What are the "challenges" in opening camping? (Some people claim there's more social distancing practiced while camping than in day-use visits.)

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: 

  • While some campsites in Washington state parks are spaced far apart and allow for social distancing, others sit quite close to each other. 
  • COVID-19 is transmittable through toilets, and at current staffing levels, our staff cannot provide the attention needed to all park restrooms; hence day-use restrooms only will be open.

The health of our staff is very important to us: 

  • Minimizing contact between park staff and the public (including in public bathroom use) minimizes potential staff exposure to COVID-19.

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1. What is reopening on May 5?
2. Do I need a Discover Pass?
3. What are the "challenges" in opening camping? (Some people claim there's more social distancing practiced while camping than in day-use visits.)
4. Can I get an extension or refund on my Discover Pass for the month-long state lands closure?
5. Will bathrooms or other facilities be open at these areas?
6. Will restrooms at trails be open?
7. Are docks available at marine state parks?
8. Are pumpout stations open for boaters in Washington?
9. Will anchoring be monitored or regulated? How about beach landing areas for dinghies?
10. Since parks are day use only for now, what time will the parks close and all boaters sent on their way?
11. Are playgrounds open?
12. Is camping reopening?
13. Why not allow RV/Trailer camping? (It's all self-contained, etc.)
14. Will I get a full refund for my camping or overnight accommodation reservation?
15. Will state lands close if there are issues with crowding?
16. How can I report any issues of crowding, trash or other concerns of wildlife areas or boat launches to WDFW?
17. Can I still volunteer to help clean up and maintain my local state park?