Parks & Recreation

Closure Alerts:
  • Hovander Homestead Park and Tennant Lake Interpretive Center received extensive damage from recent flood events and are closed. Reopening date is unknown at this time, but is not anticipated for several months.
  • The Glacier Restroom is currently closed for repair due to burst pipes.
  • The public restroom located in the Lodge at Silver Lake Park are currently closed for repairs related to the freezing temperatures.

Park offices are currently closed to the public.

Please call the Park Administrative Office to receive assistance over the phone. Appointments can be made if in person services are needed. 

Hours: Monday - Friday; 8am - 4:30pm
Phone: 360-778-5850

Masks are required in all indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status.


Our 16,000 acres of natural lands encompasses ocean beaches to mountain peaks. You’ll find challenging mountain bike and hiking trails as well as playgrounds and historic sites. You can rent a small picnic area or a full featured event facility.

Each year we strive to improve our recreational offerings by building new trails, improving campgrounds and facilities, and maintaining Parks properties throughout the system.

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  1. Hovander Homestead Park Closed Due to Flooding

    *UPDATE* (12/13/2021) - Hovander Park and Tennant Lake Interpretive Center received significant damage from recent flood events and remain closed to the public. It is anticipated they will remain closed for several months. Read on...
  2. Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve Stairway Closed

    The Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve stairway is closed to the public due to structural damage caused by winter storms. The stairway structure was declared unsafe and closed to the public in February of 2020. View Public Notice
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Mission Statement
The goal of the Parks and Recreation Department is to enrich the quality of life for the community and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the County through provision of outstanding parks and trails, open space and natural areas, as well as recreational activities and Senior Services.