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Fee-Free Days for 2014

Posted by Susan Elderkin at Jan 16, 2014 12:05 PM |
Federal and state public lands agencies have recently announced their fee free days for 2014. These are dates where you can park at trailheads or recreation facilities without hanging a Northwest Forest Pass or Discover Pass or paying a park or refuge entrance fee. WTA has compiled all of the 2014 dates below—18 in total—along with which agencies are recognizing each date.
Fee-Free Days for 2014

Comet Falls in Mount Rainier National Park is a great summer destination for 1 of the 11 National Park Service fee-free days in 2014. Photo by Rob Mapes.

Federal and state public lands agencies have recently announced their fee-free days for 2014. These are dates where you can park at trailheads or recreation facilities without hanging a Northwest Forest Pass or Discover Pass or paying a park or refuge entrance fee.

Plan to explore a new area on a fee free day

WTA has compiled all of the 2014 dates below—18 in total—along with which agencies are recognizing each date. Some dates, say National Public Lands Day, are fee-free across all federal and state agencies. Others, such as Earth Day, are recognized only by one agency (Washington State Parks).

Also note that Washington State Parks is the only state public lands agency that has fee free days. The Department of Natural Resources and Washington Fish & Wildlife have none. There are no fee free days at places like Mount Si or Ancient Lakes.

Balancing funding for public lands with access for all

WTA encourages hikers to purchase the Northwest Forest Pass and Discover Pass. Revenue from these passes helps fund vital services at trailheads, recreational facilities and parks across the state.

Fee-free days, however, are a great way to introduce new people to public lands and trails and provides opportunities for those who cannot afford to purchase a pass. \

Please refer to WTA's Recreation Pass Info page for a comprehensive run-down on all passes for public lands in Washington State.

Federal and State Fee Free Days for 2014

Date(s)

Event

Participating Agencies

January 19-20

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend

Washington State Parks

 

January 20

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend

National Park Service
US Forest Service
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management

 

February 15-17

 

Presidents Day Weekend

National Park Service
US Forest Service
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
March 19 Washington State Parks Birthday Washington State Parks
April 19 Spring Saturday free day Washington State Parks


April 19-20


National Parks opening weekend

National Park Service
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
April 22 Earth Day Washington State Parks
June 7 National Trails Day US Forest Service
June 7-8 Free Fishing Weekend Washington State Parks
June 14 National Get Outdoors Day US Forest Service
Washington State Parks

August 25

National Park Service Birthday
National Park Service
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Washington State Parks

 

September 27

 

National Public Lands Day

National Park Service
US Forest Service
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Washington State Parks
November 8-11
Veterans Day weekend
US Forest Service

 

November 11

 

Veterans Day

National Park Service
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Washington State Parks

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