Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Updates

Updated March 24, 2020

Whatcom County Parks, Trails and Open Spaces Remain Open

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are making the following operational changes until further notice or otherwise stated:

  • The following are closed:
    • Shelters 
    • Facilities 
    • Campgrounds  
    • Concessions
    • Playgrounds
    • Drinking Fountains
    • Plantation Rifle Range
    • Senior Centers
    • Museums & Historical Home Tours
    • Park Administrative Office and field offices 
  • Camping and Cabins are also closed to new reservations through June 1st
  • Facilities, Shelters and Group Camp are also closed to new reservations through August 30th
  • No new Special Event Permit applications are being accepted
  • Park Commission meetings are suspended

Current Reservation Information:

  • Reservations cancelled by Whatcom County Parks and Recreation will receive a full refund.
  • All Camping, Cabin and Facility reservations through April 30th will be contacted and offered a full refund
  • Facility and Shelter reservations must abide by the Governor’s proclamation 20-14.
    This proclamation prohibits gatherings of 50 or more people. Additionally, activities of less than 50 people are also prohibited, unless organizers of those activities comply with social distancing and sanitation measures established by the CDC or the Washington State Department of Health guidelines.
  • Requests can be made for a one-time transfer of a reservation to a later date
  • Requests for cancellation can be made for a full refund less reservation fee

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 during regular scheduled lunch hours.
  • 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

  • Plantation Rifle Range is closed effective 3/24/2020

Bay Horizon - Birch Bay Activity Center:

  • All indoor programming is cancelled and indoor facilities are closed.
  • For more information about Bay Horizon, call 360-371-0531


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