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Washington State Parks, Department of Natural Resources launch new winter recreation pass requirements

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Dec. 7, 2011 at 11:48 am with No Comments »
December 7, 2011 11:51 am

Winter Pass infoFrom the Washington Department of Natural Resources:

Washington State Parks and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announce changes in requirements to visiting winter recreation areas in Washington state. The changes affect whether a Sno-Park permit or a Discover Pass will be required to access state-managed winter recreation areas and Sno-Parks.


Visitors who have a current seasonal Sno-Park permit will not need to purchase a Discover Pass to visit a designated Sno-Park area between November 1 and March 31 for winter recreation activities. The seasonalSno-Park permit is $40. A one-day Sno-Park permit is $20. Some non-motorized Sno-Parks require a Special Groomed Trail sticker for an additional $40. For more information, visit


DNR manages several winter recreation trailheads, which are no longer part of the Sno-Park system. For these areas, visitors will need an annual or day-use Discover Pass at the following:

  • ·         The Ahtanum Winter Recreation Areas in Yakima County
  • ·         Lily Lake in Chelan County
  • ·         Rattlesnake in Yakima County
  • ·         Manastash in Kittitas County (Note: Manastash is not open this season due to storm damage from last spring.)


An annual Discover Pass costs $30 and a day-use pass is $10. (Transaction fees apply when purchased from a retail provider.)


In addition, those who purchase a one-day Sno-Park permit will also need an annual or one-day Discover Pass to visit the following locations:

  • ·         Crystal Springs Sno-Park
  • ·         Hyak Sno-Park
  • ·         Easton Reload Sno-Park
  • ·         Lake Easton State Park
  • ·         Lake Wenatchee State Park
  • ·         Fields Spring State Park
  • ·         Mount Spokane State Park
  • ·         Mount Tahoma Trail System (managed by DNR)


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