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Some WA State Recreational Lands Are Opening Next Week. Now What?

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has made the "data-driven decision" to open the state for limited day-use recreation, starting Tuesday, May 5.

“Outdoor recreation is one of the best things we can do to promote physical, mental and emotional well-being for Washingtonians during a time of great stress and isolation," Inslee said.

He's allowed the day use of state parks, state public lands, and state Fish and Wildlife areas. Washington State residents have the green light for fishing, hunting, and golf activities.

Now what? Here's what to know before you get outside.

Before you go:

  • Check what’s open

State-managed lands are open for day use, but federal and local lands might still be closed.

  • Stay close to home

Also, if your destination is crowded, do the right thing and try somewhere else nearby.

  • Be prepared

Bring soap, water, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper. Bathroom facilities may be closed or limited.

  • Stay at home if you feel sick

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When you get there:

  • Practice physical distancing

Maintain at least 6 feet of space. Allow room to pass on the trail.

  • Wear a cloth face covering, practice good hygiene
  • Leave no trace

Other guidelines:

  • Recreate only with people who live in your household
  • Respect local communities

Make sure to bring adequate food and supplies. Don't overrun rural grocery stores.

  • No camping is allowed at this time

Recreate responsibly

We're all counting on it.

Governor Inslee has made it clear that outdoor recreation is open, but could be rescinded if the public doesn't follow responsible guidelines. Please be mindful of others and be mindful of the land.

Let's flatten that curve — and hit the trail.


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