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Gibbs Lake Park and Ropes Course


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Gibbs Lake Park and Ropes Course
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Gibbs Lake Trail Map

Facility Information

110 Gibbs Lake Rd
Chimacum, WA 98325

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High levels of the toxin microcystin were detected in a water sample taken from Gibbs Lake on Monday, July 19. The toxin level is 46 micrograms per liter, which is more than five times above the Washington State recreational criteria of 8 micrograms per liter. Microcystin is produced by cyanobacteria, also known as bluegreen algae, and can result in illnesses in people and animals. As a result, Jefferson County Parks and Recreation has closed the lake for swimming, boating and fishing. Visitors are also urged to keep pets out of the water. See Jefferson County Public Health News Flash for more information.

Facility Details
Jefferson County Parks are open to the public from sunrise to sunset.

Turn west on West Valley Rd. from HWY 19 (by Chimacum School), follow West Valley Rd. approximately 5 miles, turn right on Gibbs Lake Rd, approximately ¾ mile to park boundary.

For the 4-H Challenge Course information such as; course fees, clothing list, health form, liability waiver and more details click link below for WSU Cooperative Extension 4H Challenge Course.

The Walt Hoffman (Backside) trail at Gibbs Lake County Park will be closed starting on Tuesday July 6, for about a week for Rayonier Timber Company to log a small strip of land adjacent to our property. Printable Gibbs Lake Trail Map

Over 700 acres of beautiful forest with a 90 acre pristine lake; seven miles of multiple purpose single track trail; limited bicycle only trail being built at the Silent Alder Area; hiking; horseback riding; hand boat launch area; incredible fishing; challenge course; Beautiful 100 year old forest. Link below for Trail Map for Gibbs Lake.

Fires or Charcoal grills are not allowed at Gibbs Lake County Park at anytime.

Dogs are Not Permitted at the Gibbs Lake Swimming Beach
Please do not take your dog to the beach at Gibbs Lake County Park. It is not allowed according to County Parks Code 12.25.170 (4). 

You may take your dog to any other area in Gibbs Lake County Park, on a leash at all times, such as the Walt Hoffman Trail which goes around the West side of Gibbs Lake. 

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to maintain a safe, clean and peaceful environment at the Gibbs Lake swimming beach.

Gibbs Lake Water Quality and Fishing Information
To check the current lake water quality status visit the Jefferson County Lake Water Quality Status page. For information about fishing please visit the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife page for Gibbs Lake.

No Alcohol in Gibbs Lake Park
“In the State of Washington it is illegal to open or consume alcoholic beverages in a public place" (see Title 66.44.100 of the RCW). This law applies in all Jefferson County parks, campgrounds, and recreation facilities. Exceptions to this law can be granted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (see Title 314 of the WAC) in the form of a banquet permit or a special occasion license for example. All proposals to serve alcohol at an event in a Jefferson County Park are subject to approval by Jefferson County. For more information please contact Matt Tyler at 360-385-9129 or

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