Kayaker at Columbia Hills State park

Natural Investment Permit

Annual permit waives watercraft launch, trailer dump and day-use parking fees at Washington State Parks.

Good for one year from the month you purchase it.

When using the NIP in Washington State parks, you will not need a Discover Pass.

It is $80 and interchangeable between vehicles.

How do I get the permit?

Purchase online. We will send it to your mailing address. You'll be emailed a 20-day temporary permit to use right away.

Print an application and mail it in with a check or money order.

Purchase in person

Available at the following locations:

State park headquarters by appointment only Lake Easton
Alta Lake Lake Sammamish
Battle Ground Lake Lake Wenatchee
Belfair Larrabee
Birch Bay Lewis and Clark Trail
Cama Beach Lincoln Rock
Cape Disappointment Maryhill
Daroga Pearrygin Lake
Deception Pass Potholes
Dosewallips Riverside HQ on Charles Rd
Eastern Region office (East Wenatchee) Sacajawea
Fort Casey Sequim Bay
Fort Ebey Steamboat Rock
Fort Flagler Sun Lakes-Dry Falls
Fort Worden Wanapum
Ike Kinswa Wenatchee Confluence
Lake Chelan Yakima Sportsman

Launching your boat for an overnight adventure?

Consider the Annual Moorage permit.

Like to fish?

Purchase a fishing license online from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Do I pay to launch a canoe, paddleboard or kayak?

Yes.  When launching any watercraft from a State park launch site you must pay the $7 launch fee or display your Natural Investment permit. You must also display the permit when using a state park boat launch and/or boat launch parking lot.

Paddle to be seen, make sure you know how to keep yourself safe on your paddle adventures.

New to boating?

Visit Washington State parks boating program to learn about boating safety, pump-out locations and how to get your Boater Education Card.

More questions?

Read regulations that are important to follow while boating. 

If you did not find the answer to your question, please contact the State parks Information Center at infocent@parks.wa.gov or (360) 902-8844.


Contact Us

Name Discount Permit Program
Department Information Center
Phone (360) 902-8844
Email infocent@parks.wa.gov
Fax (360) 586-6640