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Massachusetts State Parks

Cataract falls at Mount Greylock State Park, Massachusetts
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Massachusetts offers a "ParksPass" provides all visitors in one vehicle unlimited day-use parking access to state park facilities within the state that charge a parking fee, with the exception of Nahant and Nantasket Beaches. The passes are good for one calendar year, and are offered to both residents and non-residents.

Michigan State Parks

Bicentennial Park, Michigan
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Annual Motor Vehicle Permits are available at most State Parks and DNR Operation Service Centers. These permits give each vehicle's occupants access to any of the 98 state parks throughout 2009 except the three Mackinac Island Historic State Parks. The passes are available to residents and non-residents.

Minnesota State Parks

Maplewood State Park, Minnesota
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With the purchase of this permit, visitors have "unlimited access to special events, scenic places, historic sites, a whole roster of outdoor activities and just plain fun" at Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas. The annual permit is valid for a full year from the month of purchase. Annual permits can be purchased at state parks, the DNR License Center, REI metro locations or by calling the DNR Information Center at 1-888-MINNDNR.

Mississippi State Parks

Palisades State Park, Mississippi
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Mississippi offers a variety of annual permits. These include passes for entrance, fishing, boat launching, marina slip use, and swimming / water slide / wave pool use. Passes can be purchased at the state park entrances.

Missouri State Parks

Bollinger Mill State Park, Missouri
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Missouri does not charge entrance fees for its state parks, and thus there is no annual pass. Enjoy!

Montana State Parks

Hills over Missoula, Montana
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There is no entrance fee for visitors arriving at a Montana state park in a vehicle with Montana license plates. There is a free for non-residents, however, and they may obtain an annual pass which allows free entrance to all state parks from March 1st to the last day in February.

Nebraska State Parks

Carter Lake, Nebraska
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Nebraska offers an annual entry permit that is good for the calendar year that it is purchased for. Fishing and hunting permits are also available online.

Nevada State Parks

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
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Nevada offers annual entrance permits for individual parks. The state also offers a "passport" permit that entitles the holder to enter all parks and use the facilities of the park without paying entry fees. Both passes are valid for 12 months from the month of purchase. Note that even if you have the pass, additional fees will still be assessed for camping, boating and group use areas.

New Hampshire State Parks

Flume Gorge State Park, New Hampshire
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New Hampshire offers an individual and a family (2 adults and 2 children) season pass. Both give unlimted day-use of most state parks. In addition, gift certificates are available, as well as a "coupon book" that does not expire.

New Jersey State Parks

Liberty State Park, New Jersey
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New Jersey offers a State Park Pass, which waives all daily walk-in or parking fees. The passes are available at all state park offices. New Jersey also offers a pass for senior citizens and the disabled.

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