State, federal park entrance fees take a holiday off

Staff reportJanuary 12, 2014 

State and federal park agencies are offering fee-free days throughout 2014, starting with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend.

At Washington State Parks, visitors will not need a Discover Pass to enter a park Jan. 19-20.

Other fee-free days in 2014 for State Parks will be March 19, State Parks birthday; April 19, Spring Saturday Free Day; April 22, Earth Day; May 11, Spring Sunday Free Day; June 7-8, National Trails Day and state Free Fishing Weekend; June 14, National Get Outdoors Day; Aug. 25, to honor the National Park Service’s birthday; Sept. 27, National Public Lands Day; and Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

Visitors to National Park Service locations, such as Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks, will not have to pay the entrance fee Jan. 20. The fee varies from park to park, and some parks are always free.

The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites on the same day.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also will waive its entrance fees Jan. 20 as well, meaning it will be free to visit places like Nisqually and Dungeness national wildlife refuges.

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