Tips for Being a Responsible Recreationist

All state-managed public lands, including state parks, natural areas, and recreation land will be reopening starting on May 5th for day-use only on a rolling basis. State-managed boat launches and marinas will be open for day-use services only; no overnight moorage. Recreational fishing for highland and lowland lakes will also be reopening.  

This generally applies to all DNR managed lands used for day-use activities, which include trailheads, trails, roads, free flight launch sites, water access sites, day-use areas, and dispersed recreation (off-trail hiking, hunting, target shooting, etc.).

In regards to public bathrooms, not all will be open.  You should expect reduced or limied services, particularly for those that were closed for the winter.  Most DNR restrooms do not have running water or hand sanitizer available. Plan to be self-sufficient by bringing your own personal protective equipment, water,  soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper ,and pack out anything you bring with you.

Don’t forget your Discover pass!  The Discover Pass is required to park your vehicle at state recreation lands and water-access sites managed by Washington State Parks(Parks), Washington State Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and DNR.

Tips for Being a Responsible Recreationist

Plan Ahead While many state-managed land destinations are open for day-use, other local and federal lands may still be closed. Pack your lunch and get gas before you go, don’t make unnecessary stops to or from your destination. Do not carpool with people other than your immediate household. If you are sick stay home.
Come Prepared – Visitors may find reduced or limited restroom services as staff begin the process to reopen facilities. Bring your own soap, water, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper with you. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth if you find yourself near others with a mask or other facial covering.
Stay Close to Home This is not the time to travel long distances to recreate. If your destination is crowded, be prepared to go somewhere else or come back at another time. Also, make sure to enjoy the outdoors with your immediate household members only. Recreation with those you don’t live with creates new avenues for transmission.
Don’t Take Unnecessary Risks – Health care workers and first responders are working really hard right now to keep us safe during this health crisis. This includes not attending or hosting gatherings like cookouts or barbeques.
Practice Physical Distancing and Good Hygiene Keep six feet between you and those outside your immediate household. Launch one boat at a time to give others enough space to launch safely. Leave at least one parking space between your vehicle and the vehicle next to you. Wash your hands often and try not to touch your face. Practice good hygiene and bring your own water, soap, hand sanitizer, and facial covering with you. Be aware of any high-traffic surfaces and avoid them.
Leave No Trace – Take any garbage with you, including disposable gloves and masks. With facilities just reopening there may not be staff collecting trash