Permits & Passes

Washington County Parks annual vehicle permit

Vehicle Permits

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.

Purchase a Vehicle Permit

Vehicle permits can be purchased at a variety of locations.

  • Park Offices:
    • Big Marine Park Reserve (park office is open seasonally).
    • Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park.
    • Historic Courthouse.
    • Lake Elmo Park Reserve.
    • St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park.
  • Public Works North Shop Facility.
  • Purchase a vehicle permit online.
  • Washington County License Centers & Service Centers.
  • Electronic Pay Stations.

Electronic Pay Stations

Electronic pay stations are installed in all parks, either outside the Park Office at park entrances or near the parking areas. Both daily and annual permits are available for purchase. Only credit cards are accepted. Please follow directions on the machine and on the printed receipt. If an annual permit is purchased from the Electronic Pay Station, the receipt must be mailed or brought into a Park Office to be redeemed for a vehicle sticker.

Types of PermitCost
Daily Permit$7
Annual Permit (valid 12 months from month of purchase)$30
Second Annual
(For same household, and must be purchased at same time as first annual. Not available online at this time.)
Bus* Daily$20
Bus* Annual$100

*A vehicle capable of transporting more than 15 passengers is considered a bus.

Ski Passes

The 2023-2024 ski pass season is now available for purchase. Passes are valid through June 2024.


  • Annual ski passes $30.
  • Daily passes are $6.
  • Youth, ages 18 and under, are free.

Where to Buy

Skiers can purchase a Washington County ski pass online, at a pay station, or at a park office.

Reservations & Meeting Spaces

Campground and picnic pavilion reservations begin in January for the upcoming season. Make a reservation.

Photo Contest

If you've been taking pictures in Washington County Parks, submit your photos for a chance to be featured on the county's annual 2025-2026 vehicle permit. Find more details on the Photo Contest.

Park Information, Rules and Ordinances

For your enjoyment, and that of others, please observe all park ordinances (PDF)