Summer officially starts tomorrow, June 21. And you can now officially purchase the Discover Pass—your ticket to outdoor summer fun on nearly 7 million acres of Washington state-managed lands and water-access sites.
Beginning July 1, the pass is required year round for motor-vehicle access to state parks, boat launches, trails, campgrounds, heritage sites, and wildlife and natural areas managed by DNR, Washington State Parks, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
The annual Discover Pass costs $30; and a one-day pass costs $10. Transaction fees may apply to both passes, depending on where they are purchased. More details about how and where to buy the pass are at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
Revenue from the Discover Pass will keep recreation areas open and accessible to the public. Without this source of funding, DNR and our partner agencies—State Parks and WDFW—would have been forced to shut down and block access to many of the state’s recreation areas. DNR and WDFW will no longer have General Funds (tax revenue) in the upcoming 2011-2013 budget cycle, which begins July 1. State Parks’ General Fund budget has been reduced severely, and will eventually be completely gutted.
You will need the pass on some of the major blocks of DNR-managed state trust lands that are used for recreation and that have developed facilities and trails, as well as many blocks of land that are used for dispersed recreation activities, such as hunting, fishing, bird watching, and geocaching. In addition, you will need the pass to recreate in some Natural Areas.
>> Download a map of DNR-managed lands that will require the Discover Pass
>> Learn more about the Discover Pass in a joint news release.
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