Next Discover Pass free day is Aug. 25

In recognition of the National Park Service system’s 105th birthday, Washington State Parks, Washington Department of Natural Resources and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will offer free entrance to state lands on Aug. 25. 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.

Washington state lands agencies encourage visitors to enjoy this free day and beware of wildfire risks. Many state-managed recreation areas are currently closed for fire danger or active wildfire. Updates can be found at the websites for:

  • DNR lands.
  • WDFW lands.
  • Washington State Parks.

Visitors can help protect public lands by:

  • Following statewide burn bans currently in effect during this unprecedented fire year.
  • Refraining from the use of open fires and charcoal grills. Propane stoves and generators are allowed.
  • Reducing the risk of accidental fire by disposing of cigarette butts in appropriate receptacles and avoiding parking vehicles on dry grass.

Adventurers are being asked to recreate responsibly by exploring close to home, having a Plan B if their destination of choice is crowded or closed, packing out what they pack in and bringing their own health and hygiene supplies.

The remaining 2021 State lands free days are:

  • Saturday, Sept. 25 — National Public Lands Day
  • Thursday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
  • Friday, Nov. 26 — Autumn Day


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