Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Updates

Updated June 23, 2020

Silver Lake Campground to Open June 8th

We are excited to announce that as Whatcom County moves to Phase II of the State’s Safe Start Plan for reopening, the campground at Silver Lake Park will open on June 8th. 

Some operational changes remain in effect even as the campground opens:

  • Picnic Shelters and Group Camp remain closed.
  • All public showers are closed.
  • Due to enhanced cleaning protocols, cabins have reduced availability.
  • Concessions are unavailable.
  • The Lodge will be open in the coming weeks with reduced hours so guests can pay fees and purchase firewood. View Lodge hours here.
  • Boat rentals will be available in the coming weeks on a reduced schedule. Boat rental schedule is subject to change and will be posted in the park as well as here.
  • The playground is closed.

New Silver Lake campground reservations can be made starting June 8th at 9:00 am. Reservations can be made online or by calling the Parks Administrative Office at 360.778.5850. Reservations for June 8th and June 9th are first come, first serve in the park.

New cabin reservations can be made starting June 15th at 9am by phone only at 360.778.5850. Due to enhanced cleaning protocols cancellation of some current reservations will be necessary. Impacted reservations holders will be contacted by June 12th and given a full refund.

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

The Following Operational Changes Remain in Effect during Phase 2

  • The following are closed:
    • Shelters 
    • Facilities
    • Shower buildings
    • Lighthouse Marine Park Campground
    • Concessions
    • Playgrounds
    • 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 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***