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Washington State Parks announces 2022 free days


The best things in life don’t require a Discover Pass.

And on certain days in 2022, visitors won’t need one to visit Washington State Parks or recreation lands managed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Normally, access to these areas would require visitors to pay fees of $30 to $35 annually or $10 to $11.50 for day-use passes.

Free days do not apply to Sno-Parks. From November to April, Sno-Park visitors need a Sno-Park permit, which can be purchased at

New this year, Billy Frank Jr.’s birthday, Juneteenth and World Mental Health Day will replace the previously recognized springtime day (first Saturday in April), National Trails Day (first Saturday in June) and National Park Service birthday (Aug. 25). In addition, Friday, Nov. 25, will be formally recognized as Native American Heritage Day.

On Jan. 1, state parks interpretive specialists hold a free tour of Lewis and Clark State Park. To attend, park across Jackson Highway and walk up to the cabin past the entrance.

Other 2022 Discover Pass free days are:

  • Saturday, Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day
  • Monday, Jan. 17 — Martin Luther King Day
  • Wednesday, March 9 — Billy Frank Jr.’s birthday
  • Saturday, March 19 — Washington State Parks’ birthday
  • Friday, April 22 — Earth Day
  • Saturday, June 11 — National Get Outdoors Day
  • Sunday, June 12 — Free Fishing Weekend
  • Sunday, June 19 — Juneteenth
  • Saturday, Sept. 24 — National Public Lands Day
  • Monday, Oct. 10 — World Mental Health Day
  • Friday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
  • Friday, Nov. 25 — Native American Heritage Day

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