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Free-entry offered for state and federal parks, refuges on Saturday

An autumn adventure: Benjamin, 7, right, leaps from rock to rock as his twin brother, Bradley, center, and older brother, Jordan, 10, chip rocks together to make arrowheads on Friday at Riverside State Park in Spokane. The brothers were camping with their family along the river and enjoying the start of fall. (Tyler Tjomsland)
An autumn adventure: Benjamin, 7, right, leaps from rock to rock as his twin brother, Bradley, center, and older brother, Jordan, 10, chip rocks together to make arrowheads on Friday at Riverside State Park in Spokane. The brothers were camping with their family along the river and enjoying the start of fall. (Tyler Tjomsland)

PUBLIC LANDS -- Saturday is a big day of freebies and stewardship on public lands throughout the region.

It's National Public Lands Day as well as National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Here are some opportunities to consider:

Washington State Parks are offering free vehicle access on Saturday -- no Discover Pass is required.

Federal lands, including all National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges such as Turnbull are offering free entry on Saturday, one of 13 national lands Fee-Free Days in 2013.  The next will be Veterans Day Weekend (Nov. 9-11).

Hunting and fishing activities and information for newcomers to the sports will be offered by sportsmen's groups, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife regional office grounds, 2315 N. Discovery Pl. in Spokane Valley.   See story for more details. 

Spokane River Clean-Up, an annual event that attracts around 800 volunteers from individuals, families and groups, will spiff up sections of the river from 9 a.m.-noon followed by a barbecue. Get details and register online at friendsofthefalls.com.




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