DNR manages 5.6 million acres of state trust lands, aquatic lands, and other state lands. More than 2 million acres of these lands are available for a wide variety of recreation opportunities including hiking, biking, horseback riding, off-road vehicle riding, hunting, fishing, paragliding, geocaching, and more.
To help you discover where you’ll need a Discover Pass on DNR-managed lands, we have posted four PDF maps on our website at www.dnr.wa.gov/recreation. One map shows Discover Pass-required areas for the entire state. The other three are divided into sections: northwest, northeast, and southwest. These sections allow you to zoom in a little closer to more accurately locate the information you need. You’ll need Adobe® Acrobat Reader to view these maps.
We’ve also included a link to a list of DNR-managed recreation lands requiring a Discover Pass. This list provides you with three different lookup options: by the name of a site or facility, by county, and by landscape or location.
As of July 1, the Discover Pass is required to recreate on lands managed by Washington State Parks, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and DNR. Cartographers from the three agencies are hard at work developing an interactive map that will include the recreation lands managed by these agencies. We expect to roll out this map in the coming months.
Learn more about the Discover Pass, including costs and where to buy it at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
Located on the eastern shore of Lake Goodwin, Wenberg Park offers splendid opportunities for picnicking, sunbathing, boating, and camping. Within these 45 acres, you'll discover a 70-site campground, three picnic shelters, an enclosed swim beach with rinse shower, and 1,140 feet of freshwater shoreline and a two-lane concrete boat launch for your toys.
Management of the park was transferred to Snohomish County from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission on July 16, 2009, in an effort to keep state parks open and available to citizens while responding to state budget reductions. In 2018 the day-use area was renovated to provide much improved ADA access to the swimming beach and swimming/fishing dock.
Wenberg Park's campsites are situated within three campground loops.
- Loop 1 (sites 1-15) offers full utilities in most of its sites. It is best suited for RV camping. Loop 1 is open for year-round camping.
- Loop 2 (sites 16-44 and ADA) offers a mix of partial and non-utility sites. Loop 2 is not open for winter camping (closed from November 1st through the end of February).
- Loop 3 (sites 45-67) offers mostly non-utility sites and is best suited for tent camping. Loop 3 is not open for winter camping (closed from November 1st through the end of February).
Camping reservations can be made online or through the call center (M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm) at 425-388-6600. Reservations must be made no later than three days prior to check-in. All unreserved sites (including ADA sites) can be occupied on a first come, first serve basis. Please note, transaction fees apply to both walk-in and reservation camping.
All vehicles in day use parking must display a parking permit. Permits can be purchased at the Welcome Center Pay Station. Please be aware the machine only accepts credit/debit cards. See Fees Schedule on the Fees & Prices page for most current rate.
Parking and boat launch fees are included in the camping fee.
We honor only the Washington State Disabled Veteran Lifetime Pass which entitles the visitor to free parking at our fee-use parks. Please display your pass on your dash so it is visible to the rangers.
The State of Washington's Discover Pass and Department of Fish and Wildlife launch permit is not valid at Snohomish County Parks.
Boat launch fee can be paid at the Welcome Center Pay Station/fee machine. Washington State Fish and Wildlife vehicle permits and Discover Pass are not valid for launching in Snohomish County Parks. See Fees Schedule on the Fees & Prices page for most current rate. Boats may be moored to designated areas of the dock during the day. Overnight mooring is not allowed.
Parking and boat launch fees are included in the camping fee.
An annual pass may be purchased online or through the Parks and Recreation office (M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm) at 425-388-6600.
*Price subject to change.
From I-5, head west on Highway 531 at exit 206. Approximately 2.25 miles from I-5 turn right at the stop sign. Road is a continuation of Highway 531 (also referred to as Lakewood Rd.). Follow Lakewood Road for approximately 2.4 miles to East Lake Goodwin Road. Turn left onto East Lake Goodwin Road and follow approximately one mile to park entrance on your right.
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Washington State is a place of nature and wilderness. It hosts multiple state parks, national forests, reservations, islands, and hundreds of miles of coastline. Washington is in the Pacific Northwest, bordering Canada, and is renowned for its natural beauty.
The State of Washington sells a Discover Pass, which grants access to millions of acres of protected land across the state. They call it “your ticket to Washington’s great outdoors.” The pass costs $30 dollars for the year, and $10 dollars for the day. Discover Passes can be purchased here.
This is a pass that all visitors will want to have if they’re planning on exploring nature and camping in Washington state. Here’s a guide to exactly what’s accessible with Washingon’s Discover Pass.
Washington State Parks
The Discover Pass gives you access to over 100 developed state parks. This may seem like an overwhelming amount of parks to choose from, so we’ll offer info on some of the greatest hits in popular areas of the state.
Deception Pass State Park
Deception Pass State Park is located near the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Peninsula. This northwestern area of the state is easily one of the most frequented parts of Washington, so it’s no surprise to learn that Deception Pass is the most visited state park in Washington.
Here, visitors experience ocean cliffs, charming coves, and an impressive and imposing bridge. The park offers good opportunities for fishing, hiking through forests and along bluffs, bird watching, whale watching, and an abundance of glorious ocean views. Deception Pass State Park is actually split across two different islands, Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island. Combined, the state park has a total of 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline!
The Deception Pass camping options include 167 tent sites, 143 RV/utility sites, multiple group camping sites, 20 restrooms, 10 shower facilities, and much more. Pets are also allowed and drinking water is provided.
Cape Disappointment State Park
Cape Disappointment State Park is located in another popular area of Washington State—the Columbia River mouth. This is where, according to the Washington State Parks website, “lighthouses stand sentinel atop windswept cliffs, sea smells waft up through the air and waves collide with a crash where the Pacific Ocean meets the Columbia River below.” Visitors can hike through old growth forests and marshlands, launch their boats from Baker Bay, and go digging for clams or fishing for dinner.
The Cape Disappointment campground offers campsites starting at $20 dollars per night. The grounds offer 137 standard tent sites, dozens of RV sites, 50 full-hookup sites, 18 partial-hookup sites with water and electricity, group sites, and potable water. Both fires and pets are allowed!
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Dash Point State Park
Dash Point State Park is located along Poverty Bay, across from Maury Island. The park is also within close range of Tacoma and Seattle, making it a great option for a quick weekend trip.
The park contains beautiful forest hiking and plenty of coastal activities such as skimboarding, fishing, sandcastle building, and swimming (mostly in the summer months). Whether your boarding along the shores or bird watching in the oasis of diverse wildlife, Dash Point is an ideal getaway from the urban centers of Tacoma and Seattle.
Dash Point Campground is right off Dash Point Road (Highway 509). It contains some campsites close to the water and some in more wooded areas. The grounds also have group sites, tent sites, drinking water, and even cabins. Both fires and dogs are allowed too!
State Park FREE Days
From discoverpass.wa.gov: “Washington State Parks offers several ‘free days’ when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. The following dates are the 2020 State Park free days”:
Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day
Jan. 20 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
March 19 — State Park’s 107th birthday
April 11— Spring day
April 22 — Earth Day
June 6 — National Trails Day
June 7 — Fishing Day
June 13 — National Get Outdoors Day
Aug. 25 — National Park Service
Sept. 26 — National Public Lands Day
Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
Nov. 27 — Autumn day
Note—free days apply for day-use only. The Discover Pass is still required for overnight stays on free days.
Natural Areas in Washington State
Natural areas consist of preserves and conservation areas which all make the list of accessibility with a Discover Pass. There are more than 80 natural areas in Washington State. We’ll list the popular ones we feel shouldn’t be missed.
James T. Slavin Conservation Area
We listed James T. Slavin partly because it’s located in eastern Washington, an area we haven’t mentioned yet.
The conservation area is located just south of the city of Spokane. It features a large lake and hiking trails along pastures and through forests. The James T. Slavin area is another convenient getaway option not far from a city center, where you can get your fix of fresh air.
Paradise Valley Conservation Area
Many visitors come to Paradise Valley for its 13-mile long trail, which winds across the 793 acres of preserve. Most of the site is wooded, but there are pockets of wetland areas as well. Paradise Valley is located just northeast of Seattle, a mere 35-minute drive from downtown.
Mima Mounds Preserve
Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve consists of 637 acres of Garry oak woodland, oak savannah, and prairie grasslands. The preserve is located in southwest Washington State and contains some well maintained hiking trails and an abundance of beautiful views.
And finally, visitors gain access to more than 30 wildlife areas in Washington state with the Discover Pass. Here are a few notable areas.
- Big Bend Wildlife Area – Located in northern Washington, this area boasts basalt cliffs, rolling hills, permanent (and seasonal) creeks, and ponderosa pine forests.
- Mount Saint Helens Wildlife Area – This 10,500 acres of land includes tidal mudflats, old-growth forests, ancient lava flows, and open grasslands. The area is located in southern Washington.
- Similkameen-Chopaka Wildlife Area – The Similkameen-Chopaka Wildlife Area is in Northern Washington state very near to the Canadian border. The area is a great place for bird watching, hiking, and even spotting some bighorn sheep and mountain goats.
- Wells Wildlife Area – This wildlife area includes nearly 9,000 acres of wilderness in Okanogan and Douglas counties. Visitors experience riparian vegetation, lakes, and springs.
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List of Washington state parks
Wikipedia list article
The Washington State Park System is a set of state parks owned by the state government of Washington, USA. They are managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. There are over 140 parks throughout the state, including 19 marine parks and 11 Historical Parks.
The park system was established in 1913 by the creation of the Washington State Board of Park Commissioners. The first two parks were formed from donated land in 1915, and by 1929 the state had seven parks. In 1947 the State Parks Committee was renamed to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and given authority to oversee the state park system. By 1960 the number of state parks had increased to 130.
In 2003, the Washington State Legislature introduced a $5-a-day parking fee, meant to fund park-related construction projects; more than a quarter of the fees collected went into the fee-collection system itself. Park use decreased more than 15% under the fees. The fee was rescinded in early 2006, returning the state park system to its status of the only system in the West without day-use fees. In 2011 the legislature enacted a $10 day-use permit and a $30 annual pass, called the Discover Pass, for vehicles to enter state parks, lands owned or managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and designated lands of the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Funds generated from the sale of the Discover Pass are deposited into the Recreation Access Pass Account. The new fees did not raise as much money as was hoped, though another effort to encourage donation when renewing certain state licenses (including driver's licenses) was more successful than officials expected.
Current state parks
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A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks and recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). One pass can be transferred between two vehicles. The fees are as follows (add transaction/dealer fees, $5 for the annual Discover Pass and $1.50 for the one-day pass.):
- Annual pass: $30
- One-day pass: $10
Your purchase of the Discover Pass supports recreation on state lands. However, you do not need to purchase the pass under the following circumstances:
- If you are camping or renting overnight accommodations, including vacation houses, environmental learning centers, yurts, and cabins, you will not need a Discover Pass for access to the state park where you are staying for the duration of your stay. If you visit other state parks in the area or other state recreation lands managed by WDFW or DNR, a Discover Pass will be required.
- Disabled veterans and other Washington State Parks pass holders registered through Washington State Parks do not need to purchase a Discover Pass for access to Washington state parks. A Permanent Disability Parking Permit, issued by the Washington State Department of Licensing, also entitles you to free day use. You will need to purchase the Discover Pass for access to lands managed by WDFW and DNR. To apply for a State Parks pass, complete and submit the appropriate pass application.
- You will not need a Discover Pass to launch your boat from a state park boat launch if you have the annual Natural Investment Permit. You will need the Discover Pass for boat launches managed by DNR and WDFW.
- Sno-Park permit holders do not need a Discover Pass to use a designated Sno-Park between Nov. 1 and March 31 for winter recreation activities. The Sno-Park permit exemption does not apply to non-winter recreation activities.
For more information and other exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass website.
Discover Pass free days
Following are the 2022 State Park free days
- Jan. 1 — First Day Hikes; New Year’s Day
- Jan. 17 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- March 9 -- Billy Frank Junior's Birthday
- March 19 — State Parks’ 108th Birthday
- April 22 — Earth Day
- June 11 — National Get Outdoors Day
- June 12 — Free Fishing Day
- June 19 — Juneteenth
- Sept. 25 — National Public Lands Day
- Oct. 10 -- World Mental Health Day
- Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
- Nov. 25 — Native American Heritage Day
You will NOT need a Discover Pass when visiting state park, Washington Department of Natural Resources or Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife lands on Discover Pass Free Days. Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). Sno-Park permits are still required on free days at designated Sno-Parks during the winter season.
Automated pay stations
Several Washington state parks are equipped with automated pay stations for visitors to purchase one-day and annual Discover Passes upon arriving at the park. Following is the list of parks that currently have automated pay stations:
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