OLYMPIA – State parks are scheduled to have three days in June with free admission.
On free days, visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.
The first free day is Saturday, June 6, in recognition of National Trails Day while the following day, June 7, also is a free day for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Free Fishing Weekend.
A Discover Pass will not be required on Fish and Wildlife or state park lands throughout the Free Fishing Weekend but will be required both days on lands managed by the state Department of Natural Resources.
June’s third free day, Saturday, June 13, will mark National Get Outdoors Day.
State parks on the North Olympic Peninsula are Bogachiel near Forks, Dosewallips near Brinnon, Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island, Fort Townsend and Fort Worden in Port Townsend, Anderson Lake State Park near Chimacum and Sequim Bay near Sequim.
Though most Washington state parks have reopened for day use, the agency encourages visitors to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by following these guidelines.
• Stay close to home.
• Know what’s open before heading out.
• Have a Plan B if a certain park is too crowded.
• Keep a social distance of at least 6 feet between households at viewpoints, picnic shelters and restrooms.
• Bring personal supplies such as soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper and face coverings.
• Pack out what is packed in.
The remaining 2020 State Parks free days are as follows:
• Tuesday, Aug. 25 — National Park Service Birthday
• Saturday, Sept. 26 — National Public Lands Day
• Wednesday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
• Friday, Nov. 27 – Autumn Day
In addition, State Parks plans to reschedule the two free days in April lost to COVID-19 related closures.
The Discover Pass provides daytime access to parks.
Overnight visitors in state parks are charged fees for camping and other overnight accommodations, and day access is included in the overnight fee.
The Discover Pass costs $30 annually or $10 for a one-day permit
For information about the Discover Pass, visit www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov.
For more information about state parks, visit www.parks.wa.gov.