Motorized recreation access
Motorized Recreation Access permits allow access for a range of outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, hiking, bicycling, sightseeing, photography – activities that are not allowed are motorcycling, ATVing, snowmobiling and target shooting.
The motorized recreation access program requires a permit for each family, with family defined for the purposes of this permit as married spouses and their children under 19 years of age. Every person in a vehicle entering the property must have a permit or be named on their parent’s permit, even if they are not driving. A limited number of permits are available. Click on the tab for each area for details.
Access is open from January 1st to December 31st except July 3rd, 4th and 5th and during bull elk seasons September 3-15, October 5-11, and November 2-13. Access is allowed from 1 and 1/2 hours before sunrise to 1 and 1/2 hours after sunset through the recreation gates identified on the map. Seasonal closures are dependant on weather and may apply at different times of the year. See web site home page for closure alerts.
Firewood cutting is allowed from designated areas between January 1st and April 14th and again from October 16th through December 31st. Up to five cords of wood are allowed annually per permit if it is available. Maps for firewood units are on line and at the access gates. Please see Rules & Regulations for complete detailed information.
Up to two vehicles may be included on a permit. One vehicle windshield tag is included when the permit is purchased. Permit holders may request a second windshield tag for an additional vehicle by mail or by email using the Contact Us tab. See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ tab) for details.
Camping is allowed at Kapowsin in designated areas with the purchase of an additional camping permit. Camping permits are available only to those who have purchased a motorized access permit for the area. Campgrounds are indicated on the map for each area and campers may only camp in designated campgrounds.
Campfires are allowed within campgrounds outside the state-set fire season, so fires are not allowed from April 15th through October 15th. All other times of the year (January 1-April 14 and October 16 to December 31) fires are allowed within campgrounds only and must be contained by a fire ring.
Camping is allowed for up to 14 consecutive days. After 14 days, all vehicles and equipment must be off the property. See Camping Rules & Regulations for other program details.