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Announcements

  • The Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The meeting is a tour of parks. The approximate itinerary is as follows:
    • 10:00 a.m. – Chimacum Park (Meet in the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, Chimacum)
    • 10:45 a.m. – Gibbs Lake Park (Meet on Beausite Road at second pull out, near 510 Beausite Lake Road, Chimacum)
    • 12:00 p.m. – Lake Leland Campground (Meet in the campground, 165 Leland Valley Road, Quilcene)
    • 1:15 p.m. – Indian Island Park, (Meet at Isthmus Beach pullout, nearest the new bridge)
    • 2:00 p.m. - Adjourn
    The general public is invited to join this open public meeting. No transportation is provided. While it is not required, members of the public interested in joining the tour are welcome to contact Matt Tyler for more information: mtyler@co.jefferson.wa.us, 360-385-9129.
  • The Lake Leland day use park, boat ramp, fishing dock and waterfront area will be closed for a construction project beginning on Monday, August 24, 2020 and ending on November 25, 2020.
    During this project, there will be no public access to the Lake Leland waterfront for fishing, boating, or swimming. 
    The campground will remain open until October 31, 2020. Thank you for your patience as we install a new fishing dock, restroom, and improve the parking area. Please call 360-385-9129 for more information.
  • County Parks Forest Restoration Project
    Chimacum, Gibbs and Trailhead Parks
    A special harvesting project is scheduled to begin September 19, 2020 to improve the overall forest health in three of our county parks. The harvest will reduce fire hazard, reduce risk of disease/mortality in trees, and removing large hazard trees that have Laminated root rot in Chimacum Park. The forest is overstocked (has too many trees to support) and as a result the trees are stressed and vulnerable to drought and diseases. Removing a small percentage of the trees will help reduce stress throughout the forest. Approximately 20-30% of the trees will be removed, allowing the remaining trees to grow more freely. It will benefit the forest by protecting the healthiest trees throughout the property, allow more light into the forest, and help the understory recover. 
    For explanations on the forestry practices and equipment that will be used in this project, please click on the Forest Restoration Project link. For additional information on the plan for each park, click on the each park's name above.
  • Jefferson County is in Phase 2 of the Washington State Covid-19 Response. Gatherings are limited to 5 people. No facility reservations for events are being accepted, however our parks, shelters, and campgrounds are open, and may be used on a first come first served basis if Washington State Covid-19 rules are followed. Thank you.
  • During this challenging time, please make an extra effort to follow our basic park rules: keep dogs on a leash, no dogs on athletic fields, and no motorized scooters in any of our parks. Thank you.
  • Metal detecting is prohibited in all Jefferson County Parks. [Ord. 12.25.190]
  • Pickleball is not allowed on the HJ Carroll Basketball Courts.
  • Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Tax ID is: 91-6001322

Park Use Update

Current County Park Status

CLOSED

  • Port Townsend Rec Center

OPEN

  • Day-use parks and restrooms
  • All trails 
  • Open space areas
  • Basketball and tennis courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic shelters: drop in use only (5 person max,) no reservations accepted at this time.
  • Campgrounds (Oak Bay, Lake Leland, and Quilcene) open June 25 at 12 noon

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  www.cityofpt.us/parksrec or call 360-344-3064.