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Posted on: March 11, 2021

State Parks to reopen many group camps, other facilities across the state

Update 3/22/21: Since this news release was posted, the Governor’s office moved Washington state to Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery plan. This news release has been revised to update the information as it relates to Phase 3: 

  • Group camps and day-use shelters will now accommodate a maximum of 50, with no limits on numbers of households.
  • The interpretive centers that have reopened or will reopen soon will allow 50% capacity or 400 occupants, whichever is fewer.

OLYMPIA – March 11, 2021 – With all of Washington having moved to Phase 2 of the Governor’s Roadmap to Recovery, Washington State Parks announced today that many group camps, day-use rental shelters.  interpretive centers and historic facilities will begin opening later this month.

Group camps / day-use shelters
Nearly 55 group camps in 52 state parks that normally open in March will reopen March 22. The remaining group camps will open at the time they normally open for the season. Additionally, 88 day-use shelters in 57 state parks will reopen on March 22, or at the normal time they reopen for the season.

Reservations for the 2021 season can be made by noon on Thursday, March 18.  

Occupancy at group camps and day-use shelters will be limited to 15 people total from two different households. 50 people, with no limits on numbers of households. 

People should check individual park web pages for more information, or contact the reservation system at 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688), or washington.goingtocamp.com

Interpretive centers and historic facilities
Some Washington State Parks interpretive centers and historic facilities will reopen March 19, including: 

  • Ginkgo Petrified Forest Interpretive Center
  • Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (Cape Disappointment State Park)  
  • Olmstead Place Historical State Park historic buildings

Other interpretive centers and historic facilities will reopen next month or later. Some will remain closed until further notice. Facilities will be open at 25% 50% capacity. Hours of operation will vary at each location, and some will be open by appointment/reservation only. Visitors should check the State Parks Interpretive Centers web page or individual park web pages for more information.

News media contacts:
Toni Droscher, Communications Office, (360) 902-8604
Anna Gill, Communications Director, (360) 902-8562
media@parks.wa.gov 

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About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. 

News release number: 21-014
 

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