State Parks to Waive Fees on Black Friday

Looking for an alternative to the shopping lines on Black Friday?

Fees at state parks in Oregon and Washington will be waived the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29), and the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife is offering free fishing, crabbing, and clamming across the state.

The free day-use parking and fishing is in line with the #OptOutside movement; inspired in part by REI’s decision to close on Black Friday and pay their employees to get outdoors.

Oregon State Parks calls the day “Green Friday,” while Washington State Parks has dubbed it “Autumn Day.”

Taking a hike or riding a mountain bike can work off those extra calories from Thanksgiving, and also offer some peace and quiet (as opposed to the hysteria of holiday shopping).

Oregon Fish and Wildlife hosts annual Free Fishing Days the two days after Thanksgiving. That means on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30, 2019, no fishing licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement or Two-Rod Validation) are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon.