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 [...]
Are you looking for ways to engage your kids in the great outdoors (instead of their screens) this summer? The Junior Park Ranger program at both the Washington State Parks and the National Parks is a great way to do just that. Junior Rangers take an oath of their own to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share their own ranger story with friends and family. The Junior Ranger booklet and badge program is a fun way for youth and families to explore national and state parks. Designed for youth 4 and up, this self-guided program encourages families to discover the natural and cultural wonders of the park system through fun exploration, games, and creative activities.
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.
The 2021 Sno-Park Permits are now available for purchase. For the first time since 2009, there has been an increases in prices for this year’s permits.
Washington state Sno-Park users enjoy a high-level of service, including cleared parking lots, groomed ski, skate-ski and snowmobile trails, regularly sanitized bathrooms and avalanche beacon check stations in some backcountry areas. The new prices reflect the rising cost of these operations, as well as replacement of aging equipment, including grooming machines.
During the last 12 years, this self-funded program, has opened several new permanent Sno-Parks around the state and created temporary Sno-Parks to meet customer demand.
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 [...]
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 [...]