From now on, it'll cost you to visit Wash. parks
Thursday, June 30, 2011
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington parks are no longer free.
People who visit state recreation lands starting Friday will have to buy a $30 annual pass or a $10 day-use permit. State officials are using the revenue to operate the parks after other money was moved to help balance the budget.
Passes will be required for access to 120 state parks and millions of acres managed by the state. That includes boat launches, campgrounds, heritage sites, wildlife areas and trails.
The passes can be purchased online or at retail outlets that also sell hunting and fishing licenses. People who do not have a Discover Pass displayed on their vehicle at state lands face a fine of $99.