No. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of all our volunteers, but no volunteer activities will be taking place during the closure.
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Yes. The Discover Pass is required to park your vehicle at state recreation lands and water-access sites managed by Washington State Parks and Department of Natural Resources. These lands include state parks, water-access points, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, DNR campgrounds, trails and trailheads and all DNR-managed uplands.
A Discover Pass is also required on WDFW lands, including water-access areas and wildlife areas, unless you already have a Vehicle Access Pass issued with the purchase of an eligible hunting or fishing license.
We understand that Washingtonians and visitors are missing their state park campgrounds and are hoping to get back out there soon. We too hope we can salvage the summer of 2020 for you.
As of now, Gov. Jay Inslee has approved day use only on Washington state lands starting May 5. Camping is included in Phase 2 of the Governor’s phased approach to reopening the economy.
As we work toward that milestone, Parks will be planning and preparing for the opening of camping.
We will do all we can to minimize delays once the governor moves us into Phase 2.
Your health is very important to us:
The health of our staff is very important to us:
No. State agencies are focused on reopening public access to outdoor recreation and will not provide refunds or extensions at this time.
Not at all locations. You should expect reduced or limited services at some wildlife and water access areas, particularly for those that were closed for the winter.
Plan to be self-sufficient by bringing your own personal protective equipment, water, soap, hand sanitizer and toilet paper, and pack out anything you bring with you.
In most cases, day-use restrooms will be open. However, since parks will reopen with diminished capacity, visitors should prepare for reduced amenities.
Many of Washington’s marine state park docks are seasonal. Therefore, not all docks will be installed by May 5. Where they are in place, dock day use will be allowed, so long as users maintain social distancing.
Marine state park restrooms will open on a limited basis; be prepared to pack out your waste. Please do not expect drinkable water on the islands.
There is no overnight moorage allowed at this time. This includes docks, marinas and buoys. Overnight moorage will reopen with camping in Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee’s plan.
The few pumpouts located on state park docks will be open, except at Beacon Rock and Daroga, where the parks themselves remain closed.
Most Washington pumpouts are located at public or private marinas and boaters are advised to check with the marinas along their route to find out if marinas have opened and pumpouts are operating. For Washington pumpout locations, please visit: https://parks.state.wa.us/657/Pumpout
Anchoring will be monitored and regulated as it was pre-COVID-19. No special regulations will be in place.
Parks will close at dusk unless otherwise identified.
State Park playgrounds are closed and will be cordoned off until further notice.
All camping and overnight accommodations remain closed until further notice. Camping is included in Phase 2 of the governor’s reopening plan and will remain closed until we reach that milestone.
As most RVers know, not all RVs are completely self-contained. Some have bathroom facilities inside the rig, while some camper or trailer setups don’t have bathrooms or indoor kitchens. Staff interactions or enforcement issues with non-RV/trailer campers would put both staff and the public at risk.
Additionally, self-contained RVs require dump stations, which are currently closed. When they reopen, there will be a ramp-up period so they can be checked and adequately staffed.
Even though many RVers live in self-contained motorhomes, parks in some jurisdictions must provide serviceable restroom facilities in their campgrounds, no matter the clientele or “camping” equipment used.
Allowing one type of camping – or one type of RV camping - over another would require higher than normal staffing at a time when our staff is stretched thin.
Finally, we want each stage of reopening to reflect our commitment to access and equity. When campgrounds reopen, they should reopen to the broadest range of visitors possible.
It depends. We are directly contacting overnight visitors with reservations affected by the closure to provide full refunds. Visitors with reservations later in the summer are subject to our normal cancelation policy.
If you have a question about your current camping reservation, please call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
As we begin to reopen lands, we are asking people to continue practicing physical distancing. If we notice large groups congregating or lack of adherence to physical distancing protocols, we will evaluate location-based closures at that time.
In addition, if other COVID-19 related public safety concerns develop, WDFW, DNR and State Parks may close areas with limited notice to further protect public health and safety.
People can report issues online.