Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Updates

Updated May 19, 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:

  • The following are closed:
    • Shelters 
    • Facilities 
    • Campgrounds  
    • Swimming beaches (Samish Beach & Lagoon Beach at Silver Lake)
    • Concessions, including boat rentals
    • Shower buildings
    • Playgrounds
    • Drinking Fountains
    • Plantation Rifle Range Small Bore Range
    • Senior Centers
    • Museums & Historical Home Tours
    • Park Administrative Office and field offices 
    • South Fork Park Equestrian trail head parking lot
  • Camping and Cabins are closed to new reservations
  • Facilities, Shelters and Group Camp are closed to new reservations
  • 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.
  • Silver Lake Park: All camping & cabin reservations have been cancelled and refunded through May 31st
  • Lighthouse Marine Park: All camping reservations have been cancelled through June 21st and will be given a full refund
  • Facilities & Shelters: All reservations have been cancelled and refunded through June 21st
  • 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 at their local senor 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

  • Plantation Rifle Range High Power Range to open effective Saturday, May 9th.
  • The High Power Range will operate at 50% capacity, with every other bench remaining closed to maintain social distancing.
  • The High Power Range schedule can be viewed here
  • The Small Bore Range remains closed

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***