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December 10, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Know what pass or permit you need before heading to a winter recreation area

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announce changes in requirements to visiting winter recreation areas in Washington.

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 seasonal Sno-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 the Washington State Parks Department website.

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)

For more information about the Discover Pass, including where to purchase the pass, visit the Discover Pass website or call toll free 866-320-9933.

For more information about Sno-Park permits, visit the Washington State Parks Department website or call 360-902-8684, or send an email to winter@parks.wa.gov.

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