Novel Coronavirus - COVID 19
Novel coronavirus – COVID 19 updates
March 24, 2020
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced the temporary closure of all state-managed parks, wildlife areas, and water access areas for at least two weeks starting Wednesday, March 25. The closure is in response to Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued yesterday.
Entrance gates and facilities will be closed, and on-site public services will be suspended. Essential staff will be present to preserve and protect resources.
Camping and other overnight accommodations on state-managed recreation lands will remain closed through April 30.
The public can find the latest information about State Parks on this page and WDFW operations on the WDFW website.
State land officials and staff appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation in this unprecedented time.
March 22, 2020
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks), Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the closure of all state campgrounds across Washington to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Campgrounds will remain closed through April 30.
The closure includes roofed accommodations like cabins, yurts and vacation houses.
No new campers will be allowed into Parks, WDFW or DNR lands beginning Monday, March 23. Current campers will be phased out following instructions from land officials.
Day-use areas and trails remain open. Due to the volume of people visiting Washington’s ocean beaches, we are asking the public to avoid those areas. People should continue to practice social distancing when recreating outdoors.
Campers who have state parks reservations through April 30 will be notified and offered a full refund. Visitors can find the latest information about State Park operations on this page.
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Although camping is not allowed, WDFW wildlife areas and water-access areas remain open for public use at this time. However, due to theft and increased usage of their restrooms, visitors should plan to bring their own hand sanitizer and toilet paper. For the latest information about WDFW operations, visit the WDFW website.
Department of Natural Resources
DNR’s camping will be closed to dedicated camping areas and dispersed camping or camping outside of designated camp sites. For the most up-to-date information for DNR lands, visit DNR’s website.
March 16, 2020
State parks and camping remain open. In response to Gov. Inslee’s mandate, we are making the following changes to operations through April 30:
- Visitor and interpretive centers are closed.
- Most special activities and special permits are cancelled.
- Planned programming is cancelled.
- Group camp and group reservations such as picnic shelters are restricted.
- New camp hosts will not be placed in parks. Read more information for camp hosts.
We are taking additional measures to limit visitor and staff interactions at offices and at registration. This includes:
- Using drive-up/walk-up windows when possible.
- Limiting the number of visitors in an office.
- Providing electronic options for purchasing passes and making reservations.
- Using automated pay stations, where available.
We ask that all visitors exhibit personal responsibility and take steps to protect their health and the health of others.
As the situation changes, we will continue to follow the governor and public health officials’ guidance when it comes to managing our park system.
March 13, 2020
Washington State Parks is committed to ensuring our visitors and staff continue to have a safe and memorable outdoor experience at your state parks. We are following the governor and public health officials’ guidance as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, all Washington state parks are open and operating on normal business hours for this time of year.
In the interest of public health, organized talks and presentation at interpretive centers have been suspended.
Where possible, park staff will practice social distancing, using drive-thru check-ins and limiting the number of visitors in park offices. Each park is unique, so practices at each location will vary.
Most events at our parks are canceled until further notice. Check our online calendar of events or contact the park directly to confirm if an event has been canceled.
We will continue to clean park facilities and surfaces regularly. When you visit a park, we encourage you to practice social distancing and good hygiene to protect yourself and others. The state Department of Health provides helpful guidelines we can all use to keep from getting sick.
Your Washington state parks are a great way to get outside and enjoy the spring weather, instead of spending time in crowded indoor spaces. Get some fresh air, take a hike or just enjoy the beauty of Washington at one of our 124 state parks.
Stay healthy and embrace your nature.