State Parks offers three ‘free’ days in late spring

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.

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Lake Sammamish State Park hosts kayak nature tour April 12

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.

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Park free at state parks for two days in April

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.

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Next state parks free parking days are Jan. 18-19

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.

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State Parks offers 12 ‘free days’ in 2015, starting today

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.

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Attend public hearing on state park annexation Monday

December 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 14, 2014

While the plan needs the approval of the Issaquah City Council, local and state officials seem ready to move forward with the annexation of Lake Sammamish State Park into Issaquah.

The park currently is in unincorporated King County.

City officials have long worked with state officials on park improvements and planning for its future, said Trish Heinonen, the city’s long range planning manager. The proposed annexation would continue the partnership, she added.

The council formally takes up the annexation at a public hearing set for 7 p.m. during its regular Dec. 15 meeting.

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Sunset Beach parking area closes for winter

October 14, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission recently released its 2014-15 winter schedule, with more than 60 parks remaining open seven days a week for camping and day-use activities.

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State Parks updates mobile app, issues Walk in the Park GeoChallenge

August 29, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 29, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has released the next generation of the Pocket Ranger mobile app and is kicking off the Walk in the Park GeoChallenge.

The free mobile app for iPhone and Android was recently overhauled. This interactive outdoor guide, created by the ParksByNature Network, is the ultimate guide to exploring Washington’s state parks.

State Parks and ParksByNature are also partnering with SUBWAY restaurants to launch the newest geochallenge, Walk in the Park, on the Pocket Ranger mobile app. The geochallenge features state parks in 16 Western Washington counties.

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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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Campfire burn ban lifted for Western Washington state parks

August 16, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 16, 2014

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has lifted the ban on campfires in Western Washington state parks.

Western Washington is considered the region west of the crest of the Cascade Mountain range. Those include Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park.

Washington State Parks wants the public to know that park managers have the discretion to restrict campfires in campgrounds, based on their assessment of conditions, which may change quickly.

Campfires are allowed in approved fire pits only. Park managers may also require smaller fires than are normally acceptable.

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