This week’s warm temperatures are drawing large crowds to Washington State’s lakes, rivers, ocean beaches, and Puget Sound.
Rafting, boating, and swimming can be great fun, but we want to make sure you make safety your first priority.
Washington’s cold waters can turn a sunny adventure into a scary situation in a matter of seconds.
Water excursions on DNR-managed land
Look on our Recreation web page to find out which waterside recreation sites on DNR-managed lands are open. Locate resources for safe and sustainable paddling here.
Boater Education Card required
Remember, if you operate a boat, you’ll need to get your Boater Education Card from State Parks and have one U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket available for each person aboard.
Additional water safety reminders come from the Washington State Department of Health.
Something to look forward to…
Cypress Island: rich in DNR’s most popular boat-in campgrounds and day-use recreation sites will open Memorial Day weekend.
Make sure you get your Discover Pass before you go! One $35* Annual Discover Pass grants you vehicle access to DNR recreation sites, campgrounds, trails, and 2.2 million acres of state trust lands.
Most importantly, be safe and have fun!
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*Annual Discover Pass is $35 including transaction and dealer fees if purchased at a license dealer, by phone or online.