State Parks offers free days to park visitors

November 10, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 10, 2014

Washington State Parks is offering “free days” when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park. The next free day is Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

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 free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required to access DFW and DNR lands.

State park visitors get free parking Saturday

September 26, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 26, 2014

Washington State Parks is offering “free days” when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park. The next free day is Sept. 27, in honor of National Parks Lands Day.

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 free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required to access DFW and DNR lands.

 

Go flying over Lake Sammamish in upcoming courses

September 9, 2014

Washington State Parks offers a Safety in Flight Training course Sept. 10-17 and Sept. 26 through Oct. 1 at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road.

The flying is in the Sunset Beach area, all day.

The course involves experts towing paragliders behind a boat on the lake who instruct students on various safety maneuvers.

 

State park offers bicycle, orienteering racing events Sept. 7 and 9

September 6, 2014

NEW — Noon Sept. 6, 2014

The Washington State Parks offers two racing events for outdoor enthusiasts at the Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road:

MFG Cyclocross — An all-day bicycle event Sept. 7 on Sunset and Tibbetts beaches. Learn more here.

Krank Adventure Race — All-day orienteering event Sept. 9 where groups have to find 15 survey markers using a map, compass and GPS device.  Learn more here.

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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Potential state park annexation is given more time for discussion

August 12, 2014

Zoning questions held off an Issaquah City Council move toward annexing Lake Sammamish State Park.

Presented with an agenda bill to adopt a letter of intent Aug. 4, the council faced a step in taking over jurisdiction of the park from the state. The matter entered council consideration in April after the state parks department presented the idea to city officials in the form of a petition for annexation.

City Long Range Planner Trish Heinonen said the idea came from last year’s securing of $5 million for improvements to the 512-acre state park.

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Campfires prohibited in all state parks to help prevent wildfires

August 12, 2014

NEW — 9:35 a.m. Aug. 12, 2014

Washington State Parks announced today that campfires in all state parks will be prohibited until further notice to help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains.

Locally, that includes Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park.

The prohibition on campfires in state parks complies with the announcement Monday by Washington State Department of Natural Resources, which notified the public of a ban on all outdoor burning on lands protected by the department, through Sept. 30.

That agency has fire protection responsibility for all but a few state parks. Prohibiting open fires and campfires in all state parks is intended to minimize public confusion and cooperate with the department’s effort to prevent wildfires.

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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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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.

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