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  • OAK BAY CAMPGROUND HOSTS WANTED. Jefferson County Parks & Recreation is seeking camp hosts to play an important role on our team. Our professional staff do the heavy maintenance; caretakers make themselves available regularly for campground monitoring, and do about 13 hours a week of light maintenance. The position is April 1, 2021 through October 31, 2021. The busy season is Memorial Day through Labor Day. In exchange for your service, we provide a campsite for your RV or tiny-home with power, trash service and water. There is a vault toilet but no septic hook up or dump station on-site.
                This is an annual contract services agreement, not a Jefferson County employment opportunity. Apply now! Open until filled. The first review of applications is February 9, 2021. For more info call Matt Tyler (360)385-9129.  Oak Bay Camp Host Application 2021
  • A forestry project will begin on February 15, 2021 at the Cape George Trailhead County Park. The project will be done in sections, beginning with the northwest section.  The Larry Scott Trail and parking area will remain open, but all side trails will be closed and clearly marked. For your safety please respect the closure.
              The purpose of the project is to reduce fire risk and increase forest health. This project is selective thinning to reduce tree density, not clear cutting. Selective thinning increases spacing between trees allowing more sun and nutrients to reach the forest floor nurturing the native trees in our park, Madrone, Cedar, Hemlock, Pine, Cherry, Maple, Aspen, Douglas Fir and others. Not only do existing trees grow larger, but this also enables understory plants like rhododendron and salal to thrive, reducing fire danger.
              Selected trees will be removed from the site and used for firewood, paper pulp, and energy. The project will be done with specialized machinery and professional crews with chainsaws. For more information please contact Jefferson County Central Services Director, Mark McCauley at (360) 385-9130.
  • The boat launch at Lake Leland County Park will be closed from approximately March 8th through March 10th, 2021 for construction. The rest of the park areas including the fishing dock will be open. For your safety please respect this closure and stay clear of the construction project. For further information please call Jefferson County Parks and Recreation at 360-385-9160.
  • Forestry thinning for safety, forest health, and park values is underway at Beausite Lake Road off Gibbs Lake County Park. The Silent Alder Loop and all other trails accessed from Beausite Lake Road are closed for safety purposes. Please use the Gibbs Lake Road parking lot to access the main Gibbs Lake Trails – all of which are still open. Please call 360-385-9160 if you have any questions. Thank you for your patience as we work to improve our forest.
  • If you are planning a gathering at HJ Carroll's Rotary Pavilion, Salmon Shelter, or Indian Island's Lyons Club Shelter we are requesting you make a reservation through our website . All outdoor social gatherings must be limited to fifteen (15) people from outside your household, with a limit of 2 households as per the current COVID-19 Guidelines. You can find our facilities availability at our facilities calendar page.
  • Motorized equipment such as e-scooters, electric kid cars, hoverboards, segways, onewheels, e-skateboards, and e-bikes are not allowed in our parks except on roadways and the Rick Tollefson Trail in HJ Carroll Park. Electric mobility devices and chairs used by people with disabilities are allowed in parks.
  • Metal detecting is prohibited in all Jefferson County Parks. [Ord. 12.25.190]
  • Drones and other radio control devices such as model planes, boats, helicopters, and cars are not allowed in any Jefferson County Parks. Thank you.
  • Pickleball is not allowed on the HJ Carroll Basketball Courts.
  • Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Tax ID is: 91-6001322

Oak Bay Camp Host 2021
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Park Use Update

Current County Park Status


  • Port Townsend Rec Center
  • Campgrounds (Oak Bay, Lake Leland, and Quilcene) 


  • Day-use parks and restrooms
  • All trails 
  • Open space areas
  • Basketball and tennis courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic shelters: drop in use only (5 person max) 

Safe Park Use in All Parks
The following public health rules were adopted by the National Parks and Recreation Association, apply to all park users. Click here for more information.

  • Do not use parks if you have any symptoms or are sick
  • Observe CDC minimum social distance of 6’ from another person at all times
  • Share the trail, alert other users as you pass and make space for each other
  • Follow CDC guidelines for personal hygiene – carry hand sanitizer and do not touch your face

More Information

  • For more information about Jefferson County Parks, please call 360-385-9129.
  • For more information about City of Port Townsend Parks, please see or call 360-344-3064.