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  1. Possible shutdown plan for state parks 
    In the unlikely event that the Legislature cannot pass a 2017-19 budget by June 30, the Washington State constitution requires state government to shut down July 1. This would include closure of state parks.     

    We remain optimistic that a budget will be passed on time and that state parks will remain open.  If a shutdown were to occur, reservation holders would receive full refunds for any days they were not able to use due to a government shutdown.    

    More information about contingency planning for state agency operations is available through the Office of Financial Management. 

    Please check this website often for updates. 

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    State Park free days
    Washington State Parks offers several "free days" when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Following are the 2017 State Parks free days:
    • Jan. 1 — First Day Hikes; New Year’s Day
    • Jan. 15-16 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • March 19 — State Park’s 104th birthday
    • April 15  — Spring day
    • April 22 — Earth Day
    • June 3 — National Trails Day
    • June 10 — National Get Outdoors Day
    • Aug. 25 — National Park Service 101st Birthday
    • Sept. 30 — National Public Lands Day
    • Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
    • Nov. 24 — Autumn day
    Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days. Sno-Park permits are still required on free days at designated Sno-Parks during the winter season.


Explore BBQ Flats

When you explore DNR-managed lands, you'll find more than 1,000 miles of trails and 160 sites across 2.2 million acres of state trust lands. It's part of the 5.6 million acres DNR manages to generate revenue for public services and preserve forests, streams and habitat.
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