A number of state agencies on Friday announced that camping in 22 counties will begin to reopen Monday, June 1, in accordance with phase two of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan, which allows camping to resume.
The counties planning to reopen to happy campers are all actively in phase two, according to a joint press release from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.
“Camping is a favorite summer activity in Washington and we’re so pleased to be in place to reopen these opportunities for families to make their summer memories,” Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind said. “We’re glad to invite people back to the wild for responsible overnight stays.”
On State Parks’ facilities, the reopening applies to various campgrounds and marine facilities. A full list of open campgrounds can be found at www.parks.state.wa.us.
Not all State Parks facilities will reopen. Group campsites, yurts and cabin reservations will remain closed until further notice.
“This is an important milestone for the public and for parks,” State Parks Director Don Hotch said in a prepared statement. “This year, it’s especially important Washingtonians have access to outdoor recreation. We know that access to the outdoors is good for everyone’s health and wellbeing. Camping is a big part of that outdoor experience.”
On Fish and Wildlife land, campgrounds and dispersed camping areas will reopen. A full list can be found at www.wdfw.wa.gov.
Campers and recreationalists on Fish and Wildlife land are advised to bring their own supplies, including water, soap, hand sanitizer and toilet paper. Visitors are also highly encouraged to pack out what they carry in.
DNR-managed campsites are expected to reopen on a rolling basis, according to the state agency.
Most sites operate on a first-come, first-served basis and do not have running water. Visitors should make sure their campsite is open before heading out and have backup options available if their site is full.
“While we get back outside, it is imperative to do all we can to keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe by recreating responsibly,” Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz said in a prepared statement. “We must always be vigilant in our fight against COVID-19, practicing good physical distancing and proper hygiene, so we can continue to enjoy camping with our families throughout the summer.”
A list of open sites is available at www.dnr.wa.gov/open.