Excited to get out and enjoy State Parks again? In June you have three opportunities to do so for free! The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to enjoy three free days at state parks in June. On free days, visitors don’t need a Discover Pass for day-use visits by vehicle.
The first free day is Saturday, June 6, in recognition of National Trails Day. The next free day is Sunday, June 7, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) Free Fishing Weekend. A Discover Pass will not be required on WDFW or Washington State Park lands throughout the Free Fishing Weekend but will be required both days on lands managed by Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The third free day, Saturday, June 13, celebrates National Get Outdoors Day. Though most Washington [...]
If we’ve learned anything the past few months it’s how vital the outdoors is to our physical, emotional and mental health. Fortunately, trails and parks have begun to open up again. We want to see them remain open, which means it’s important to #recreateresponsibly as we head back to the great outdoors.
The newly formed Washington Recreate Responsibly Coalition has put together six simple tips to follow as we enjoy our natural surroundings in the time of coronavirus. Following these tips will help prevent the spread of the virus.
Tip #1: Know before you go
Before you head out for your adventure, check to make sure your destination is open. If it is closed, simply don’t go. If you arrive and it’s very crowded, opt for a plan B. This means you should have a plan B [...]
Due to the rapid spread of Covid-19 throughout the nation, many of us our currently under stay at home orders. Travel has temporarily been put on hold, and for the sake of our own and our fellow citizens’ health we’re trying to stay within the walls of our own homes. However, Google Earth has put together virtual tours of many National Parks to help those of us with wanderlust. Now is the perfect time to take a virtual tour of National Parks – and make a plan for the ones you want to visit in person in the future.
As you take your virtual tours of National Parks, make sure to make a list of the breath-taking vistas that you determine you [...]
Think it’s too early to start thinking about that summer camping itinerary? Think again! Many of the most popular state park camping locations can be reserved now – and will fill up quick.
Beacon Rock State Park
Beacon Rock State Park is one park that just recently opened its campsites for reservations. Formerly only a first come first serve park, Beacon Rock State park is a popular destination located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Beacon Rock itself is the core of an ancient volcano. The park includes 9,500 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River and more than 26 miles of roads and trails open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.
Reservations at Beacon Rock
If you’re counting on nabbing a first come, first serve spot at [...]
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is now recruiting hundreds of seasonal park aides for summer 2020.
Each summer, State Parks employs 400 park aides and 45 senior park aides to work the busy season, which runs from April through September. People of all ages from diverse backgrounds work as park aides. They work in parks all over the state and in varying types of terrain and climate, depending on location. Park aides register campers, maintain trails, clean campgrounds and comfort stations and perform a variety of custodial maintenance chores. They also may staff park offices, interact with visitors and help with interpretive and educational programs.
“Seasonal park aide positions are perfect for high school or college students who need a good [...]
The steady sound of surf crashing on a rocky shore. Icy white waves thundering and curling into dramatic arcs against high black cliffs. Steely skies and curtains of rain sweeping across choppy waters.The drama and power of Washington’s waters in winter are nothing short of awe inspiring.
Storm watching is a popular pastime here when winter weather hits our coastal and Puget Sound waters from October to April. And state parks are home to ideal — and safe — vantage points for witnessing the raw drama, power and beauty the of Pacific Northwest storm season. Here’s the scoop on some dynamic destinations
Bay View State Park
Watch the rains wash over the San Juan Archipelago from this tiny gem of a park. Small [...]
Are you starting to plan your summer travels yet? Would you like to spend an extended time at a State Park this summer? Looking for a way to use your RV to give back? Did you know that you could become a State Park Campground Host?
What is a campground host?
Many camp hosts are living the dream. They sign on for one to three months each at a lineup of parks, and they work 28 hours a week for their campsite. Camp host duties could mean cleaning campsites, assisting park aides, gardening, answering questions, doing handiwork, running educational programs and recommending activities.
How do you become a campground host?
Camp hosts must have a background check. The application process, which includes fingerprinting, takes up to two months. Otherwise, all that’s required [...]
This winter strap on your snowshoes and enjoy guided hikes through two State Parks with knowledgeable rangers! Mark your calendars now and don’t miss this awesome opportunity at Lake Easton and Lake Wenatchee.
Lake Easton Snowshoe Hikes
At Lake Easton, all hikes will depart at 1pm on the following Saturdays and Sundays.
Jan. 1 (Wed.), 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
Feb. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
The New Year’s Day hike, part of a national “First Day Hikes” event, includes snacks and hot beverages.
The hike will take about 2.5 hours and will cover a distance of about 3 miles. Guides will share the park’s natural history and safety information. Consider staying for sunset on clear or partly cloudy days! Click for more information.
We happen to think the Northwest offers some of the best winter outdoor activities of anywhere in the country. From snowshoeing, to skiing, to snowmobiles, there’s a bit of everything for enjoying some powder. If you have a youth who is interested in snowmobiling (and who wouldn’t be?), you will want to encourage safety from the start. A great place to begin is the State Parks Youth Snowmobile Safety Class.
Free Snowmobile Class
The Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program, Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club are offering a free snowmobile safety class to young snowmobilers this month.
The “Safe Rider” class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club’s clubhouse, 14400 Chiwawa Loop Road, Leavenworth (Driving directions). Participants must register by [...]
Sno-Park permits are now available for purchase. However, there are some new regulations you will want to be aware of.
Sno-Park permits allow visitors to park in specially cleared, designated parking lots with access to areas around the state for cross-country skiing, skijoring, fat-tire biking, snowmobiling, snow biking, dog sledding, snowshoeing, tubing and other winter sports and snow play.
Keeping it simple
Starting this year, the Discover Pass will no longer be required along with the daily Sno-Park permit in Sno-Parks that are on State Park property. (Crystal Springs, Easton Reload, Fields Spring, Hyak, Lake Easton, Lake Wenatchee, Pearrygin Lake and Mount Spokane.)“The Winter Recreation Program often heard from permit holders about how cumbersome the old requirements were,” said Winter Recreation Program Manager Pamela McConkey. “This change in permit and pass requirements means less confusion for [...]