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Celebrate state parks Saturday – for free

Post by Cheryl Tucker on March 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
March 29, 2013 4:54 pm

We will editorialize Sunday on the dismal state of the state park system as it marks its centennial this month. Even so, there’s a lot to enjoy at the state’s 117 parks – and on Saturday you won’t need a $30 Discover Pass or have to pay the $10 day-use fee.

One of my favorites in the South Sound is Jarrell Cove State Park on Harstine Island in Mason County. It’s a marine park well-known to area boaters, but it’s also accessible by bridge (map). I think it’s a largely undiscovered gem.

The state park I most recently stayed at was Yakima Sportsman State Park. Close to downtown Yakima and near Interstate 82, it’s perfect as a base for wine-touring (map). Bring your mosquito repellent, though. There’s a down side to being so close to the Yakima River and a nearby swampy area (good for bird-watching though).

So enjoy a state park tomorrow – the weather looks outstanding – and consider buying a Discover Pass to help support the system.


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