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WA State Parks Revenue Checkpoints

Taking the fun out of WA State Parks


Taxpayers out $45,000 in Discover Pass sales-


Please visit beautiful Washington State.

Experience the beauty of hot air balloons lifting off near scenic wineries.

Plan your reunion here. Plan your convention here. Travel to spend your money here. Tell your nationwide RV club- this is the perfect destination.

Purchase your daytime parking passes in advance. Pull up to the park & get screwed with.

Please tell your friends.


No state money for parks: what next?


At Fort Flagler this past weekend- all vehicles had to wait in the camping registration line to show the pass they had already purchased.


I submitted a comment on this website (click twice to enlarge)

My comment:

“No delays or waiting in line for those who have a valid Discover Pass?

Not at Fort Flagler this past weekend- all vehicles had to wait in the camping registration line to show the pass they had already purchased.”

The comment was never posted/was screened out by moderators. 24 hours later the page was removed. The page was edited and reposted here.


Old policy-

People who need to register to camp must stop at the guard shack to sign in & pay.

People who are in the middle of their camping stay & people who have already purchased a valid daytime parking pass use the lane provided to bypass the cars waiting in line to register.


New policy?

Went to visit the park this afternoon- two orange cones were in place blocking off the lane normally used to bypass the camping registration procedure.

Several cars were waiting in the registration line when we arrived. Two or three cars showed up after us to wait in line. A large RV up front went through the complete registration process- was provided with campground maps, rules, etc. Looked like a friendly and unhurried check-in procedure.

The drivers of several cars lost patience and drove around the cones. I decided to wait the 5 or 10 minutes to ask what the new proceedure was all about. I got to the front of the line and found out that all visitors were being stopped on a busy summer afternoon and asked to show papers.


I have purchased a State Parks day use pass every year they have been available over the past 10 years or so. Never, before today, have I been stopped at an entrance checkpoint to wait in line to show the pass. Looks like purchasing the pass now means waiting behind others who have showed up to camp for a few days & those who still need to buy a pass- sort of like checking into a motel room- going out to dinner- then returning to stand in line again at the motel desk to prove you have already checked in.


Only a portion of Fort Flagler has access controlled by a guard shack. None of Fort Worden is controlled by a checkpoint, so people can find other ways to enter park property if they want to.


When the Discover Pass was introduced- it did not seem to be required for a short bathroom break:

“The new rules allow some leeway. At Battle Ground Lake, for example, four 15-minute parking spaces allow visitors to swing in for a bathroom break or to retrieve belongings they left behind. No pass required.”

Looks like part of your 15 minutes will now be used waiting in line to explain yourself at the checkpoint?


Maybe the parks are short on staff to check parked cars for valid permits. Maybe they’ll use funds from the new pass to hire more pass checkers and set up new guard shacks and compliance checkpoints.


Suggestion- when the cones are blocking the bypass lane at the park entrance- wait in line to enter the park, then park at the guard shack- holding up traffic.

Don’t leave until a supervisor comes down to explain the new policy.


Possibly related-

State auditor: Fort Flagler sewer project ‘wastes millions’