Olympic National Park announces fee-free dates; fee increases also come into effect in 2017

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Olympic National Park will offer free admission on nine days in 2017, with the first Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Other days are Feb. 20, Presidents Day; April 15-16 and 22-23, weekends of National Park Week; Aug. 25, National Park Service anniversary; Sept. 30, National Public Lands Day; and Nov. 11-12, Veterans Day weekend.

“We are extremely grateful for the revenue from visitor fees that allows us to complete many important projects throughout the park,” Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said.

“Extending these nine fee-free days is one way we can say thank you to the many visitors and neighbors of Olympic National Park.”

Olympic National Park’s regular entrance fee is $25 per car. On fee-free days, other park fees, including wilderness camping and campground fees, will remain in effect. The Olympic National Park annual pass costs $50.

Several Olympic National Park fees will increase in the coming year, part of a three-year phased increase that began in 2015.

Effective Jan. 10, overnight wilderness use permits will increase in price. The nightly fee will increase from $5 to $8, and the annual wilderness pass will increase from $35 to $45.

On June 1, the seven-day motorcycle entrance fee will increase from $15 to $20.

Entrance fees apply only to people 16 and older; youths and children 15 and younger enter the park for free. Information about senior, access and military passes that provide free entry are available at www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/fees.htm.

More in News

Crystal Heap of Lynden admires a lavender bouquet as her daughter, Lillian, 6, looks on at Old Barn Lavender Company near Sequim on Saturday, part of Sequim Lavender Weekend. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Fresh lavender in Sequim fields

Crystal Heap of Lynden admires a lavender bouquet as her daughter, Lillian,… Continue reading

District adding community paramedic

Program designed to help frequent 9-1-1 callers

“Remember Me,” the large-scale mural on the American Legion-Jack Grennan Post 62 hall, was unveiled at a public event on Saturday. (Melissa Klein)
American Legion mural displays World War I hero

‘Remember Me’ includes portrait of Jack Grennan

Sequim council enacts remote public comment procedure

Participants who want to speak remotely must sign in by 3 p.m. on meeting day

Operations scheduled at Bentinck range this week

The land-based demolition range at Bentinck Island will be… Continue reading

Weekly flight operations scheduled

There will be field carrier landing practice operations for aircraft… Continue reading

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Seattle, center, walks on a trail in Neah Bay with Tribal Chairman Timothy J. Greene Sr., left, and others. (Sen. Murray's office)
Murray tours West End facilities

Senator secured funding for road, medical center

Olympic Medical Heart Center director Leonard Anderson examines a new echocardiograph at the Port Angeles hospital facility. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Foundation donation aids OMC’s heart center

Echocardiogram machine to help more patients receive care locally

OMC providing facts about Proposition 1

Hospital sees $2.2M in savings following consultant tips

From left, Leland Gibson, Tucker Piontek and Jeff Matthews are lowered into the water aboard Fern, a Nordic folk boat commissioned by Michigan resident Charles Jahn, who was present to see his boat in the water for the first time on Friday at Port Townsend’s Boat Haven Marina. Fern was built over three years by three separate classes of students at The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. (Elijah Sussman/Peninsula Daily News)
Boat launched in Port Townsend

From left, Leland Gibson, Tucker Piontek and Jeff Matthews are lowered into… Continue reading

Maya DeLano, executive assistant at Composite Recycling Technology Center, demonstrates the durability of recycled carbon fiber during a job fair on Friday organized by the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce at the Vern Burton Community Center. (Christopher Urquia/Peninsula Daily News)
Job fair in Port Angeles

Maya DeLano, executive assistant at Composite Recycling Technology Center, demonstrates the durability… Continue reading

Three generations of Bike the US for MS riders — from left, Michael Davies, Jordyn Davies and Richard Davies — visit the Sequim MS Support Group. (Sequim MS Support Group)
Bike the US for MS makes stop in Sequim

The Sequim Multiple Sclerosis Support Group continued its tradition of… Continue reading