Outdoors

Some things in life are free, such as your favorite state park 3 days in June

Olmstead Place State Park in Ellensburg will be free to visitors on June 2 and June 9-10.
Olmstead Place State Park in Ellensburg will be free to visitors on June 2 and June 9-10. Courtesy

Mark your calendars: Three dates in June have been designated as free days by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, which manages more than 100 state parks.

The free dates are June 2 and June 9-10 in recognition of National Trails Day, National Get Outdoors Day and the second day of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife's free fishing weekend, the state Parks and Recreation Commission announced this week.

That means you do not need a Discover Pass to visit a state park on those dates.

If you're too busy in June, state parks also will offer free admission on Aug. 25, Sept. 22 and Nov. 11.

After legislation created the Discover Pass to access state parks, it also provided that the state Parks and Recreation Commission could designate as many as 12 free days each year.

The Discover Pass will still be required those days on state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources land.

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