Natural Investment Permit

Natural Investment Permit Do you regularly launch a boat at state parks? The annual Natural Investment Permit might be a good way to go.

Good for one year from the month you purchase it, this permit covers day-use parking, watercraft launching and trailer dump fees in every Washington state park. You will not need a Discover Pass when using the NIP. However, the NIP may ONLY be used at Washington State Parks.

The Natural Investment Permit is $80 and is interchangeable between vehicles.

How do I get the permit?

  • Purchase online. We will send it to your mailing address. We also will email you a 20-day temporary permit, so you can use it right away.
  • Print an application and mail it in with a check or money order.
  • In-person at State Park headquarters, Eastern and Northwest regional offices. At many state parks when staff are available.

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.

If I use a canoe, paddleboard or kayak, do I need to pay a launch fee?

When launching any watercraft from a Washington state park you must pay the $7 launch fee or display your Natural Investment Permit. You must also display the permit when using a Washington 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?

If you did not find the answer to your question, please contact the Washington State Parks Information Center at or (360) 902-8844.

Read about the rules that are important to follow while boating and visiting Washington state parks.

Purchase in person

The Natural Investment Permit may also be purchased in person at the following locations and state parks:

State Parks HQ (Tumwater)
Eastern Region Office (East Wenatchee)
Alta Lake
Battle Ground Lake
Birch Bay
Cama Beach
Cape Disappointment
Deception Pass
Fort Casey
Fort Ebey
Fort Flagler
Fort Worden
Ike Kinswa
Lake Chelan

Lake Easton
Lake Sammamish
Lake Wenatchee
Lewis and Clark Trail
Lincoln Rock
Pearrygin Lake
Sequim Bay
Steamboat Rock
Sun Lakes-Dry Falls



Wenatchee Confluence

Yakima Sportsmen