More than 100 state parks set to reopen for day use

Washington State Parks including Curlew Lake State Park will close in the event of a shutdown. (Image: Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission)

More than 100 parks and properties are set to reopen next week, Washington State Parks said in a release Saturday.

In line with the first phase of Gov. Jay Inslee’s updated stay-at-home order, which was extended Friday and includes a four-phase approach to reopening the state, State Parks will open 121 areas for day use only, and take steps to ensure visitors continue to practice social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Locations like Lake Sammamish, Saint Edward in Kenmore and Dash Point in Federal Way will limit available parking to minimize crowds. Restroom availability may also be limited at some parks.

State Parks also asks visitors remain close to home, check the status of parks or trailheads before arriving, bring their own hand-washing supplies, and follow the state’s guidelines for responsible recreation.

There are 24 sites — such as all ocean beach parks and those along the Columbia River Gorge — will remain closed until further notice.

“Parks is working with local communities, natural resource agencies and our partners in Oregon to determine the appropriate timing for reopening these areas,” the release says. “No specific timeline has been identified for opening these park areas.”

State Parks asks visitors to respect closures and only visit parks that have been reopened for use.

Beaches and camping are identified as eligible reopen during the second phase of Inslee’s plan.

Click here for a full list of parks and properties reopening Tuesday, as well as a list of those remaining closed.

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