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The Monday Presidents Day holiday is a fee-free day in national forests in Washington state and across the nation.

The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at day-use recreation sites, including trailheads that normally require a Northwest Forest pass.

National parks and Washington state parks are not waiving fees for the holiday. The fee waiver also does not apply to Sno-Parks although they might be located on federal lands. Sno-Park permit programs are sponsored by the states of Washington and Oregon.

Included in the fee waiver in national forests are many picnic areas, boat launches and visitor centers. Concession operations will continue to charge fees unless the permit holder chooses to participate. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions or other permits still apply.


Other fee-free days in national forests in 2016 include:

  • National Trails Day, June 4.
  • National Get Outdoors Day, June 11.
  • National Public Lands Day, Sept. 24.
  • Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Get more details here about Western Washington’s Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest.