The following rules, regulations, and policies, apply to all properties under Whatcom County Parks management, unless otherwise specified. This includes parks, trails, open spaces, and nature reserves. Observation of park rules protects community resources, promotes safety, and enables all visitors to enjoy their visit.
All day-use park areas are open from sunrise to sunset. Click here to check local sunrise/sunset times.
Fires may only be lit in designated fireplaces and fire rings. Wood and coal burning devices need to be operated in compliance with the Fire Marshal's guide for recreational fires. Gas operated devices must be Underwriters Laboratory rated. Visitors mush check with the product manufacturer to ensure their devise is UL rated.
Wood fires are prohibited in grills. Use only charcoal briquettes. The following are also prohibited:
Discharge of firearms is prohibited on all park properties, including any device capable of injuring or killing any other person or animal, or damaging or destroying any public or private property (WCC 9.32.085).
Pets must be leashed at all times (WCC 6.04.060) except in designated and marked off-leash areas and trails. It your responsibility to:
Pets are prohibited in the following parks and locations:
Refuse and Litter
All garbage must be disposed of in waste receptacle or removed from the park if no waste receptacle is provided (WCC.28.060). It is illegal to dispose of any household waste or material, or abandon any item in a park.
Disturbing or Damaging Resources
Damaging or removing any property or natural feature is prohibited. This includes:
*Collection of mushrooms, berries, fruits, and catkins for personal consumption is allowed except in Natural Resource Conservation Areas, including Stimpson Family Nature Reserve and Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve.
*Sport fishing and shellfishing are allowed with a valid WA Department of Fish & Wildlife License.
Drone usage and their pilots are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration. Any drone usage on Park property must comply with all FAA regulations. We ask that drone pilots please be considerate of other park users and fly in lower use areas or lower use times.
Filming in Parks
A film permit is required for commercial filming, professional still photography, and educational film / photography. Commercial purpose is defined as an individual or organization filming and/or taking still photography on Whatcom County Parks property with the intent to sell or otherwise use the product for an economic gain, including advertisement or promotion.
Special Event Permits and Special Use Authorizations
Permits are required for any of the following situations:
For information on Special Event Permits and the application process please see our Special Events page.
*This is not a complete listing of all rules. Park specific rules and regulations are posted on individual park pages.*