02 July 2011

Washington's New Discover Pass

Local folks, if you are planning to enjoy a picnic or camping overnight at any of our State Parks this beautiful holiday weekend, heads up that you now need a Discover Pass in order to park any vehicle on State Park property. If you walk in, you're in the clear - but each vehicle (including RV's) need to have this new pass prominently displayed in the windshield, or it's going to set you back a $99 ticket! (GULP!) Here's the rundown:

The $35 annual pass includes the $30 pass fee, a $3 transaction fee and a $2 dealer fee. You can also buy a one-day Discover Pass for $11.50, and that includes the fees. The passes are available at places like:

* Online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov

* At nearly 600 recreational vendors where state fishing and hunting licenses are sold. (Local folks: Big 5 Sporting Goods and Walmart both sell them)

* By phone at (866) 320-9933

* At State Parks headquarters and region offices, and at state parks when staff is available. (Don't always count on them being there, though, although with this holiday weekend, I am sure more staff is available)

* Starting this fall, you can buy a Discovery Pass when you renew your vehicle license.

Now like I stated above, it's tied in to the vehicle, so it doesn't matter if you have a carful of folks - you can carpool. The downside is that it's tied in to that exact license plate/vehicle, so you can't switch it back and forth between cars. :( And this is just STATE parks, not county parks. If you're unsure if a park is state, national, or county before you visit, I suggest Googling the park you intend to visit to check. (Remember National Parks carry a fee, too - this is separate from the new Discover Pass)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

My understanding is that paying for the camp site and putting that stub in the window qualifies as an exemption from the Discovery Pass.
http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/exemptions/

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

Thanks for sharing that link! That's good to know that they have now cleared that up! I had questioned someone at one of the parks last months, but they had said that we needed the pass regardless. I'm glad there are exemptions!