Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Updates

Updated October 13, 2020

Silver Lake Campgrounds are Open!

Whatcom County is in Phase II of the State’s Safe Start Plan for reopening. The campgrounds at Silver Lake Park are open but with some limitations to campground amenities.

Campground operational changes:

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

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.

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 during Phase 2

  • The following are closed:
    • Picnic Shelters 
    • Facilities
    • Shower Buildings
    • Lighthouse Marine Park Campground
    • Concessions
    • Drinking Fountains
    • Plantation Rifle Range Small Bore Range
    • Senior Centers
    • Museums & Historical Home Tours
    • Park Administrative Office and field offices
  • Facilities, Shelters and Group Camp are closed to new reservations
  • Samish Park boat rentals are currently unavailable
  • No new Special Event Permit applications are being accepted
  • Park Commission meetings are suspended

Current Reservation Information:

  • Reservations that must be cancelled because a campground, shelter or facility is not open will receive a full refund. Park staff will contact those affected - no action is required by the reservation holder.
  • View changes to cancellation policy

Recreate Responsibly

Along with Silver Lake Park Campground, 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 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 is open and operating at 100% capacity
  • Visitors are required to wear a mask at all time 
  • 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***