Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
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Agency overview
Formed1913; 109 years ago (1913)
Headquarters1111 Israel Road S.W.,
Olympia, Washington[1]
Annual budget$148.6 million (2011–13 biennium)[1]
Websitewww.parks.wa.gov

The Washington State Park System is a set of state parks owned by the state government of Washington, USA. They are managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. There are over 140 parks throughout the state, including 19 marine parks and 11 Historical Parks.

The park system was established in 1913 by the creation of the Washington State Board of Park Commissioners.[2] The first two parks were formed from donated land in 1915, and by 1929 the state had seven parks. In 1947 the State Parks Committee was renamed to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and given authority to oversee the state park system. By 1960 the number of state parks had increased to 130.

In 2003, the Washington State Legislature introduced a $5-a-day parking fee, meant to fund park-related construction projects; more than a quarter of the fees collected went into the fee-collection system itself.[3] Park use decreased more than 15% under the fees. The fee was rescinded in early 2006, returning the state park system to its status of the only system in the West without day-use fees.[4] In 2011 the legislature enacted a $10 day-use permit and a $30 annual pass, called the Discover Pass, for vehicles to enter state parks, lands owned or managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and designated lands of the Washington Department of Natural Resources.[5][6] Funds generated from the sale of the Discover Pass are deposited into the Recreation Access Pass Account. The new fees did not raise as much money as was hoped, though another effort to encourage donation when renewing certain state licenses (including driver's licenses) was more successful than officials expected.

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Name Image County Size[7] Details
acres ha
Alta Lake
View of Alta Lake
Okanogan 181 73 Camping at the north end of 2-mile-long (3.2 km) Alta Lake
Anderson Lake
Lake and trees with a danger sign and red tape surrounding it
Jefferson 476 193 Trails, non-motorized boating, and lake fishing on Quimper Peninsula
Battle Ground Lake
Aerial view of Battle Ground Lake State park
Clark 280 110 Fishing, swimming, camping, and trails in and around an ancient volcano crater
Bay View
Padilla Bay as seen from Bayview State Park
Skagit 25 10 Camping, swimming, and boating on Padilla Bay
Beacon Rock
Large rock nearby water
Skamania 5,100 2,100 Volcanic monolith and forested uplands on the Columbia River
Belfair
Beach with tide flats and land in distance
Mason 65 26 Tidal flats, wetlands, and beaches on Hood Canal
Birch Bay
Birch Bay panorama
Whatcom 194 79 Camping, shellfish harvesting on Birch Bay
Blake Island
Blake Island surrounded by water
Kitsap 475 192 Island park in Puget Sound; home of Tillicum Village
Blind Island
Picnic table and trees on Blind Island
San Juan 3 1.2 Part of the Cascadia Marine Trail
Bogachiel
Forest with tall soggy trees and a bunch of moss and ferns
Clallam 123 50 Camping on the Bogachiel River
Bottle Beach
Sunset over a beach at low tide with land in the distance
Grays Harbor 75 30 Tidal flats on the southern shore of Grays Harbor
Bridgeport
Geese on lake with barren hill in background
Okanogan 748 303 Camping, boating on Rufus Woods Lake
Bridle Trails
A tree in a forested area
King 482 195 Suburban equestrian park with 28 miles (45 km) of trails
Brooks Memorial
Thinly wooded forest, looking up to the canopy
Klickitat 700 280 Trails and camping in the southern Cascade Mountains
Cama Beach
Little pink houses
Island 433 175 Preserved 1930s seaside tourist camp
Camano Island
Rocky beach with covered with driftwood
Island 134 54 Camping and water activities on Puget Sound
Cape Disappointment
A lighthouse atop a rocky cliff overlooking water
Pacific 1,882 762 Formerly called Fort Canby: World War I-era naval gun emplacements and bunkers; camping and water activities near the southern tip of Long Beach Peninsula
Centennial Trail   Spokane 525 212 37-mile (60 km) paved trail following the Spokane River from Nine Mile Falls to the Idaho border
Clark Island
Aerial view of small forested island
San Juan 55 22 Marine camping on the Strait of Georgia in the San Juan Islands
Columbia Hills
Waterfalls in the distance
Klickitat 3,338 1,351 Formed from the merger of Horsethief Lake and Dalles Mountain Ranch state parks with hiking trails and Columbia River water activities
Columbia Plateau Trail
A rail trail overlooking a stream in a shallow valley
Adams 3,880 1,570 130-mile (210 km) abandoned railroad right-of-way running between Cheney and Pasco
Conconully
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Okanogan 81 33 Camping and water activities on Conconully Reservoir
Crawford
Flowstone formation
Pend Oreille 49 20 Seasonal tours of the limestone formations in Gardner Cave
Curlew Lake   Ferry 123 50 Camping and water activities on Curlew Lake
Cutts Island
Small butte-shaped island topped with trees
Pierce 2 0.81 Island park in Carr Inlet at the southern end of Puget Sound
Daroga
Daroga State Park
Douglas 90 36 Camping and water activities on the Columbia River
Dash Point
Beach at low tide with forest in background
King 398 161 Camping, trails, and water activities on Puget Sound
Deception Pass
A green bridge spanning some water
Island 4,134 1,673 Camping, water activities, and old-growth forest at the northern end of Whidbey Island
Doe Island   San Juan 7 2.8 Island park southeast of Orcas Island
Dosewallips
Tidal shoreline decorated with spruce trees
Jefferson 425 172 Camping and water activities on Hood Canal
Doug's Beach   Klickitat 400 160 Windsurfing in the Columbia Gorge
Eagle Island State Park   Pierce 10 4.0 Island park in southern Puget Sound
Federation Forest
Tall evergreen trees in an old-growth forest
King 619 251 Hiking amid old-growth Douglas firs on the White River
Fields Spring
Hills in the distance as viewed from highground
Asotin 792 321 Trails in the Blue Mountains region
Flaming Geyser
A small flame coming from a cylindrical concrete slab surrounded by rocks
King 480 190 Flaming methane geysers (seeps); rafting on the Green River
Forks of the Sky King 1,300 530
Fort Casey
A canon in an embarkment overlooking water
Island 467 189 World War I-era naval gun emplacements and bunkers
Fort Columbia
Historic building on a slight hill
Pacific 593 240 Early 20th-century coastal artillery and historic wood-frame fort buildings
Fort Ebey
Seascape
Island 645 261 Camping, paragliding, and trails on the Strait of Juan de Fuca
Fort Flagler
Deer grazing on grass in front of historic buildings
Jefferson 784 317 World War I-era naval gun emplacements and bunkers at the mouth of Puget Sound
Fort Simcoe
Wooden structure surrounded by yellow grassland
Yakima 200 81 1850s-era military installation on the Yakama Indian Reservation with army and Native American interpretive displays
Fort Townsend
Abandoned brick structure surrounded by forest
Jefferson 367 149 Boating, camping, and trails at the northeastern extreme of the Olympic Peninsula
Fort Worden
Historic buildings behind a flag pole
Jefferson 434 176 Camping, water activities, and the Coast Artillery Museum
Ginkgo Petrified Forest
Petrified wood below park signage
Kittitas 7,470 3,020 A petrified forest with more than 50 species of wood; camping and water activities on the Columbia River's Wanapum Reservoir
Goldendale Observatory
Skyline of observatories
Klickitat 5 2.0 An astronomical observatory
Grayland Beach
Sandy beach with sunbeams peeking through overcast sky
Pacific 412 167 Saltwater beach activities on the Pacific Ocean
Griffiths-Priday
Grassy field with shrubs and distant trees
Grays Harbor 364 147 Saltwater beach activities on the Pacific Ocean
Harstine Island
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Mason 471 191 Beach access
Hope Island (Mason County)   Mason 106 43 Old-growth forest, salt marsh, beach on Puget Sound
Hope Island (Skagit County)   Skagit 200 81 Island camping on Skagit Bay
Ike Kinswa
River flowing through valley surrounded by forested mountains
Lewis 454 184 Water activities on Lake Mayfield
Illahee
Small beach as seen through a higher vantage point obscured by trees
Kitsap 75 30 Saltwater beach activities on Puget Sound
Iron Horse
Cross country skiers on a snow covered path between trees
Kittitas,
King
1,612 652 Rail trail over Snoqualmie Pass
Jackson House
Restored Jackson House
Lewis County 1.4 0.57 Restored 1850 cabin and homestead site of early Euro-American settlers John R. and Matilda Jackson
James Island   San Juan 117 47 Island camping in the San Juan Islands
Jarrell Cove
Sailboat with forested shore in background
Mason 43 17 Saltwater activities on south Puget Sound
Joemma Beach
Sun peeking through tall old-growth trees
Pierce 122 49 Saltwater activities on south Puget Sound
Jones Island   San Juan 190 77 Island camping in the San Juan Islands
Joseph Whidbey
Looking down grassy hillside towards beach on cloudy day
Island 112 45 Saltwater beach activities on the Strait of Juan de Fuca
Kanaskat-Palmer
Rapids of the Green River near pebble beaches
King 320 130 Whitewater rafting in the Green River Gorge
Kinney Point   Jefferson 76 31 Saltwater beach activities on south Puget Sound
Kitsap Memorial
Hood Canal with mountains in background
Kitsap 58 23 Saltwater beach activities on south Hood Canal
Kopachuck
Kopachuck State Park beach
Pierce 109 44 Saltwater beach activities on south Puget Sound
Lake Chelan
View of Lake Chelan with barren hills in background
Chelan 127 51 Camping, water activities on Lake Chelan
Lake Easton
Lake Easton with a distant beach on the opposite side
Kittitas 516 209 Camping, water activities on Lake Easton
Lake Isabella   Mason 188 76  
Lake Sammamish
Picnic tables on a grassy field near a large lake
King 512 207  
Lake Sylvia
Small stream in a forest flowing below an old wooden dam
Grays Harbor 252 102  
Lake Wenatchee
A lake as it encounters foothills covered in trees
Chelan 489 198  
Larrabee
A steep rocky coastline covered in trees
Whatcom 2,683 1,086  
Leadbetter Point
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Pacific 1,698 687  
Lewis and Clark
Informational sign by a large Douglar Fir tree
Lewis 621 251  
Lewis and Clark Trail   Columbia 37 15  
Lime Kiln Point
A small lighthouse on a rocky near a rocky coastline
San Juan 36 15 A facility for orca whale research
Lincoln Rock
Steep rocky cliff and sandy hillside rising from a lake
Douglas 80 32  
Lyons Ferry Franklin 1,000 400 Returned to Washington State Parks operation in 2015
Loomis Lake   Pacific 385 156  
Manchester
Manchester State Park Torpedo Building.JPG
Kitsap 111 45  
Maryhill
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Klickitat 99 40  
Matia Island   San Juan 145 59  
McMicken Island   Mason 11.5 4.7  
Millersylvania
Calm lake with trees on the opposite side in the distance
Thurston 842 341  
Moran
A small pier into Mountain Lake
San Juan 5,000 2,000  
Mount Pilchuck
A small structure on a rocky summit
Snohomish 1,893 766  
Mount Spokane
A wooded mountain in the distance
Spokane 13,919 5,633  
Mystery Bay   Jefferson 10 4.0  
Nolte
Small lake surrounded by forest
King 117 47  
Obstruction Pass
Gravelly beach with islands in the distance
San Juan 76 31  
Ocean City
Low tide beach under overcast sky with tiny silhouettes of people in the distance
Grays Harbor 170 69  
Olallie
Snoqualmie River flowing through a heavily wooded area
King 2,338 946  
Olmstead Place
Small red cottage surrounded by garden
Kittitas 217 88  
Pacific Beach
Stagnant stream of water surrounded by flat grassland near the beach
Grays Harbor 10 4.0  
Pacific Pines
A small trail through a field with high grass and small shrubs
Pacific 10 4.0  
Palouse Falls
A waterfall surrounded by rocky cliffs with a rainbow visible above the water
Franklin, Whitman 105 42  
Paradise Point
A small sandy river beach with concrete bridges overhead
Clark 88 36  
Patos Island
A lighthouse in the distance on the Patos Island
San Juan 207 84  
Peace Arch
A white stone arch in a grassy lawn in front of a line of automobiles
Whatcom 20 8.1 A peace memorial on the United States-Canada border
Pearrygin Lake
Green rolling hills under an overcast sky with some breaks in the clouds
Okanogan 696 282  
Penrose Point
Motorboat at a dock with a forest on the shore
Pierce 152 62  
Peshastin Pinnacles
Pointed rock formations with a few small shrubs
Chelan 34 14  
Pleasant Harbor   Jefferson 425 172  
Posey Island
Barbecue pit surrounded by dry grass and shrubs with the sound in the background
San Juan 1 0.40  
Potholes
Aerial view of a large reservoire surrounded by fields
Grant 640 260  
Potlatch   Mason 125 51  
Rainbow Falls
Small waterfall passing between boulders in front of some trees
Lewis 139 56  
Rasar
Sandy bank of a wide river with a strand of trees and a hillside on the other side
Skagit 169 68  
Reed Island   Clark 510 210  
Riverside
A stream of water in front curving around some large boulders
Spokane 10,885 4,405  
Rockport
Densely populated greenery in a forest
Skagit 670 270  
Sacajawea
A museum building surrounded by trees
Franklin 284 115  
Saddlebag Island   San Juan 24 9.7  
Saint Edward
A dense forest with shrubs
King 316 128  
Saltwater
Picnic tables on a lawn surrounded by a steep rocky beach
King 87.4 35.4  
Scenic Beach
Distant blue mountains separated from viewer by a large body of water
Kitsap 88 36  
Schafer
River flowing between a mix of coniferous trees and leafless shrubs
Mason 119 48  
Seaquest
Seaquest State Park
Cowlitz 475 192  
Sequim Bay Clallam 92 37  
Shine Tidelands
Driftwood-laden shoreline with forested piece of steep-cliffed land in the distance
Jefferson 13 5.3  
Skagit Island   Skagit 24 9.7  
Skull Island   San Juan 3.2 1.3  
South Whidbey
A black and white image of a large cedar looking up from the ground
Island 347 140  
Spencer Spit
Driftwood on a beach with some small watercraft in the nearby water
San Juan 138 56  
Spring Creek Hatchery
Windsurfers on the river with a forested hillside in the background
Skamania 9.6 3.9  
Squak Mountain
View from the top of a tall hill overlooking more hills
King 1,545 625  
Squilchuck
Dirt trail with bike tracks and a forest and hill in the background
Chelan 228 92  
Steamboat Rock
Large plateau separated from the viewer by some water
Grant 3,522 1,425  
Steptoe Battlefield
White stone obelisk surrounded by grass and a black fence
Whitman 4 1.6  
Steptoe Butte
Small paved road approaching a hill surrounded by fields
Whitman 150 61  
Stretch Point   Mason 8 3.2  
Stuart Island
Aerial view of low forested islands
San Juan 85 34  
Sucia Island
Sail boats anchored off a beach covered with driftwood
San Juan 814 329  
Sun Lakes-Dry Falls
High point view of a body of water surrounded by steep cliffs
Grant 4,027 1,630  
Tolmie
Mud flats of the Puget Sound through foliage.
Thurston 105 42  
Triton Cove
Shoreline covered in a mix of grass, trees, and shrubs
Jefferson 29 12  
Turn Island   San Juan 35 14 Part of San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Twanoh
Picnic tables, empty parking lot, grass fields, and a lone tree with the water in the background
Mason 182 74  
Twenty-Five Mile Creek
Creek in a forest with some burnt stumps visible
Chelan 235 95  
Twin Harbors
Ocean with breaking waves under a dark and stormy sky
Grays Harbor 172 70  
Wallace Falls
A large waterfall flowing between green forests
Snohomish 4,735 1,916  
Wenatchee Confluence
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Chelan 197 80  
Westhaven   Grays Harbor 79 32  
Westport Light
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Grays 212 86  
Yakima Sportsman
Shrubs and trees next to a river with brown hills in background
Yakima 247 100  

Former state parks

Name County Area Image Remarks
acres ha
Central Ferry Park Whitman 185 75   Administered by USACE;[8] formerly Central Ferry State Park (?–2002)
Chief Timothy Park Asotin 198 80   Administered by USACE;[9] formerly Chief Timothy State Park (?–2002)
Crow Butte Park Benton 275 111   Administered by Port of Benton;[10] formerly Crow Butte State Park (?–2002)
Damon Point Grays Harbor 61 25
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Administered by Washington Recreation and Conservation Office
Fay Bainbridge Park Kitsap 17 6.9
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Administered by Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District
Fort Okanogan Okanogan 45 18
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Administered by Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Fort Ward Park Kitsap 137 55   Administered by Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District
Griffin Bay San Juan 15 6.1    
Hanging Gardens King 434 176   Now Hanging Gardens Site within the Green River Gorge Conservation Area
Mukilteo Lighthouse Park Snohomish 12 4.9
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Formerly Mukilteo State Park, deeded to City of Mukilteo in 2004
Osoyoos Lake Okanogan 47 19   Now Osoyoos Lake Veteran's Memorial Park, operated by city of Oroville
Upright Channel San Juan 20 8.1    
Wenberg County Park Snohomish 46 19   Formerly Wenberg State Park; transferred to Snohomish County in 2009
West Hylebos Wetlands Park King 120 49    
Westhaven Grays Harbor 79 32   Subsumed into the expanded Westport Light State Park in 2016.[11][12]

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References

  1. ^ a b "Commission and agency information". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  2. ^ "Washington State Parks History". Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  3. ^ Judd, Ron (March 30, 2006). "Parks are fee-free again, as they should be". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 24, 2009.
  4. ^ Ammons, David (March 21, 2006). "$5 fee at parks is gone". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 24, 2009.
  5. ^ Wong, Queenie (April 21, 2011). "Bill for parks fee goes to Gregoire". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  6. ^ "SB 5622 - 2011-12". Washington State Legislature. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  7. ^ "Comprehensive List of State Park Names by Region". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Central Ferry Park". USACE. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "Chief Timothy Park". USACE. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  10. ^ "Crow Butte Park". Port of Benton. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  11. ^ "Westport Light State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "Second Washington State Parks public meeting scheduled for Aug. 31 in Westport". The Daily World. Aberdeen, Wash. August 18, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2018.