The Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) is a key player in helping Washington provide opportunities for outdoor recreation, whether it’s rock climbing, boating, hiking, or just relaxing in the great outdoors.
RCO does this in a variety of ways:
- RCO provides grants to build and renovate parks, trails, waterfront access, and other outdoor spaces.
- RCO creates a statewide recreation plan and tracks trends.
- RCO provides a map of public places to launch your boat.
Finding Places to Play
While RCO doesn’t manage any facilities, its many partners do. Click on the links below to find places to play in Washington’s Great Outdoors.
- Interactive Boat Launch and Moorage Maps
- Washington State Trails Map
- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Nature Tourism
- Washington Department of Natural Resources’ recreation
- Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
- Washington Tourism
- National Park Service
- U.S. Forest Service
- Bureau of Land Management
Plan a Trip to the Beach
Find a BeachThe Washington Department of Ecology has interactive maps to help you find the perfect beach at its Coastal Atlas Web site. You can get detailed information on where to legally access the state’s public beaches, see photographs of trail heads and viewpoints, especially helpful for those not well marked. You can get information about:
- Whether beaches are closed to swimming, with links to advisories and monitoring reports.
- Public boat launches, docks, piers, and marinas.
- Campsite availability, accessibility, hours of operations, fees.
- Amenities such as bathrooms, drinking water, picnic tables, barbeque pits, and whether pets are allowed.
- Hiking trails.
- Links to weather and tide information.
Mobile Ap: Go2Beach
The Puget Sound Partnership's "Go2Beach," is a free mobile application to help smartphone users easily access beaches and shorelines in Washington. This resource integrates the data and information on the Washington Department of Ecology's Coastal Atlas Public Beach Database.
Use your phone to go directly to the app:
Get Your Pass to Adventure
The Discover Pass allows you to enjoy millions of acres of Washington state-managed recreation lands – including state parks, waterfront, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, and trails.
The Discover Pass must be displayed on your vehicle when visiting state recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. The fine for not displaying the pass is $99.The Discover Pass may be purchased:
- In person from any of nearly 600 recreational license vendors where state fishing and hunting licenses are sold.
- By telephone 866-320-9933
- When you renew your vehicle license (Your pass will be mailed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and should arrive between 7 to 10 business days after the date of purchase.)
- At State Parks headquarters and region offices, and at state parks when staff is available
Thank you for supporting Washington state recreation lands.