Washington State Parks free weekend day-use and fishing

PALOUSE FALLS, WA - If you're interested in heading outdoors this weekend we've got some good news for you.

This Saturday and Sunday anyone can get into any Washington State Park, for free. There are more than 100 parks all over the state. Some in our area are Palouse Falls and the Lewis-Clark Trail.

Virginia Painter is the communication director for Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. She said this only happens a couple times during the year, so people should take advantage of this offer when they can.

"We've always charged camping fees, so those are still in place," said Painter. "This free access day allows you to go in any day. You can have a picnic, take a hike. All of our parks are beautiful and there's something special about each one of them. I know first hand, because I've been to all of them."

Even though state parks have free access this weekend, Department of Fish and Wildlife or natural resource sites do not. You'll still need to pay an entry fee... but this weekend is also free fishing weekend for fish and wildlife. So, you can fish for free at any of their parks. Painter said she hopes people still pay to visit the parks throughout the year because that's their main source of funding.