch sandwich of equal or greater value and a 30-ounce drink.
January 15, 2013
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.
June 7, 2012
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.
September 23, 2011
NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 23, 2011
Issaquah Alps peaks host volunteers Saturday for National Public Lands Day.
Organizations plan trail work on Cougar and Tiger mountains in the Issaquah area.
Washington Trails Association and King County Parks volunteers plan to decommission old trail sections along Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park’s Indian Trail. The decommissioning involves adding plants in the old tread.
The work party runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is designed for families, and participants can sign up at the Washington Trails Association’s website.
The state Department of Natural Resources and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance plan to build Tiger Mountain trails Saturday for National Public Lands Day.