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Washington state parks remain open | Federal shutdown news

As news of the Federal Government shutdown reaches the public today, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission reminds visitors that state parks remain open and available as normal, moving into the fall and winter season.

The fall season in Washington typically is inviting to visitors, as fall colors and intermittent sunny weather lures recreationists out to enjoy parks for overnight RV and other camping, for daytime activities such as hiking and biking and for special vacation house rental stays in historic houses, cabins and yurts. The Federal Government shutdown reportedly includes national parks and U.S. Forest Service offices and sites.

Most state park day-use areas and many campgrounds in the Washington state park system remain open year-round, though  specific areas within some parks have partial closures or limited access as winter gets under way. The State Parks winter schedule will be finalized and made available later this month so visitors can plan trips and continue to enjoy state parks.

In the meantime, visitors are encouraged to visit the Washington State Parks web site, www.parks.wa.gov, to learn about parks, trails and activities available to enjoy during the fall season.

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParkswww.twitter.com/WAStatePkswww.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks andwww.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site atwww.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

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