Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Updates

Updated December 31, 2020

Silver Lake Campgrounds are Closed.

Cabin rentals available year-round.

2021 Reservations open December 1st at 9:00 am.

Whatcom County is in Phase II of the State’s Safe Start Plan for reopening. In 2021 the campgrounds at Silver Lake Park will open with continued limitations to campground amenities.

Silver Lake Park operational changes:

  • Picnic Shelters remain closed
  • Group Camp remains closed
  • All public showers are closed
  • Due to enhanced cleaning protocols, cabins have reduced availability
  • Concessions are unavailable
  • The Lodge is closed for the season
  • Boat rentals are closed for the season

Campground reservations can be made online or by calling the Parks Administrative Office at 360.778.5850.

Cabin reservations can be made by phone only at 360.778.5850. Due to enhanced cleaning protocols cabins have reduced availability. Recent COVID-19 restrictions effective through December 14th require cabins be occupied by members of the same household only. View the full guidelines here.

Campers are encouraged to reserve campsites in advance or self-register when arriving at the campground to reduce interactions with staff.

The Following Parks Operational Changes Remain in Effect 

  • The following are closed:

    • Picnic Shelters 
    • Facilities
    • Group Camp
    • Shower Buildings
    • Lighthouse Marine Park Campground
    • Drinking Fountains
    • Senior Centers
    • Museums & Historical Home Tours
    • Park Administrative Office and field offices
  • No new Special Event Permit applications are being accepted

Recreate Responsibly

All Whatcom County parks, trails and open spaces are open. Here are some ideas 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
  • Small-Bore Range is open and operating at 25% capacity
  • Visitors are required to wear a mask at all times
  • Range schedule can be viewed here

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***