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      Over one third of Washington state is covered in parks and national forests. Their diversity is unparalleled, from Pacific Ocean beaches and temperate rain forests to glacier-clad peaks, deserts, and river gorges. There are petrified forests and Indian petroglyphs. Wildlife is abundant and the scenery is breathtaking. Washington is home to some of the country's most spectacular national park lands - Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, Mount Saint Helens National Monument, North Cascades National Park, and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The Washington state parks system is extremely popular - attracting millions of visitors annually to a variety of well-maintained campgrounds and unique day-use facilities.
      Washington's parks offer recreational opportunities for every interest: camping, climbing, hiking and backpacking, fishing and shellfishing, boating, wildlife viewing and photography, mountain biking, rafting and kayaking, skiing and boarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, berry picking, mushroom gathering, horseback riding, rockhounding, beachcombing, spelunking, and more.
      There are entrance fees at most Washington state national parks, and backcountry permits are required for all overnight stays in the national parks. Trail passes are also required for many national forests and wilderness areas in Washington. Day use at all Washington state parks is free, however, there are fees for camping, moorage, boat launches, and some group facilities. In winter, permits for sno-park facilities are required in participating state parks and national forests.
      National Park campgrounds are on a first-come, first-served basis, except for Mount Rainier where reservations for certain campgrounds are required July 1 through Labor Day. Most national forest campgrounds, along with the National Recreation Areas, are also first-come, first-served, except for large group facilities. Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, along with a few others, take advance reservations for some campgrounds. Gifford Pinchot, Olympic, and Umatilla National Forests offer a few cabins - rental arrangements are made at the ranger stations.
      Popular Washington state parks fill up quickly between Memorial Day and Labor Day. These include Lake Chelan, Twenty-Five Mile Creek, Steamboat Rock, Deception Pass, Lake Wenatchee, Sun Lakes, Birch Bay, Potholes, Chief Timothy, Fort Canby, Battleground, Moran, Saltwater, Fort Worden, and others on the Olympic Peninsula and Pacific Ocean beaches. Advance reservations are taken for peak season camping at many designated parks. In addition to state park campgrounds, day-use parks, and marine parks (accessible by water), the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission oversees the operation of numerous heritage sites and interpretive centers scattered throughout the state. The commission also offers unique vacation housing in the form of historical homes, cabins, lodges and conference centers for rent.
      Remember to "Keep Washington Green & Clean" - practice the Leave No-Trace ethic and follow current fire regulations. Leashed pets are allowed in campgrounds and on many trails. However, they are strictly prohibited on all national park trails and in many wilderness areas. Unloading facilities and trails for pack animals are provided in designated parks and national forests.
      Washington's city and regional parks are located under Parks, Gardens, Zoos & Nature Areas in our Distinctly Washington section. Wildlife refuges are under Flora & Fauna in the Outdoor Fun. For more information on Washington's sno-park system see Skiing & Winter Recreation in Outdoor Fun.
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National Parks & Forests Map

National Parks

Outdoor Recreation Information Center
(206) 470-4060
222 Yale Ave. N, Seattle, 98109

Columbia Cascades Cluster - Encompasses National Parks and other National Designated Areas in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
(503) 386-2333
902 Wasco Ave., #200, Hood River, Oregon 97031

Forest Service Information Center-Washington
(509) 427-2528
1131 SW Skamania Lodge Dr., Stevenson 98648

Area Overview

Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve
(360) 678-6084
PO Box 774, Coupeville 98239
Park Guide - "unofficial," but very informative

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
(360) 696-7655
612 E Reserve St., Vancouver 98661-3897
Park Guide - "unofficial," but very informative

Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area
(Also see Wallowa-Whitman National Forest)

Hell's Canyon NRA Field Office
(509) 758-0616
PO Box 699
2535 Riverside
Clarkston, 99403

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
(206) 553-7220
117 S. Main St. (Pioneer Square), Seattle 98104
Park Guide - "unofficial," but very informative

Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
(360) 856-5700
2105 Hwy 20, Sedro Woolley 98284
Park Overview

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
(509) 633-9441
PO Box 37, Coulee Dam 99116

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
(608) 264-5610
700 Rayovac Dr, Ste 100, Madison, Wisconsin 53711
The Journey of the Corps of Discovery - an excellent resource on the Lewis & Clark Expedition

Mount Rainier National Park
(360) 569-2211
Tahoma Woods, Star Route, Ashford 98304-9751
Park Guide - "unofficial," but very informative
Park Overview
The Sleeping Volcano
A Summit Climb
NPS News Releases - includes road and trail closures due to winter storm damage
Current Recreational Forecast
White River Ranger District - information on roads, campgrounds, and other facilities

Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
(360) 247-3900
42218 N.E. Yale Bridge Road, Amboy 98601
Gifford Pinchot National Forest - includes information about Mount St. Helens, and access and facilities on the northeast side of the mountain
Park Guide - "unofficial," but very informative
Park Overview
Area Map
Ape Cave Lava Tube - includes a description, hiking information, and road guide
Eruption of Mt. St. Helens
Graphic - illustrates the devastation resulting from the May 18, 1980 eruption

Nez Perce National Historic Park
(208) 843-2261
PO Box 93, Spalding, ID 83551
Park Guide - "unofficial," but very informative

North Cascades National Park
(360) 856-5700
2105 Highway 20, Sedro Woolley 98284
Park Guide - "unofficial," but very informative
Park Overview

Olympic National Park
(360) 452-0330
3002 Mount Angeles Rd., Port Angeles 98362
Park Guide - "unofficial," but very informative
Park Overview
Olympic National Park Guide
Online Tours - hiking maps, photos, and camping information
NPS Press Releases - includes road and trail closures

Ross Lake National Recreation Area
(360) 856-5700
2105 Hwy 20, Sedro Woolley 98284
Park Overview

San Juan Island National Historical Park
(360) 378-2240
PO Box 429, Friday Harbor 98250
Park Guide - "unofficial," but very informative

Whitman Mission National Historic Site
(509) 522-6360
Route 2, Box 247, Walla Walla 99362
Park History
Park Guide - "unofficial," but very informative

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National Forests

National Recreation Reservation Service - NF Campground Reservations
(518) 885-3639
Toll-free: (877) 444-6777, TDD (877) 833-6777

Nature of the Northwest
(503) 872-2750, TTD 503-808-3075 800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 177
Portland, Oregon 97232

A Virtual Visitors Center operating in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region; carries a full range of outdoor-related publications and maps

Colville National Forest
(509) 684-3711
695 S Main St., Colville 99114
Forest Overview

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
(360) 891-5000, recorded information 891-5009, TTY 891-5003
10600 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, 98668
Interactive Panoramas

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
(425) 775-9702
21905 64th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace 98043
Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area
Forest Overview

Okanogan National Forest
(509) 826-3275
1240 S Second Ave., Okanogan 98840
Forest Overview

Olympic National Forest
(360) 956-2400
1835 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Olympia 98502
Forest Overview

Umatilla National Forest
(509) 522-6290
1415 W Rose Ave., Walla Walla 99362

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
(Also see National Parks - Hell's Canyon National Recreation Area)

Supervisor's Office
(503) 523-6391
PO Box 907
1550 Dewey Ave
Baker City, OR 97814

Hell's Canyon NRA Field Office
(509) 758-0616
PO Box 699
2535 Riverside
Clarkston, 99403

Forest Overview
Area Information

Wenatchee National Forest
(509) 662-4335
215 Melody Ln., Wenatchee 98801-5933
Naches Ranger District
Forest Overview

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