If waking up to the dazzling, sparkling vista of fresh fallen snow sounds enticing, then winter camping is for you. There are many opportunities at Washington State Parks to camp in the wintertime – and warm up. State Parks can offer a gentle introduction to winter camping with amenities like heated bathrooms, kitchen shelters, roofed cabins and miles of groomed ski and snowshoe trails.
Tent Camping at Lake Wenatchee
For the bargain price of $20 a night, you can rent a campsite at beautiful Lake Wenatchee. Come prepared to set up your site, though. You’ll want shovels to clear an area for your tent, as well as stakes and/or snow anchors or stuff sacks to fill with snow. Scared of the cold? There are heated indoor restrooms offering hot showers and a kitchen shelter [...]
We’re fortunate to live in an area of the country that is just as fun outdoors in the winter as it is in the summer. Many State Parks are open during the winter season for various winter sports. However, these parks often require special permits for use. Read on to learn about the 2022 Washington Sno-Park Permits.
Sno-Park Permits available as of November 1st
The State Parks Winter Recreation Program manages over 120 recreation sites, or Sno-Parks, across the state for recreators to enjoy during the winter season. Parking at these sites requires special permits.
Seasonal or one-day Sno-Park permits can be purchased online or through a licensed vendor.
Snowmobilers also must register their snowmobiles through the Washington Department of Licensing.
It’s not an uncommon scene. Mention a trip to a state park and your young kids start to roll their eyes. They would much rather sit in the AC watching their favorite characters on screen. However, this summer there’s a fun way to get your young ones excited about that State park visit. At participating Washington State Park locations, you can pick up a brochure that will allow your kids to explore the park with Gabby’s Dollhouse.
Gabby’s Dollhouse Brochure
This colorful brochure is packed with educational activities to keep your kids engaged with both the park and one of their favorite characters. You can either pick up the brochure at a participating location or you can download and print it yourself. Break away from screens this summer and head [...]
A State Park can provide the perfect stunning backdrop for your next event. Whether you’re planning a wedding, an anniversary party, a retirement celebration or other event, a State Park may be just the perfect environment. However, there are some special considerations to keep in mind if you’re planning on celebrating on State Park land. Read on to learn more.
State Park Event Considerations
What will be provided? When you host events at more traditional venues the venue will often offer inclusive or for rent furniture, linens, decorations, and other event accessories. The offerings at a State Park may be limited. This means that you may have to rent things like tables and chairs from somewhere else. When planning your event, you need to budget for additional rentals and delivery of such [...]
Are you someone who can’t spend enough time in the many beautiful State Parks in Washington? Consider being paid to help take care of your favorite places this summer! The state parks are now in the process of hiring park aides and senior park aides for summer 2022.
The many benefits of being a park aide
Each summer, State Parks employs 350 park aides and up to 40 senior park aides to work the busy season, which runs from April through September. Park aides register campers, maintain trails, clean campgrounds and comfort stations and perform a variety of custodial maintenance chores. They also may work in park offices, interact with visitors and help with interpretive and educational programs.
Senior park aides are designated as lead workers and lead other park [...]
If you’re looking to get your New Year off to the right start, choose to be active to start the year. Each year, many of the State Parks offer first day adventures for the public to take part in. Take a look at the options – how will you be active to start the year this year?
Hikes, bike rides, snowshoeing and more!
At least 42 state parks have scheduled staff-led hikes, self-guided hikes, dog strolls, cross-country ski trips and more for New Year’s Day.
State parks in every part of Washington will host free, family-friendly activities for you to join in. Jan. 1 marks the first free park day of 2022. Even better – visitors won’t need a Discover Pass to park on state recreation lands.
The pandemic has led to a rise in outdoor recreation, particularly camping and RV travel. Consequently, it can be harder than ever to reserve some of your favorite State Park campsites. With a little planning ahead, though, you can now be sure to get first in line for the most popular sites.
Campsite Availability Notifications
On the Washington State Park’s reservation website, you can now sign up for campsite availability notifications. This service was frequently requested by users and the Washington State Parks listened.
You can set up notifications on your account to be notified when a reservable site is available for specific dates. You can set up to five notifications, modify them and cancel them on your account. Notifications are available for campsites, cabins, marinas and day-use.
One of the positives to come out of the pandemic is an increased interest in the great outdoors. Outdoor gear and RV sales are booming, and many people are flocking to the state parks to camp for the first time. If you’re new to state park camping, read on for some helpful tips.
Reservations & Check-in
Reservations are an absolute must – hopefully you already got those secured! For popular destinations, you will want to make reservations as soon as they open. Check in procedures will vary by campground, but typically campsite check-in opens at 2:30pm and check-out is at 1pm. Early arrival is generally not encouraged. Staff and volunteers need time to clean and prepare your campsite. If you’re early, a discover pass will allow you to park in [...]
This summer you can add a little adventure to your State Park visit with a simple app. Adventure Lab is a free location-based digital treasure hunt for all ages. The app is designed similar to existing geocaching activities, and will guide you throughout 10 Washington state parks in Island county as you solve questions using physical features within the landscape. With this new kind of interactive experience, you can safely discover the world around you while touching only your mobile phone.
How do I participate?
All you need to do to participate is download the app onto your phone! Once in the app, you simply need to scroll down the lists of parks to find the one you’re visiting. Signing up is [...]
There is nothing worse than planning for an adventure at a state park, only to arrive and discover that conditions are not what you were hoping for. Fortunately, many state parks have now installed live webcams. You can hop onto the park’s website to see exactly what things look like at the park right now. Wondering if there’s still a lot of snow at Lake Wenatchee? Simply visit the website and check out the camera.
Parks with Webcams
Cama Beach Historical State Park
Moran State Park
Wallace Falls State Park
In addition, you can find webcams for many other popular Washington destinations on Northwest Webcams.
Other useful tools on the State Park website
The State Park website also has many other tools to help you plan your next [...]