Here’s a ray of happy news for stir-crazy Washingtonians amid the coronavirus gloom: more than 100 state parks will reopen Tuesday for daytime use.
Gov. Jay Inslee had announced earlier this week some parks would open again as part of a phased-in relaxing of outdoor recreation restrictions imposed by his emergency coronavirus stay-home order. The state parks, along with other public lands and water-access points have been closed since late March.
On Saturday, Washington State Parks revealed the list of which parks will be open. The roster includes popular hiking, fishing and boating destinations, such as Deception Pass, Lake Wenatchee and Fort Worden. In the Seattle area, Bridle Trails, Blake Island, Saltwater and Ollalie state parks are reopening.
However, the parks system is delaying the reopening of some spaces beyond May 5, including ocean beach parks and those along the Columbia River Gorge. In a news release, the agency said it is working with local communities, resource agencies and the state of Oregon to decide an appropriate time for reopening those areas.
In addition, State Parks will limit parking capacity at some urban parks, such as Lake Sammamish, Saint Edward and Dash Point, to discourage overcrowding.
The reopening is for daytime only, with no overnight camping allowed. The parks agency is also asking people to only visit parks close to home, to check the status of parks or trail heads before trying to visit, and to come prepared with hand-washing supplies.
Here’s the full list of state parks and properties that will reopen Tuesday:
Battle Ground Lake
Columbia Plateau Trail
Dash Point (reduced capacity)
Ginkgo Petrified Forest
Hope Island – Mason
Hope Island – Skagit
Lake Sammamish (reduced capacity)
Lewis & Clark
Lewis & Clark Trail
Lime Kiln Point
Nine Mile Recreation Area
Palouse to Cascades
Saint Edward (reduced capacity)
Sun Lakes-Dry Falls
Twenty-Five Mile Creek
Wanapum Recreation Area
Willapa Hills Trail