State Parks – In recognition of National and Washington Public Lands Day, Washington State Parks, Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will offer free entrance to state lands on Saturday, Sept. 25.
State Parks says that on this day, visitors to Washington state lands will not need a Discover Pass to park.
Discover Pass free days apply to all visitor parking on DNR and WDFW lands and in day-use areas at Washington state parks.
In 1994, National Public Lands Day was established as the fourth Saturday in September.
The National Environmental Education Foundation coordinates the special day every year.
In 2019, the Washington state Legislature passed a bill proclaiming the fourth Saturday in September as Washington Public Lands Day.
Visitors can help celebrate public lands by:
The remaining 2021 State lands free days are:
About the Discover Pass
State lands free days align with 2011 legislation that created the Discover Pass, which costs $30 to $35 annually, or $10 to $11.50 for a one-day visit, depending on point of purchase.
The pass is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, WDFW and DNR.