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Passes needed at all State Parks

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You may notice a new sign at Sacajawea State Park. It says a Discover Pass is needed to get in.  Workers at the Sacajawea Interpretive Center say the new passes are due to recent legislation that's been passed in order to cover expenses for the state parks. In order to come on any state park, starting on Friday, you will need to buy either a day discover pass, which is 10 dollars, or a year pass which is 30.

Workers say it's a tough change, but it's worth it to experience what these parks have to offer. Tax payers used to fund it, but our funding has been altered in such a way now that we have to go out and generate revenue and this is one way of doing that," said Rebecca Hughes who works at Sacajawea says.  

You can get discover passes on the state park website, at the park's themselves, or when buying a fishing or hunting license.

We were told the July 4th weekend will be more of a learning weekend, so stronger enforcement for getting a pass will come next week.