Park and Vehicle Permit Information
All vehicles entering a Washington County Park must display a daily or annual vehicle permit, including vehicles belonging to registered campers and picnic shelter users. No Drop-offs allowed. The annual vehicle permit is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. Permits are also honored in Anoka and Carver County parks.
Vehicle permits are not required at Point Douglas Park, along the Hardwood Creek Trail, or at the Historic Courthouse. Vehicle permits are also not required in any park on the first non-holiday Tuesday of each month, or on the first Saturday of June, which is "Explore Your Parks Day" in Washington County.
Purchase a Vehicle Permit
Vehicle permits can be purchased at park offices including Big Marine and Lake Elmo Park Reserves, St Croix Bluffs Regional Park, Public Works, Washington County License Centers and Service Centers. Honor boxes are available at each park entrance.
Electronic Pay Stations
In June 2018, pay stations were installed in Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, Pine Point Regional Park, and Big Marine Park Reserve. These pay station only accept credit cards, and sell both daily and annual permits. If an annual permit is purchased, the receipt must be brought into a Park Office to be redeemed for a vehicle sticker.
(for same household - must be purchased at same time as first permit)
Free Vehicle permits are available for Disabled Veterans, Military Personnel on Leave, and Spouse of Deployed Personnel.
These permits must be obtained from our park offices at Big Marine Park Reserve, Lake Elmo Park Reserve, and St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park.
Free Annual Permit
Veteran who has a total and permanent service-connected disability upon the presentation of proper identification and a copy of their determination letter.
Spouse of any currently deployed military personnel upon the presentation of proper identification and a copy of their determination letter.
Free Daily Permit
Military personnel on leave and/or visiting within 90 days of leaving active service upon the presentation of proper identification and/or a copy of their determination letter.
Veteran with any level of service-connected disability upon the presentation of proper identification and/or a copy of their determination letter.
Park Information, Rules and Ordinances
For your enjoyment, and that of others, please observe all park rules and regulations.