Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Updates

Updated May 20, 2021

New Updates:

  • Indoor facility reservations will be opening on June 16th at 9am for events starting July 1st! Please call our office at 360-778-5850 to reserve. 
  • Outdoor Picnic Shelter group sizes may be increased to normal shelter capacity for events starting July 1st. 

The following are open:

  • All Whatcom County Parks, Trails, and Open Spaces
  • Silver Lake Park Campground - including campsites, cabins and group camp. Due to enhanced cleaning protocols, cabins remain vacant a full day between reservations. 

The following are available with COVID protocols:

  • Outdoor Picnic Shelter reservations for groups of 50 people or less. COVID compliance agreement form required for reservation.
  • Special Event Applications are being accepted and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

The following are closed:

  • Indoor Rental Facilities
  • Shower Buildings
  • Lighthouse Marine Park Campground
  • Drinking Fountains
  • Senior Centers
  • Park Administrative Office and field offices

Recreate Responsibly

Please help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community by wearing a mask, social distancing, and staying home when you are ill. Here are some ways to help you stay healthy while enjoying all the beautiful outdoor spaces Whatcom County has to offer.

Before you go...

  • Know what to expect: Check to ensure your destination is open and that you know what to expect. While a park may be open, some things may be operating differently than usual due to staffing levels or other restrictions. 
  • Come prepared: While all Whatcom County restroom facilities will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular schedule, visitors are encouraged to bring their own soap, water, hand sanitizer and toilet paper, as well as cloth face covering.  
  • Enjoy the outdoors when healthy: If you are not feeling well or have symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and adventure another day.

When you are there...

  • Practice Social Distancing: Keep 6 feet of distance between you and those outside of your immediate household. Limit gatherings to 5 or less unrelated persons and avoid crowds. Be prepared to change your plans or come back later if an area is looks crowded.
  • Follow the rules: Please follow all rules to reduce the need for close interactions with park staff.
  • Leave no trace: Make sure to pick up all garbage, including disposable gloves and masks.


Senior Center Information

  • Whatcom County Senior Centers have cancelled all programming and closed their facilities. 
  • The regular congregate lunch program is closed until further notice.
  • Meal pickup is available for seniors at their local senior center.
  • For more information on senior center closures, the senior meal pickup or the Meals on Wheels program, view the full press release.

Plantation Rifle Range Information

  • High Power Range is open and operating at 100% capacity
  • Indoor Small-Bore Range is currently closed for repairs
  • Outdoor Small-Bore Range is closed
  • Visitors are required to wear a mask at all times
  • Range schedule can be viewed here

***Cancellations or closures may change based on the most current information available. Updates will be posted to this page as needed***